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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, December 12, 2011
Brittany Sill, Target Zero Manager: 360.239.3445 cell
Trooper Guy Gill, WSP spokesperson: 253.606.1998 cell

Night of 1,000 Stars: Honoring and Thanking our Law Enforcement

Thurston County, WA- Friday, December 16th, Target Zero Thurston Task Force members along with friends and family will gather at the county courthouse to honor fallen officers with a dedication patrol titled Night of 1,000 Stars. The event is organized by the task force which is comprised of all local law enforcement agencies. This night will also recognize the efforts these civil servants devote to Target Zero emphasis patrols.

The Night of 1,000 Stars is an annual event that represents the 1,000 officers across Washington State working together to stop impaired driving. This night is dedicated to keeping you and your family safe during the holiday season. This year, December 16th has been proclaimed by the Thurston County Commissioners as Night of 1,000 Stars, with an award ceremony scheduled for 4:00pm-6:00pm that day.

"The goal of Target Zero is to decrease the number of traffic deaths and serious injuries to zero by 2030." says Brittany Sill, Target Zero Manger. "These patrols send our officers to specific areas where fatalities and serious injury collisions occur and serve as a reminder to citizens to be smart and drive safely."

"We all set out to work with one simple goal in mind, remove as many impaired drivers from our roads as possible. We truly believe that what we do during these patrols saves lives." stated Trooper Guy Gill.

This event is supported by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission who provides the funding and direction for all Target Zero Programs.

For more information regarding Target Zero Thurston or for a media ride-along, please call Brittany Sill - Target Zero Manager - 360-239-3445.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3