Manpower issues have forced the Washington State Patrol to disband its DUI squad, according to KEPR’s Vince Sapienza. However, this does not mean drunk drivers can get off the hook that easily. For instance, even without a DUI squad, more than 130 DUI arrests took place in the first six months of the previous year.
The Tri-Cities DUI squad is part of Washington’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan, also known as Target Zero. The initiative aims to achieve zero casualties on the road by 2030. Impaired drivers, or those who drive while under the influence of alcohol and other substances, account for a little over half of the state’s traffic fatalities and are, therefore, top priority for the initiative.