A holiday season crackdown on drunken driving led to 219 arrests across Spokane, Pend Oreille and Ferry counties.
That’s up from 197 arrests during the same period a year earlier, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. The increase is attributed to the first-ever “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement effort from Nov. 21 to Jan. 1 targeting drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Statewide, 3,446 motorists were arrested during the crackdown.
Participating in the Eastern Washington crackdown were the following law enforcement agencies: Cheney, Airway Heights, Eastern Washington University, Republic, Spokane and Spokane Valley police departments; the Spokane, Pend Oreille and Ferry County sheriff’s offices; and the Washington State Patrol, with the support of the Spokane County Target Zero Task Force.
The extra patrols were funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.