Results of the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed Campaign In Whatcom County Announced Today

This is one sample of news releases customized by county throughout the state.

Whatcom County, WA – The results are in from the recent Drive Hammered, Get Nailed enforcement campaign conducted from August 17 through September 3.

In Whatcom County, 42 motorists were stopped and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), and statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 1,603 drivers for DUI. Last year in Whatcom County, during the same time period, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 52 people for DUI.

In Whatcom County, Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden and Western Washington University Police Departments, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, and the Washington State Patrol participated in the extra DUI patrols, with the support of the Whatcom County Traffic Safety Task Force. The extra patrols were funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

These patrols are important because August is one of the deadliest months on Washington’s roadways.

Results of the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed Campaign In Whatcom County Announced Today

What are the telltale signs? This is one sample of news releases customized by county throughout the state.

August is a deadly month on Washington’s roadways. From 2006 – 2010, on average, more impaired driving deaths occurred in August than any other month.* That’s why between August 17 and September 3 extra officers will be looking for DUI drivers during the annual Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign.

It’s up to all of us to keep our roads safe. So, what are signs of an impaired driver? Drunk drivers can exhibit a variety of behaviors depending upon impairment level. For example, those who know they are impaired:

Travel slower than the posted speed limit
Appear to be drunk (face close to the windshield)
Slow responses to traffic signals, sudden stops, tapping of brake lights
Travel side to side within and outside of their lane
Those who don’t think they are impaired generally drive a little more aggressively and:

Speed
Follow too closely
Change lanes abruptly (weaving in and out of traffic)
Travel side to side within and outside of their lane
The combination of one or more of these behaviors may alert you that you are near a drunk driver, so what do you do?

DIAL 911. Though dialing 911 is encouraged only for emergency situations, what could be more important than potentially saving lives?

Last year in Kittitas County, during the same time period, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 34 people for DUI. For all of 2011, in Kittitas County, 555 people were charged with DUI.**

The Central Washington University, Ellensburg, and Cle Elum/Roslyn Police Departments, the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office, and the Washington State Patrol will participate in this Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign.

The Kittitas County Traffic Safety Task Force organizes and supports this enforcement effort.

* According to Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

** According to the Administrative Office of the Courts: http://www.courts.wa.gov/caseload/?fa=caseload.showReport&level=d&freq=a&tab=CourtLevel&fileID=rpt07