Crime

Increased DUI patrols start Friday in Pierce County

A Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will kick off Friday in Pierce County, meaning extra law enforcement officers will be patrolling the roads in search of impaired drivers.

The enforcement period will end Sept. 1.

People should be warned that drivers under the influence of marijuana, alcohol or drugs are at risk of being pulled over, said Darrin Grondel, director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

“With new retail marijuana stores in the mix, we want to remind the public that prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as illegal and recreational drugs, can impair driving ability,” he said.

Last year, 4,347 people were charged with DUI in Pierce County, records show.

Agencies participating in this year’s campaign include police in Bonney Lake, DuPont, Fife, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Milton, Puyallup, Sumner, Tacoma and University Place, as well as the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, the Washington State Patrol and the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

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