Highway Patrol reports 22 percent increase in DUI arrests in 2017

  • Wednesday, December 20, 2017 10:56am
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Washington State Patrol troopers have arrested a much higher number of DUIs this year, in comparison to last year. The total number of arrests through the end of November went from 1,999 in 2016 to 2,565 in 2017 in King County alone. This is an increase of 566 arrests, more than 22 percent.

Staffing levels have increased over 2017 as the State Patrol hired, trained and commissioned new troopers.

This effort has directly affected the reduction of collisions in 2017 by 6 percent.

The Washington State Patrol would like to remind drivers to make good choices throughout this holiday season and beyond. The Mobile Impaired Driving Unit will be deployed to effeciently process DUIs and extra troopers will be patroling the roadways to remove impaired drivers.

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