Starting this Friday, Mar. 9, through Sunday, Mar. 18, local law enforcement will conduct extra DUI patrols in Spokane County.
St. Patrick’s Day has become a popular night out to celebrate, which is why officers from the Cheney, City of Airway Heights, Eastern Washington University, Liberty Lake, Spokane and Spokane Valley Police Departments, the Spokane and County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol will commit extra patrol hours to make the roadways safer for everyone.
During this same time period last year in Spokane County, 74 people were arrested for driving under the influence. On St. Patrick’s Day 2009, 37 percent of the drivers and motorcyclist involved in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above, according to statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).