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DUI enforcement up 28 percent here

Washington State Patrol troopers take delight in getting drunken drivers off the roadways. WSP District 3 Commander David J. Karnitz said that's why he's pleased to recognize the outstanding DUI enforcement for troopers assigned to the Yakima Valley area.

Karnitz said during the first 10 months of 2004, WSP troopers in the Yakima area arrested 516 people on DUI charges. During the same period in 2003, there were 403 DUI arrests. That is a 28 percent increase.

Also, the 62 people arrested on DUI charges last month is the highest number of DUIs taken off the roads for any single month since 68 were arrested in December 2002.

"The Yakima troopers have taken to heart the importance of getting these dangerous drivers off the road before they crash and harm themselves or someone else," said Karnitz. "I am proud of the work they are doing. It is making a difference every day."

The WSP will be working extra hours through the coming holiday season to ensure state highways are safe.

"Troopers in both Yakima and Sunnyside are poised to build on the phenomenal momentum of the past few months and keep the holidays safe by aggressively detecting and arresting every DUI they can through New Year's Day," added WSP Lieutenant Jim Keightley.

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