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1/10/2013 11:20:00 AM
Cops arrest 33 for DUI during holidays in Chelan County
Arrest Results
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over arrest results: NOV. 21, 2012-JAN. 1, 2013

33 DUI arrests - Chelan County
17 DUI arrests - Douglas County
4 DUI arrests - Okanogan
Total: 54
Nov. 23, 2011 to
Jan. 2, 2012
49 DUI arrests - Chelan County
22 DUI arrests - Douglas County
21 DUI arrests - Okanogan County
Total: 92

Vince Lovato

Cops made 33 DUI arrests in Chelan County between Nov. 21 and Jan. 1 as a result of their Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, law enforcement officers made a combined 54 arrests in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties. Last year during the same time period, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 92 people for DUI. Statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 3,446 drivers for DUI.

The Brewster, East Wenatchee, and Wenatchee police departments, the Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan county sheriff's offices and the Washington State Patrol participated in the extra DUI patrols, with the support of the Chelan-Douglas Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force.

The extra patrols were funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, according to Kristina
Moy, safety commission spokeswoman.

The holiday season is an important time for these patrols, given the number of Holiday festivities that often involve alcohol, Moy wrote in a press release.

Law enforcement agencies and the safety commission used a media blitz before Thanksgiving to inform drivers of the increased patrols and penalties for a DUI arrest.

The cost of an ignition interlock is $1,200. The device is about the size of a cell phone with a tube for breath samples and judges often require DUI convicts to install the device on their vehicles. The driver must blow into the device every time they start their vehicle, which will start if there is no alcohol in the driver's system.

Since January, 2012, ignition interlock drivers have to have a record of clean blows for the last four months of the restriction in order to get the device removed and be eligible for their regular driver's license.

"This ensures that drivers demonstrate the ability to separate their drinking from their driving," said safety commission Director Darrin Grondel.

For additional information about the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, visit

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