Wednesday, November 10, 2004
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.