Extra law enforcement will be on the roads looking for impaired drivers in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties over St. Patrick's Day weekend, March 15-17.
"Don't press your luck this weekend. Make sure you and your friends get home safely," said Dr. David Fleming, Director and Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County. "If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver, ride the bus or take a cab."
The Washington State Liquor Control Board also will visit local bars to educate employees about the extra DUI patrols and responsible service. Officers will hand out "Click 2 Ride" cards with information about taxi services that bars can share with patrons.
More than 40 percent of all traffic deaths involve an impaired driver in Washington state.
Participating agencies in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties include the Arlington, Auburn, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bonney Lake, Bothell, Burien, Clyde Hill, Covington, Des Moines, Duvall, Edmonds, Enumclaw, Everett, Federal Way, Fife, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, Granite Falls, Issaquah, Kent, Kirkland, Lake Stevens, Lakewood, Lynnwood, Maple Valley, Marysville, Mercer Island, Mill Creek, Milton, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Newcastle, North Bend, Port of Seattle, Puyallup, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, SeaTac, Seattle, Snoqualmie, Steilacoom, Sumner, Tacoma, Tukwila, Tulalip Tribal, University Place, and Woodinville Police Departments, the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, the Washington State Liquor Control Board and the Washington State Patrol.