It's not clear how much of a presence that people with Irish ancestry have in Seattle and the surrounding areas. But one thing's for sure: lots of people in the region call upon their "inner Irishman (and Irishwoman)" whenever the St. Patrick's Day holiday rolls around.
Typically, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated at pubs, bars, and street festivals throughout King County and in the surrounding counties as well. Not surprisingly, that means that area law enforcement agencies will be ratcheting up their efforts to crack down on drinking and driving.
Through the state of Washington's "Target Zero" program, various police departments will be stepping up patrols from now until the wee hours of Tuesday, March 18 (the day after St. Patrick's Day). Target Zero is a cooperative effort that is supported by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. These DUI enforcement efforts will be scattered all over King, Shonomish, and Pierce Counties (and elsewhere across the state as well). Almost four dozen area municipal police departments will join sheriff's deputies and the Washington State Patrol in this initiative.
In addition to the extra patrols, the Washington State Liquor Control Board will visit bars, pubs, and other establishments that serve alcohol to educate employees their about providing "responsible service" to its patrons.
Obviously, this means that St. Patrick's Day revelers should drink responsibly and consider either designating a sober driver or using cabs or public transportation when imbibing. But it's also important to remember that just because an officer pulls you over and arrests you on DUI charges, you are still innocent until proven guilty - and an experienced DUI defense lawyer can provide invaluable assistance in your case.