Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Successful Weekend in King County on Both Land and Water

In Seattle we have just wrapped up a beautiful Seafair weekend. Even with all the "stay-cationers" King County was able to keep its collision numbers way down. Below is a press release from the WSP. Stay safe out there.

Successful Weekend in King County on Both Land and Water

With record breaking temperatures and larger than expected crowds, the Washington State Patrol is pleased to report that there were no fatality collisions, and only one serious injury collision, on King County highways during Seafair weekend.

The WSP conducted safety emphasis’ on both land and water which resulted in the apprehension of 160 impaired operators and multiple other criminal arrests in King County during the 3 days of festivities.

During the land emphasis, troopers partnered with WSP’s aviation program and the motoring public to help patrol the highways for impaired drivers. During one stop on Saturday afternoon a concerned citizen called 911 to report a possible DUI on I-5 in south Seattle. WSP pilots (who are also commissioned troopers) communicated with the 911 caller and were able to locate the vehicle. The airplane followed the vehicle and observed it nearly cause a couple separate collisions while watching it drift in and out of its lane. Pilots coordinated a response and ground troopers were able to stop the vehicle before it caused a collision. The driver was subsequently arrested for DUI. This driver was one of 50 that were arrested on King County highways this weekend. Aircraft video of this stop will be available tomorrow morning upon request.

King County troopers partnered with marine units from other local agencies to make this year’s annual Seafair BUI emphasis a success. This emphasis resulted in the apprehension of 110 impaired vessel operators and no vessel collisions on Lake Washington.

Trooper Dan McDonald
Washington State Patrol
King Co. Public Information Officer
District 2 Special Operations
2803 156th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98007
Work: (425) 401-7788
Cell: (206) 769-3962
Fax: (425) 401-7842

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