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Night of 1,000 Stars to hit the streets Friday

By RACHEL BRANT

Staff writer

Wintertime driving can be dangerous.

But bring alcohol into the mix and it becomes deadly.

Community DUI/Traffic Safety Task Forces, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and law enforcement agencies across the state will participate in the 17th annual Night of 1,000 Stars traffic safety emphasis patrol Friday, Dec. 14. Roughly 1,000 officers will be on duty during the patrol attempting to stop impaired drivers before they injure themselves or others.

“Our purpose out there is to ensure safe motoring for those who are going to be out on the roads,” said Deputy Scott Wilson, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers as well as people who speed, drive aggressively or violate other traffic laws. During last year’s Night of 1,000 Stars, 201 drinking drivers were removed from Washington roadways and arrested for driving under the influence. Kitsap County officers were responsible for 14 of those arrests.

“We are starting in to the holiday season, a time when statistically we know there are going to be a lot of people out on the roads,” Wilson said. “There will be a significant number of people who will choose to drive impaired rather than get a designated driver.”

Kitsap County Traffic Safety Task Force agencies participating in the emphasis patrol include the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, Bremerton, Port Orchard, Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island police departments.

So far this year, there have been 21 traffic related fatalities in Kitsap County and Wilson said removing impaired drivers from roadways may prevent another fatality from happening.

“We want to make sure that those driving will make it to and from their destinations safely without being subjected to those who choose to drive impaired,” he said.

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