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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Jerry Noviello, Target Zero Manager. 360.239.3445, novielj@co.thurston.wa.us
Angie Ward, WTSC Program Manager, 360.725.9888, award@wtsc.wa.gov

Keep Your Luck and Don't Drive Drunk

Thurston County, WA - Law enforcement throughout Thurston County will be out on the roadways between March 14 and 18 to arrest drunk drivers who are out partying during the St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Participating in these St. Patrick's Day patrols are the Chehalis Tribe, Lacey, Olympia, Nisqually Tribe, Tenino, Tumwater, Yelm Police Departments, the Thurston County Sheriff's Office and the Washington State Patrol.

In Washington State, the most frequent factor contributing to traffic deaths is still driver impairment. In 2011, traffic crashes killed 454 people on Washington's roadways. Impaired drivers accounted for 43.8 percent of the total (199 deaths).

"Drunk or drugged driving remains the leading cause of death in traffic crashes. These preventable crashes can be eliminated if everyone works to become a part of the solution," said Darrin Grondel, Director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Law enforcement encourages all party-goers to make plans to get home safely and wants drivers to call 911 if they see someone who may be driving impaired. Be smart and drive safely this St. Patrick's Day.

For additional information about the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, visit www.wtsc.wa.gov.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3