Police schedule extra DUI patrols through Jan. 2

More officers will be out looking for drunken drivers in the holiday-filled weeks ahead.

Extra DUI patrols in Snohomish County are planned through Jan. 2.

Last year during the period from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, city, county and state law enforcement officers in Snohomish County arrested 409 people for DUI while on routine and emphasis patrols.

Extra attention began on the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday. The long weekend has been a deadly time in recent years. Fatal crashes caused by impaired drivers have occurred on the Sunday at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend the past two years.

In 2009, four long-time friends from Clearview were killed when a drunken driver crashed into their vehicle along Highway 9 near Marysville as they returned home from planning a birthday party. A Snohomish man, Matthew McDonald, pleaded guilty to four counts of vehicular homicide, admitting he had been drinking and caused the fatal crash. He’s now in prison.

On the Sunday following Thanksgiving last year, a Bothell man, 25, died in a one-car accident off Cathcart Way near Highway 9. Investigators believe he was driving impaired, Washington State Patrol Trooper Keith Leary said.

The State Patrol wants people to enjoy the holiday season. If that includes drinking, they need to find a designated driver, Leary said.

“Have a good time but be responsible for yourself,” Leary said. “People need to go out and do their celebrating safely.”

Between 2006 and 2010, nearly 1,200 people died on Washington roadways in DUI crashes.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, stevick@heraldnet.com

More in Local News

Departing mayor’s locally drawn portrait joins city’s pantheon

Artist Elizabeth Person’s portrait of Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson will hang with others at City Hall.

Inslee proposes tapping reserves, carbon tax in budget plan

The proposal also includes money for the mental health system and efforts to fight opioid addiction.

One dead in crash south of Granite Falls

Two cars collided near the intersection of N. Lake Roesiger Road and Hidden Valley Road.

2 women struck, injured while crossing busy roads

The first happened Wednesday night in Everett. The second was Thursday morning in Edmonds.

Lynnwood robbery leads to lockdown at Edmonds schools

Edmonds police said it was just a precaution as they search around Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Marysville 7-Eleven hit by armed robbers

Officers set up a perimeter and brought in a police dog, but the man couldn’t be found.

Snohomish man, 63, missing from home since Monday

He left without his keys, wallet and phone, saying something about going to “the river.”

Counties fed up with unfunded mandates may sue the state

For example, no money has been provided to install, maintain and clear out required ballot boxes.

Pain lingers decade after recession

No matter how good things are now, it’s impossible to forget how the collapse affected people.

Most Read