Law Enforcement Canvas Grays Harbor County Roadways for Drive Hammered, Get Nailed Program

The average blood alcohol level of people arrested in Washington for DUI is about .14.  That’s almost twice the legal limit of .08.

Especially at this time of year, law enforcement officers statewide advise all holiday party-goers to designate a sober driver, take a taxi or choose not to drink alcohol because if you drive hammered, you will get nailed!

In 2009 there were 41,006 people charged with DUI in Washington. Here’s the breakdown for the past five years:


2005                                                      41,872

2006                                                      42,029

2007                                                      41,569

2008                                                      39,455

2009                                                      41,006

This Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign is a joint effort between the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, law enforcement statewide and the
Grays Harbor Target Zero Task Force.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an average of 30 people are killed every day on our nation’s roadways as a result of alcohol-impaired crashes. However, there is good news. During 2009, there were 10,839 alcohol-impaired driving deaths nationwide, a decrease of more than 7% from 2008.

For additional information about the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, visit