Police beef up patrols to target high drivers

Tri-City HeraldJune 28, 2014 

Extra police patrols on local roads and highways are starting next week, looking for impaired drivers.

The DUI patrols start Monday and run through July 13, according to the Benton-Franklin Traffic Safety Task Force. All local law enforcement agencies plan to participate.

They plan to target drivers who drive while under the influence of marijuana as part of the "Drive High, Get a DUI" campaign, officials said.

During last year's campaign, 406 drivers were contacted and 46 of those were arrested for driving under the influence, officials said. There also were 100 citations issued, and officers made 39 arrests for other crimes.

The extra patrols are part of the statewide "Target Zero" campaign, which aims to end all deaths and serious injuries on Washington roads by 2030.

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