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DUI patrols to ratchet up in Pierce County

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A sober driving campaign kicking off Friday in Pierce County will target drug use as much as alcohol, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign means extra law enforcement officers will be patrolling the streets until Sept. 5.

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

Officials want to raise particular awareness about driving under the influence of drugs.

About a third of drivers in the state tested positive for drugs, including alcohol, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which tested a voluntary sample.

“We want drivers to be as aware of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs as they are of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol,” said Darrin Grondel, director of the Traffic Safety Commission.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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