Troopers join forces against impaired drivers

By on Thursday, December 31st, 2020 in Columbia Basin News Columbia Basin Top Stories

OLYMPIA – The Western States Traffic Safety Coalition is warning that dangerous driving has no place on the roads during the New year’s holiday and that drunk or high drivers cannot hide from the thousands of troopers and officers on the roads in the association.

The coalition includes the Washington State Patrol, Oregon State Police, Idaho State Police, Arizona Department of Public Safety, California Highway Patrol, Utah Highway Patrol, Nevada Highway Patrol, Montana Highway Patrol, Utah Highway Patrol, Colorado State Patrol, South Dakota Highway Patrol, and the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

On average, 300 people die each year in the U.S. associated with New Year’s celebrations. Since 2007, the Washington State Patrol has responded to about 469 collisions as a result of impaired driving annually.

Part of the patrols include specially-trained drug recognition experts to identify impaired drivers. Officers are ready to coordinate efforts to hold drivers accountable across state lines.

“Our goal is zero deaths due to impaired driving on the New Year’s holiday and when it comes to drunk or high driving in this and every state in our part of the country, there is simply no place to hide,” WSP Chief John Batiste said.