Crime

More impaired drivers are on the roads, so police are upping DUI patrols

File photo: Washington State Patrol Trooper Chad Hoff gives a suspected DUI driver a series of field tests including this 'eye test' on the shoulder of Hyw. 512. This man passed the tests and was allow to continue on his way. (Russ Carmack/The News Tribune)
File photo: Washington State Patrol Trooper Chad Hoff gives a suspected DUI driver a series of field tests including this 'eye test' on the shoulder of Hyw. 512. This man passed the tests and was allow to continue on his way. (Russ Carmack/The News Tribune) THE NEWS TRIBUNE

Drunken drivers, beware.

Extra patrols will hit Pierce County roads starting Friday to target those who get behind the wheel after having a few drinks or smoking too much marijuana.

The emphasis will last through Labor Day weekend.

An average of 149 people die in traffic crashes every summer in Washington, making it the deadliest season on the road, according to the state Traffic Safety Commission.

Last year, impaired drivers were involved in statewide crashes that killed 277 people and seriously injured another 371.

Participating agencies include police from Bonney Lake, DuPont, Fife, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Milton, Puyallup, Ruston, Steilacoom, Sumner Tacoma and University Place, as well as the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and State Patrol.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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