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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 5, 2012
Brittany Sill, Target Zero Manager: 360.239.3445 cell

Holiday DUI patrol removes 48 suspected impaired drivers from our roads

Thurston County, WA- This holiday season, Target Zero law enforcement patrols in Thurston County arrested 48 suspected impaired drivers. All nine city, county, and Washington State Patrol (WSP) law enforcement agencies within the county participated in DUI patrols from December 16th through January 1st in an effort to prevent serious injuries and fatalities. Thurston County experienced 17 traffic-related fatalities this year, down from 23 in 2010.

"We are happy to see this decrease, but our DUI arrests show that people still drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol," said Lt. Chris Mealy, Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) for Target Zero Thurston Task Force. "This year Target Zero Thurston will continue our education and prevention efforts to decrease the number of impaired drivers on or roads."

This emphasis patrol is sponsored by Target Zero Thurston and funded by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC). These efforts are taking place statewide to prevent alcohol related collisions.

Members of the media have an open invitation to participate in county-wide emphasis patrol ride-a-longs. For inquiries, please contact Brittany Sill, Target Zero Manager at 360.239.3445 or sillb@co.thurston.wa.us.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3