Crime

Extra DUI patrols in effect in Pierce County through end of year

Additional officers will be patrolling Pierce County roads for intoxicated drivers through Jan. 1 as part of a statewide holiday emphasis patrol.

In a new partnership this year, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission joined with Uber to offer $20 off a participant’s first ride in areas where the DUI enforcement is operating and Uber works.

Participating are officers from Bonney Lake, DuPont, Fife, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Milton, Puyallup, Steilacoom, Sumner, Tacoma and University Place, in addition to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, the Washington State Patrol and the state Liquor Control Board.

“We know in Pierce County that drivers have been increasingly stepping up their game to not get behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking or drugging,” Fife police Sgt. Kevin Farris said. “We’re counting on that trend continuing.”

The patrols are part of the Traffic Safety Commission’s Target Zero initiative, which aims to have no DUIs by 2030.

On Saturday, Fife police will host a “Night of a Thousand Stars” DUI emphasis patrol during which authorities will visit bars to educate servers on alcohol laws and return to bars that suspected drunken drivers were patronizing before being pulled over.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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