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Washington State Patrol on the lookout for impaired drivers on ferries this New Year's weekend

The Washington State Patrol and Washington State Ferries reminds drivers and passengers to celebrate safely for the New Year's weekend. DUI laws will be enforced while moving in and around ferry terminals and vessles.
Target Zero's goal is to reduce traffic fatalities to zero by 2030. Image courtesy of Washington State Department of Transportation.

From a Washington State Patrol news release.

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) Homeland Security Division and Washington State Ferries reminds drivers and passengers to celebrate safely for the New Year's weekend.

Whether your travels take you on a state highway or a state ferry, it’s equally important to drive sober, and to prevent dangerous situations fueled by impaired driving.  

The New Year’s holiday in-particular has led to problems in years past including a DUI arrest at the Fauntleroy ferry terminal in West Seattle on January 1, 2018.

In 2016, troopers and ferry crews dealt with multiple assaults and two partially disrobed passengers on the Seattle/Bainbridge route.

Our state is working to achieve the Target Zero goal. This goal is to reduce traffic fatalities to zero by the year 2030. The WSP continues to strive to achieve this through educating drivers where possible and enforcement when necessary. This includes enforcement of DUI laws while moving in and around WSF vessels and terminals.  

Driving under the influence is a crime that is one-hundred percent preventable and you can help eliminate. If you suspect a driver aboard a ferry or anywhere else may be impaired, please call 911 or report it to a WSP or WSF staff so we can work to ensure all drivers and passengers throughout the region are able to enjoy a safe 2019.
 

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