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Fewer Drivers Arrested for DUI in King and Pierce Counties

Posted by Kevin Trombold DUI Defense Attorney | Sep 06, 2013 | 0 Comments

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There seems to be interesting news on the topics of driving under the influence arrests by police in the area. Numerous law enforcement agencies across the state combined to step up DUI patrols as part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. Statewide, a total of 1,420 arrests were recorded during the crackdown, which ran from Friday, August 16 through Labor Day and was funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

But when you look a little closer to home, there weren't nearly as many people getting arrested in the Seattle metro area as there were during the same campaign in 2012.In King County, records indicate that a total of 292 drivers were hauled in on DUI charges during the crackdown. That's a substantial drop from the 374 arrests made a year ago, which is a decrease of almost 22%.

And in Pierce County, only 238 people were charged with DUI in the same period, which is about 12% less than the 270 arrested in 2012's increased enforcement effort. Similar trends were observed across the state in Benton and Franklin Counties (64 arrests made this year altogether, compared to 70 in 2012) and in Kitsap County (71 people were arrested last year, but only 47 this year).

So what can we glean from this data?

Perhaps fewer people are actually driving while impaired.

Or there were fewer officers assigned to this year's enforcement effort than in 2012.

Or maybe police are adhering to a higher standard when deciding to charge drivers with DUI.

What do you think?

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