Campaign busts 96 local drivers for DUI

By Paul Suarez, Columbian web producer

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Clark County officers arrested 96 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the latest Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign.

Across the state, 1,824 drivers were arrested for DUI during the campaign, which was from Aug.19 through Sept. 5.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and the Battle Ground, Camas, Ridgefield and Vancouver police departments held extra patrols during the campaign with help from the Clark County Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force. Extra patrols were funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

More than 40 percent of the DUI traffic deaths occur in Washington during the summer, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission said in a release.

Preliminary data from 2010 shows the number of DUI traffic deaths decreased by 16.5 percent compared to the previous five year average, the commission said.