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Auburn, Algona, Pacific join effort to beef up DUI patrols

The Auburn, Algona and Pacific police departments will join other law enforcement agencies to conduct extra DUI patrols in King County from Nov. 24-Jan. 2.

Public education, combined with strict enforcement, is a proven method for reducing DUI crashes and fatalities, authorities said. However, law enforcement officers can't do it alone.

Carol and Frank Blair are doing their part.

The Blairs have made it their mission to reduce the carnage caused by drunken drivers. On Feb. 26, 2010, their daughter Sheena was killed when an SUV moved into her lane and hit her head-on. The driver of the SUV had a blood alcohol level of almost three times the legal limit.

While their grief is enormous, the Blairs are actively working to prevent drunken driving by leading many efforts to honor the spirit of Sheena and all other victims of drunken driving crashes. They urge everyone to do their part this holiday season to prevent drunken drivers from getting behind the wheel.

"Don't let our story become your story," Frank Blair said. "Call a cab. Call a friend. Plan ahead. No matter who you are, someone loves you."

In 2010, Sheena Blair was one of 188 people in Washington who died as a result of a crash involving a drunken driver. Between 2006 and 2010, the total was 1,191.

This is why officers from the Algona, Auburn, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Burien, Clyde Hill, Covington, Des Moines, Duvall, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kent, Kirkland, Maple Valley, Mercer Island, Newcastle, Normandy Park, North Bend, Pacific, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Seatac, Seattle, Snoqualmie, and Tukwila Police Departments and the Washington State Patrol will commit extra patrol hours to make the roadways safer for everyone. These efforts are part of Washington's Strategic Highway Safety Plan to reduce traffic fatalities to zero by the year 2030.

Last year during the same time period, officers in King County on routine and extra patrols arrested 876 people for DUI.

The King County Target Zero Task Force organizes and supports this enforcement effort. They urge you to join the team to prevent drunk driving.

For additional information about the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, visit www.wtsc.wa.gov.

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