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Karen Wigen, Target Zero Manager
Spokane County Traffic Safety Task Force
1026 W. Broadway Ave | Spokane, WA 99260
509/477-2342 Bus | kwigen@spokanecounty.org
Sergeant Tony Meyer
Spokane Police Department
1100 W. Mallon Ave | Spokane, WA 99260
509/835-4587 | ameyer@spokanepolice.org



Under the Influence? Under Arrest!

Target Zero Teams are elite law enforcement officers who are 100 percent dedicated to getting impaired drivers off Washington roadways. These teams will be deployed to strategically target times and places DUI crashes are most likely to occur.

Hoopfest DUI Patrols - Mobile Impaired Driving Unit (MIDU) will be downtown Spokane all weekend during Hoopfest. Read more...

Extra Summertime DUI Patrols - Spokane, Ferry, and Pend Oreille County, WA. Read more...

Everyone Has a Responsibility
to Keep Motorcyclists Safe

Summer is here and the Department of Licensing, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, and the Department of Transportation are reminding drivers of cars, trucks and buses to look out for, and share the road with, motorcycle riders. View Media Release

To raise awareness about tragic but preventable motorcycle crashes, 17 large road signs are scheduled to be installed this summer in locations across Washington where fatal motorcycle crashes are highest. These signs should remain in place for 10 to 15 years.


"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Campaign

Results of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign In Spokane, Whitman, Ferry and Pend Oreille Counties, WA - The results are in from the recent Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI enforcement campaign conducted from August 16 through September 2, 2013

In Spokane, Whitman, Ferry and Pend Oreille Counties, preliminary numbers show that 119 motorists were stopped and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), and statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 1,420 drivers for DUI. Last year in Spokane, Whitman, Ferry and Pend Oreille Counties during the same time period, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 133 people for DUI.

In Spokane, Whitman, Ferry and Pend Oreille Counties, the Cheney, City of Airway Heights, Colfax, Eastern Washington University, Pullman, Republic and Washington State University Police Departments, the Whitman, Ferry and Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Offices and the Washington State Patrol participated in the extra DUI patrols, with the support of the Spokane County Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force. The extra patrols were funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

These patrols are important because August is one of the deadliest months on Washington’s roadways, including all causes of traffic fatalities.

These and all extra patrols are part of Target Zero—striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit www.targetzero.com. Additional information on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission can be found on the website, www.wtsc.wa.gov.

For additional information, please visit, Washington Traffic Safety Commission.



No Refusal Weekend

Spokane County: To combat the often deadly problem of impaired driving, the Spokane County Target Zero Task Force will have local law enforcement agencies out in force March 14 and 15, 2014 cracking down on impaired drivers.

This crackdown will include Target Zero’s latest enforcement strategy a “No Refusal Weekend.” This strategy is so named because all suspected impaired drivers arrested during the enforcement period who refuse breath testing will be subject to blood testing for alcohol or drugs.

“No Refusal Weekends are a way to more effectively hold drunk drivers accountable. Our goal is to make our streets safer and save lives. Impaired driving is a major public safety threat that still claims thousands of innocent lives on our roadways every year,” said Sgt. Tony Meyer, Spokane Police Department.

In Spokane, as well as the rest of America, anyone driving with a blood or breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter or higher is considered legally impaired. However, many impaired drivers refuse to submit to breath testing in an attempt to avoid—or have reduced—the criminal sanctions they could face upon conviction. Continue reading the media release here... View/Print Media Release

Analysis of suspected impaired driving cases (DUI & DRE) received at the Washington State Toxicology Laboratory – Statewide and Spokane County data, blood results. View/Print



Carrie's Story - A Consequence of Distracted Driving

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