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Increased DUI patrols on roads Friday

By Andy Matarrese, Columbian environment and transportation reporter
Published: November 29, 2016, 7:59pm

The Washington State Patrol will have extra troopers, and its DUI processing recreational-vehicle, out on Clark County roadways this Friday for special emphasis patrols aimed at curbing drunken and drugged driving.

Officers from other local police agencies will join the extra troopers for the patrols, which are scheduled for Friday, part of the annual Night of 1,000 Stars, a statewide and multi-agency saturation patrol.

So far this year, law enforcement agencies in Clark County have investigated 25 fatality collisions involving impaired drivers, according to the State Patrol.

Troopers also will bring along their Mobile Impaired Driving Unit on Friday. It’s a 36-foot motorhome the State Patrol retrofitted into a mobile processing center for impaired driving cases and a command post for larger responses. It has three breath testers and two holding cells, along with computer stations and radio communications equipment.

The state patrol reminded drivers to be responsible behind the wheel and have a plan for getting to and from their revels before going out, because impaired driving continues to be a leading factor in the state’s traffic deaths.

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Columbian environment and transportation reporter