Officers contact hundreds in holiday DUI patrols

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MOSES LAKE — The Central Basin Traffic Safety Task Force has wrapped up its participation in statewide holiday DUI emphasis patrols having contacted almost 300 drivers in the last half of December, according to a press release.

Among 294 contacts with drivers, officers issued 123 citations for infractions and 375 warnings, and arrested 17 individuals, among which two were arrested for DUI. Of the citations, 52 were for speeding, 21 were for driving without proof of insurance, and 18 were for equipment violations.

Another 14 citations were for moving violations other than speeding and 11 were for other violations. There was also one infraction for texting and another for a seat belt infraction.

The holiday DUI patrols are conducted in locations where data indicate they will realize the most traffic safety benefit and are part of annual efforts by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission in cooperation with agencies across the country.

The Central Basin Traffic Safety Task Force includes the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Patrol, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Ferry County Sheriff’s Office, and police departments from Moses Lake, Soap Lake, Ritzville, and Republic. Law enforcement officers from these agencies collectively worked almost 150 hours of overtime.

Emry Dinman can be reached via email at edinman@columbiabasinherald.com.

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