Include a Safe and Sober Ride Home in Your Holiday Festivities

The following news release is a sample of the release sent to Yakima and Klickitat Counties. Localized releases were sent statewide.

Yakima and Klickitat Counties, WA – The holiday season is nearly upon us, and the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) would like to remind Washingtonians to plan ahead and use alternative transportation after drinking alcohol or using marijuana during celebrations.

“The Yakima Police Department would like to encourage you to have a safe and joyous holiday season.  We will be conducting extra patrols, therefore, if your festivities involve alcohol or marijuana  please take care of each other and find a safe ride home,” said Sgt. Chance Belton of the Yakima Police Department.
Preliminary Fatality Analysis Reporting (FARS) data shows more than 500 traffic deaths so far in 2015, nearly 100 more reported deaths than this time last year.

“We have seen an unfortunate increase in traffic deaths this year,” said Darrin Grondel, WTSC director, “By encouraging people to plan ahead over the holiday party season, and to ensure a sober ride home, we hope our state will experience zero traffic deaths in December and through the New Year.”

Extra DUI enforcement patrols statewide began November 26 and will end January 1.

“As the holiday season is upon us, the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office encourages you to celebrate safely and responsibly. We will be adding extra patrols countywide in our effort to provide the safest roadways to our citizens and visitors. If you chose to drink alcohol or use Marijuana please don’t drive. Have a Safe and Happy Holiday season,” said Sgt. Joe Riggers, of the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office.
In Yakima and Klickitat Counties the Grandview and Yakima Police Departments, the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol will be teaming up and participating in the extra patrols, with the support of the Yakima and Klickitat County Traffic Safety Task Force.