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Saving lives, one DUI arrest at a time

Local law enforcement officers from each agency who had made the most DUI arrests in 2004 were honored Friday, making for a grand total of 358 arrests among nine officers.

“We’d like to say thank you to all of our officers,” said Marsha Masters, president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Kitsap County, who hosted the annual awards ceremony. Each award winner was presented with a plaque, a portable breathalyzer test unit for their agency and a M&M candy dispenser for their work in getting the drunks off the roads.

“This is the 25th anniversary of MADD, 25 years of saving lives,” Masters said.

She added that 16,000 people a year die in alcohol-related crashes.

“That’s 40 to 50 people a day that are still losing their lives in alcohol-related crashes, that’s too many, one is too many,” she said. “We don’t want any more victims. I kind of hope MADD can be put out of business.”

Masters is a retired teacher who worked for many years at Olympic High School. One of her students was killed in an alcohol-related crash in 1984.

“To deal with that empty seat was one of the hardest things I had to deal with while

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