Jerry Swanson, SPD Public Info Assistant, 509.610.9451
Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 2:58 p.m.
61% of roadway fatalities in Spokane, Pend Oreille & Whitman counties between 2016 -2020 have been attributable to impaired driving. Vacation celebration time doesn’t need to imply vacation tragedy time. In the event you drink or devour different substances, plan forward and don’t drive drunk or drugged. SPD conducts impaired driving emphasis patrols throughout conventional occasions of the 12 months when persons are partying – New Years, graduations, and many others. A typical false impression with DUI’s is that they solely contain consuming and driving. Many DUI’s contain a number of intoxicants. In lots of instances, particularly in a state the place it’s authorized, drivers are discovered with marijuana of their system, which qualifies as a DUI.
Accountable driving comes down to picking to make easy choices upfront to guard you and your mates from driving underneath the affect. These choices embrace providing a trip, providing your sofa for the evening, or calling an Uber or different rideshare. It doesn’t matter what time of 12 months, please drink responsibly and prepare for a sober trip dwelling. We wish you to take pleasure in your time along with your family and friends however get dwelling safely by having a chosen driver.
DUI officers reply to all deadly collisions and to many crashes to find out if impairment performed a task within the collision. SPD made 527 DUI arrests, which included 8 fatalities, in a one 12 months interval ending 09-30-2021.