Drive Hammered, Get Nailed in full force between Aug. 19-Sept. 5

King County law enforcement is working together to conduct been up DUI patrols in hopes of getting drunken and unsafe drivers off of the road.

The King County Target Zero Task Force organizes the efforts of King County law enforcement to conduct the DUI patrols for the last two weeks of August through the Labor Day weekend.

The Task Force is trained to detect motorists who are driving under the influence. They look for drivers who are driving erratically, have committed a moving violation, are driving with an equipment violation such as a burned-out tail light, have an expired registration or drivers whom they have seen leaving bars, restaurants, markets or parties.

Police are able to identify a lot of driving patterns which tip them off that the driver might be intoxicated including drifting, braking erratically, following too closely, weaving, making wide turns, driving without headlights and driving on the shoulder are a few of the tip-off behaviors.

Once a driver has been stopped, the officer can administer a field sobriety test but often they can detect if a motoring is intoxicated just by the way they answer questions, get out of their vehicle or by visually seeing alcohol containers in the vehicle. If a driver is stopped for suspected DUI, he or she will be asked to submit to a breath test.

In Washington state, the standard for intoxication is 0.08% blood alcohol content. In Washington State, all DUI offenses are gross misdemeanors. RCW 9A.20.021, 46.61.502(5) & 46.61.504(5).

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by drunken drivers and the families of those killed.

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