110 DUIs issued in Tri-City area during holiday season

By the Tri-City HeraldJanuary 8, 2013 

Tri-Cities law enforcement arrested 110 motorists over the long holiday season for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Coordinators of the statewide campaign, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," said it is encouraging that the number for Benton and Franklin counties dropped from the previous year.

The enforcement crackdown from Thanksgiving through New Year's netted 131 arrests in 2011.

"The holiday season is an important time for these patrols, given the number of holiday festivities that often involve alcohol," according to a news release from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

The campaign is conducted from Nov. 21 until Jan. 1.

Over almost six weeks, a total 3,446 drivers were picked up for DUI in the state.

The holiday DUI patrols were funded through a Traffic Safety Commission grant, and supported by the Benton-Franklin Traffic Safety Task Force.

The Kennewick, Pasco, Richland and West Richland police departments, the Benton and Franklin County sheriff's offices and the Washington State Patrol participated in the extra patrols.

Oregon police identify victim in fatal crash near Hermiston

Judith Burns, 63, has been identified by Oregon State Police as the woman who died Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash near Hermiston.

Burns was from Bit Timber, Mont., but was living temporarily in Ione. A passenger in her pickup, Evan Jesus Delacruz-Meza, 45, of Ione, was not injured. Both were wearing seatbelts and the pickup's airbags deployed.

The wreck happened just before 11 a.m. on Highway 207, about three miles south of Interstate 84, the Oregon State Police said.

Burns was going north on Highway 207 when she tried to pass a flatbed truck making a left turn, troopers said. She returned to her lane, but her 2012 Toyota Tacoma slammed into the back of the flatbed truck, which had slowed to make the turn.

Two people in the flatbed truck, Scott J. Madison, 55, and Kattie L. Pettyjohn, 45, both of Echo, were not injured.

Kennewick police set meeting about sex offender information

The Kennewick Police Department will hold a sex offender information meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at 211 W. Sixth Ave. in Kennewick.

The meeting will cover how to determine if any registered sex offenders live in your neighborhood, how to protect yourself and your family, where offenders are allowed to live, what restrictions are on them, if any, and how to receive a notification any time an offender moves into your neighborhood.

A representative from the Support, Advocacy & Resource Center will explain various services the center offers, including how to talk to your children. For further information, call Officer Allan Knox at 582-1352.

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