From 2008-12, 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, and from now through Jan. 1, 2014, 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.”
To reach zero traffic deaths takes effort from everyone, so law enforcement is asking you to join them in working toward zero traffic deaths, by logging onto www.WAdrivetozero.com to review important safety tips, such as:
• 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’re 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.
• 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.
• Give out Designated Driver Gift Cards from http://wadrivetozero.com/gift-cards.
The Arlington and Marysville police departments will be working with those of Bothell, Brier, Edmonds, Everett, Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, and Mukilteo — as well as the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Liquor Control Board and the Washington State Patrol — to reach zero traffic deaths by participating in this holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.