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Mobile DUI Command Center is Now Assisting The Holiday DUI Emphasis Patrols

November 30th, 2017 No comments

 

The Impaired Driving Section of the Washington State Patrol (WSP) has deployed its Mobile Impaired Driving Unit (MIDU). This deployment is in support of the DUI emphasis kicking off the holiday season.

 

The MIDU is a self-contained 36 foot motor home that has been retrofitted as a mobile DUI processing center and incident command post. The MIDU is equipped with three breath testing instruments, two temporary holding cells, three computer work stations, an incident command computer terminal, a dispatcher console with wireless access to WSP dispatch centers and a microwave downlink tower for real time broadcasts from WSP aircraft. This is a full service police station on wheels.

 

This will allow the WSP and local law enforcement to process DUI defendants much quicker, getting each trooper / officer back out on the road faster.

 

Additional troopers and other law enforcement agencies will be out on the roads this holiday season looking for impaired drivers.

 

Over 5,000 Distracted Drivers Stopped Since New Laws Began

November 21st, 2017 No comments

Since last July 2017 when Washington State started enforcing stricter distracted driving laws, WSP Troopers have stopped 5,083 drivers for operating a vehicle and holding an electronic device at the same time. That is just over 43 drivers per day. Of these 5,083 distracted drivers, only 770 received citations, with most only receiving a warning. However a WSP spokesman says the grace period of only getting a warning is almost up. WSP will soon ticket ALL distracted drivers. Fines start at $136 and can affect your car insurance rates.