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Authorities: Keep Your Luck & Don’t Drive Drunk

OFFICIAL NEWS RELEASE:  Law enforcement throughout Spokane and Pend Oreille Counties will be out on the roadways between March 11 and 20 to arrest drunk drivers who are out partying during the St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Participating in these St. Patrick's Day patrols are the Cheney, Eastern Washington University, Spokane and Spokane Valley Police Departments, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, the Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office and the Washington State Patrol.

Last year, during this same time period, a total number of 99 DUI arrests were made in Spokane and Pend Oreille Counties.

In Washington State, the most frequent factor contributing to traffic deaths is still driver impairment. In 2009, traffic crashes killed 491 people on Washington's roadways. Impaired drivers accounted for 53.8 percent of the total (264 deaths).

"Drunk or drugged driving remains the leading cause of death in traffic crashes. These preventable crashes can be eliminated if everyone works to become a part of the solution," said Lowell Porter, Director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Another factor is the time of day that traffic deaths involving impaired drivers occur. More than two-thirds of impaired-driver-involved fatal collisions occurred during nighttime hours (6 pm to 6 am) in Washington (67.4 percent from 2000-2009).

For additional information about the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, visit www.wtsc.wa.gov.

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