DUI holiday patrols result in almost 100 arrests

Nearly 100 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence during the holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign in Kitsap County.

Officials involved with the DUI enforcement campaign — conducted from Nov. 27 through Jan. 1 — said a total of 91 motorists were stopped and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 2,723 drivers for DUI.

Officials said that last year in Kitsap County, during the same time period, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 148 people for DUI.

In Kitsap County, the Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Naval Base Kitsap, Port Orchard, Poulsbo and Suquamish police departments, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol participated in the extra DUI patrols, with the support of the Kitsap County Traffic Safety Task Force.

The extra patrols were funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Officials said the holiday season is an important time for these patrols, given the number of holiday festivities that often involve alcohol.

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