Expect more cops on the road for St. Patrick's Day holiday

Staff writerMarch 13, 2014 

Additional law enforcement will be patrolling for impaired drivers in Pierce County this weekend as part of a St. Patrick Day emphasis.

The DUI enforcement will include 70 officers from 30 agencies in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties. Officers and troopers will be patrolling in Pierce County Saturday, north King County Friday and Snohomish County Monday.

Within an hour of every DUI arrest, law enforcement and a Liquor Control Board representative will visit the bar last frequented by the impaired driver to talk with employees about over-serving.

Cards will be handed out to bar patrons early in the evening to encourage calling a taxi rather than getting behind the wheel.

Those efforts are part of the Home Safe Bar program.

Drunken driving caused 63 percent of all traffic fatalities over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday from 2005 to 2013 in the three participating counties, according to the Tacoma-Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force.

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