The holiday season is nearly upon us, and the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) and local area law enforcement would like to remind Washingtonians to plan ahead and use alternative transportation if you plan on drinking alcohol or using marijuana during holiday celebrations.
Preliminary Fatality Analysis Reporting (FARS) data shows more than 500 traffic deaths so far in 2015, nearly 100 more reported deaths than this time last year.
"We have seen an unfortunate increase in traffic deaths this year," said Darrin Grondel, WTSC Director, "By encouraging people to plan ahead over the holiday party season, and to ensure a sober ride home, we hope our state will experience zero traffic deaths in December and through the New Year."
Extra DUI Enforcement Patrols statewide began November 26 and will end January 1, 2016.
Because nearly 40% of Lewis County fatal crashes since 2008 have involved an impaired driver, Lewis County law enforcement agencies will be teaming up and participating in the extra traffic safety patrols, with the support of the Lewis County Target Zero Task Force.
The Washington Traffic Safety Commission embraces Target Zero--striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030, but we can't get there without your help. Driver Sober and be part of our Target Zero Team. Remember, drunk, drugs, or high, it's a DUI. For more information, visit www.targetzero.com.