The Washington State Patrol (WSP) was awarded the Outstanding Law Enforcement Agency Award by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) for its efforts in 2008 to remove drunk and impaired drivers from the road according to WSP media release.
In 2008, WSP troopers arrested 20,240 impaired drivers which was 45% of all DUI drivers arrested by all law enforcement agencies. Coinciding with the efforts to remove drunk drivers from the roads, the number of fatal car accidents related to drunk driving fell from 10.4 percent in 2007 to 9.4 percent in 2008 in Washington. The legal limit for driving under the influence in Washington state is 0.08%.
The WSP has put into place many systems which help them remove drunk drivers from the road. These include emphasis patrols on weekends and over holidays, targeting aggressive drivers, air patrols and public education.
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