DUI patrols will be out in force

Law enforcement agencies across the state will conduct extra drunken driving and traffic safety patrols through Monday as part of the New Year’s “Drive hammered, get nailed” program.

Cities that have received extra funding for the program in Snohomish County include Arlington, Edmonds, Everett, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Snohomish and Sultan.

“We hope to prevent a senseless tragedy from occurring during the holidays,” said Tracy McMillan, Snohomish County DUI Task Force coordinator. “We encourage people to plan ahead, use designated drivers, stay in hotels, get taxis, grab the keys and do whatever it takes to make sure that the person behind the wheel is sober.”

Early closures for New Years

New Year’s Day is Saturday, so some agencies and businesses are taking Friday off to celebrate, or at least closing early. Some closures:

Government: Some federal, state and local offices will be closed Friday.

Schools: Closed.

Post offices: Open Friday.

Commerce: Some businesses and banks will be closed Friday, and others will be open and close early. Most retail stores are open.

Transportation: Washington State Ferries is on a holiday schedule Friday on the Edmonds-Kingston, Seattle-Bainbridge, Point Defiance-Tahlequah and Mukilteo-Clinton routes. The rest of the routes will operate on a regular Friday schedule. On Jan. 1, all routes will operate on a Saturday schedule.

Meanwhile, Community Transit is on a holiday schedule. For information on bus routes, go to www.commtrans. org.

The Herald: Classified and the reception area will be closed Friday. The Herald holiday delivery deadline is 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Customer service (delivery) will be available 7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at 425-339-3200.

Call in news tips to 425-339-3428.


A device that automatically detects early symptoms of congestive heart failure was first implanted in a patient at the University of California, Los Angeles. The location of the surgery was incorrect in an Associated Press story that ran Dec. 17 on Page A4.

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