Bainbridge police will join with law enforcement agencies across Kitsap County in launching DUI emphasis patrols during the holiday season.
The stepped-up enforcement effort starts Dec. 13, and will continue through Jan. 2.
More than 145 law enforcement agencies statewide will be adding patrols to search for drivers who are impaired from alcohol, cannabis or other substances.
“Most people believe driving impaired is unacceptable and will make plans for a sober ride when celebrating this holiday season,” said Mark Medalen, program manager at the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. “We encourage everyone to make a plan before they party, so they can return home safely.”
Local agencies that are participating in the patrols also include the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Naval Base Kitsap Police Department, the Washington State Patrol, and the Port Orchard, Poulsbo, Bremerton and Suquamish police departments.