Drive Hammered, Get Nailed program back

Between Aug. 17 and Sept. 3 extra officers, including in Tukwila, will be looking for DUI drivers during the annual Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign. August is a deadly month on Washington’s roadways; from 2006 - 2010, on average, more impaired-driving deaths occurred in August than any other month, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

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Between Aug. 17 and Sept. 3 extra officers, including in Tukwila, will be looking for DUI drivers during the annual Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign.

August is a deadly month on Washington’s roadways; from 2006 – 2010, on average, more impaired-driving deaths occurred in August than any other month, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

The combination of one or more of these behaviors may alert you that you are near a drunk driver, so what do you do?

Last year in King County, during the same time period, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 452 people for DUI. For all of 2011, in King County, 10,331 people were charged with DUI.

The Auburn, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Burien, Clyde Hill, Covington, Des Moines, Duvall, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kent, Kirkland, Maple Valley, Mercer Island, Newcastle, North Bend, Pacific, Port of Seattle, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, SeaTac, Seattle, Snoqualmie and Tukwila Police Departments, and the Washington State Patrol will participate in this Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign.

The King County Target Zero Task Force organizes and supports this enforcement effort.

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

 

How to spot signs of trouble

According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, here are some behaviors drunken drivers can exhibit, 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)

• Slow responses to traffic signals, sudden stops, tapping of brake lights

•  Travel side to side within and outside of their lane

Those who don’t think they are impaired generally drive a little more aggressively and:

• Speed

• Follow too closely

• Change lanes abruptly (weaving in and out of traffic)

• Travel side to side within and outside of their lane

Someone who sees a driver exhibiting such behavior should dial 911.

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