Drunken driving arrests in Pierce County were down from last year over the Labor Day weekend, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
Law enforcement officers arrested 238 people on suspicion of driving under the influence from Aug. 16 to Sept. 2 during a special enforcement period called Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. During the same time last year, 270 people were arrested.
Statewide, 1,420 suspected drunken drivers were arrested during that time period this year.
Officials said August is one of the deadliest months on Washingtons roads.
Participating in the DUI patrols were police were Bonney Lake, Buckley, DuPont, Fife, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Milton, Orting, Puyallup, Steilacoom, Sumner, Tacoma and University Place, as well as the Pierce County Sheriffs Department and the State Patrol.
The extra patrols were paid for by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.