King County Troopers See a 45 Percent Decrease in Collisions this Fourth of July
The Washington State Patrol staffed an extra 8 Troopers in King County on the Fourth of July specifically targeting D.U.I and aggressive driving. This weekend’s emphasis was successful as
there were no serious injury or fatality collisions on King County highways, and a 45 percent decrease in the number of reportable collisions compared to the 2008 Fourth of July weekend.
King County Troopers apprehended 51 impaired drivers and responded to 26 collisions, 8 of them involving injuries. “I am very proud of our troopers and the motoring public for their
dedication in making our roadways safe. I am ecstatic to report that this is the second holiday weekend in a row that we have not had a serious injury or fatality collision on King County
highways,” stated Lieutenant Jeffrey Sass of the Washington State Patrol.
On the night of July 4th, the Washington State Patrol’s impaired driving section set up their Mobile Impaired Driving Unit (MIDU) at the WSP Roanoke Office. The MIDU was staffed with
Drug Recognition Experts and BAC technicians that assisted King County Troopers in processing impaired drivers. Between the hours of 11:00pm and 2:30am the MIDU assisted in
processing 10 impaired drivers and completed 1 drug evaluation.