Whidbey cops to help nail hammered drivers
August 17, 2012 · Updated 2:58 PM
August is a deadly month on Washington’s roadways. From 2006 to 2010, on average, more impaired driving deaths occurred in August than any other month, according to the Washington State Patrol. That’s why between Aug. 18 and Sept. 3 extra officers will be looking for DUI drivers during the annual Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign.
The Langley, Oak Harbor and Coupeville police as well as the Island County Sheriff’s Office are among the participants, along with the State Patrol.
Drunk drivers can exhibit a variety of behaviors depending upon impairment level. For example, those who know they are impaired: Travel slower than the posted speed limit; appear to be drunk (face close to the windshield); respond slowly to traffic signals, sudden stops, tapping of brake lights; and often travel side to side within and outside of their lane.
The State Patrol recommends dialing 911 if you see a suspected drunk driver. Last year in Skagit and Island counties, during the same time period, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 52 people for DUI. For all of 2011, in Skagit and Island counties, 1,409 people were charged with DUI.
For additional information about the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, visit www.wtsc.wa.gov.