Drunk driving patrols in force beginning Aug. 18

KITSAP COUNTY — Extra DUI patrols will be out on Kitsap County and Washington state roadways from Aug. 18-Sept. 4 looking for drunk or drugged drivers, as part of the state’s law enforcement’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

Each summer in the state, an average of 149 people die in traffic crashes, which is the deadliest season of the year, reports the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

In Kitsap County, the Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Naval Base Kitsap, Port Orchard, Poulsbo and Suquamish police departments, plus the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol, will be canvassing the roads in search of impaired drivers, said WTSC spokeswoman Belinda Young.

The campaign is designed to encourage drivers to make the right choice by designating a sober, drug-free driver, or by taking a cab, catching a ride share, Uber, Lyft, or even walking should they become impaired.

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