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Clark County law enforcement plans increased DUI patrols for Memorial Day weekend

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor

Clark County law enforcement agencies will increase DUI patrols for Memorial Day weekend.

Participating agencies include the Vancouver Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency.

More than 50 percent of all fatal crashes are due to driving under the influence. Washington Traffic Safety Commission preliminary data shows that 2021 had the highest number of polydrug drivers in fatal and serious injury crashes in state history, according to a news release from Target Zero, the state’s initiative to end traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030.

“From 2017 to 2020, 33 people died on or around Memorial Day in the state of Washington as a result of traffic crashes. Four of those were from Clark County. Those 33 people did not get to celebrate another holiday with their family and friends. Please drive safe, plan ahead, and drive sober,” Sean Donaldson, Vancouver police officer and Target Zero law enforcement liaison, said in the news release.

If you are driving and see a suspected impaired driver, call 911. If you or someone you know struggles with substance abuse, call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

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