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‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’

POULSBO — From 2008-2012, an average of 49 people died in traffic crashes in Washington between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

DUI is still the leading cause of traffic death. That is why between Nov. 27 and Jan. 1, extra officers will be looking for drivers under the influence on Washington roadways.

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission recently asked people what the goal should be for the number of traffic deaths in Washington. Everyone indicated they would like to see fewer people killed. But when asked what the goal should be for their family members, everyone responded, “zero.” (Well, almost everyone. Visit www.WAdrivetozero.com to see what residents think about zero traffic deaths).

The commission offers these tips to help law enforcement in working toward zero traffic deaths.

— Call 911 if you see a suspected DUI driver on the roads.

— If you drink, use marijuana, or take other drugs, don’t drive. Make plans beforehand for how you’ll get around.

— If you are hosting a party, make sure your guests get home safely. Plan to have sober designated drivers available. Buy a few extra air mattresses so guests can stay the night. If it’s an office party, limit alcohol, provide shuttle service or book hotel rooms. As a party host, you are liable for the actions of the people who leave your party intoxicated.

— Talk with your children about alcohol, marijuana and other drugs. Help them understand the ways alcohol and marijuana use can harm their bodies, their brains, and their future. Let them know that they can call you instead of ever getting into a car with a driver who has been drinking, using marijuana or taking drugs. www.starttalkingnow.org

— Give the best gift of all with the Designated Driver Gift Card found at http://wadrivetozero.com/gift-cards/.

— Addiction is a complex issue. If you or someone you know is dealing with alcohol, marijuana or drug abuse, call the Washington Recovery Help Line at 1-866-789-1511. http://warecoveryhelpline.org/

The Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Naval Base Kitsap, Port Orchard, Poulsbo and Suquamish Police departments, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, and the Washington State Patrol are working toward zero traffic deaths by participating in this “Holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

The Kitsap County Traffic Safety Task Force organizes and supports this enforcement effort.

 

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