Shelton, WA – The primary mission of the Shelton Police Department is to protect life and property. Accordingly, Shelton police officers dedicated over 33 hours to DUI emphasis patrols over the past month as part of the state’s High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) program, thanks to grant funding from the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC).
From December 10th – January 2nd, Shelton officers made over 90 traffic stops for suspected impaired driving, which resulted in 44 infractions, 2 DUI investigations, and 7 arrests.
“Officers were on the lookout for drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs over the holiday season,” stated Lt. Fiola. “Unfortunately, we tend to see an increase in the number of impaired drivers on the road during that time. We conducted the emphasis in an effort to keep those drivers off the road.”
Impaired drivers are a factor in nearly half of all traffic-related fatalities throughout the state of Washington, and over 21% of all serious injuries. Impaired driving is defined as:
1) Driving while under the influence of drugs,
2) Driving while under the influence of alcohol, or
3) Driving with a blood alcohol concertation of .08 percent or above.
Shelton PD is pursuing additional grant funding in 2018 for targeted DUI emphasis patrols.
As a friendly reminder, please don’t drink and drive.