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Extra enforcement patrols on roads for festivals, graduations and summertime activities in June

Snohomish County law enforcement will be patrolling county roadways during the next three weekends in order to reach their goal of zero traffic deaths during the month of June. Their focus will be on drivers who speed or drive while impaired, as well as underage drinkers and those who provide alcohol to minors. Washington State Liquor Control Board Enforcement Officers will also be working in tandem.

"We know that traffic fatalities increase during the busy summer months with more vehicles on the roadways for high school graduations, area festivals and the start of summertime vacations and activities," said Tracy McMillan, Snohomish County DUI and Target Zero Task Force Manager. "We want to make sure everyone gets home safely."

These specialized traffic safety patrols are funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. Problem roadways will be targeted throughout Snohomish County during the month of June. For instance, on Saturday, June 16, law enforcement will be working in the areas of Marysville and Arlington. Troopers, deputies and officers will be patrolling Interstate 5, Highways 530 and 9, and city and county roadways.

Law enforcement would also like to encourage drivers to share the road with motorcycles. Monday, June 18, is "National Ride to Work Day," as noted on the www.ridetowork.org website.

"Sadly, two motorcyclists lost their lives last month in Snohomish County," McMillan said. "Please drive and ride safely, and always have a designated driver if you choose to go out and celebrate. Drive hammered? Get nailed."

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