DUI patrol program honors memory of teens killed in crash

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by ADAM MERTZ / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on March 2, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 2 at 8:58 PM

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Federal Way police officers are stepping up DUI patrols as part of “The Nick and Derek Project,” named for two high school students killed by a drunk driver in 2010.  

The campaign was launched this weekend with additional officers patrolling the streets looking for drunk and distracted drivers.

The enforcement program is named after Decatur High school students, Derek King and Nick Hodgins, who were killed in 2010.

Even as time passes, Randall and Cathy King say the pain never really goes away.

"Nobody can prepare you for the death of your son or daughter,” said Randall. “It was a very hard thing for us to cope with and it still is.”

The King family advocates for tougher DUI laws and supports new programs to keep drunk drivers off the roads.

"Early on we were contacted by the police department to ask if we would be willing to support this,” said Randall.

The city council approved the police department proposal to allocate $50,000 to the Nick and Derek Project, which is similar to a police pilot program launched in 2013.

"We feel that these deterrents, these laws, these programs that are coming out actually help other people and they help us,” said Randall.

Derek's parents believe the program can save lives.

"Derek lives on in our hearts, but we want Derek to also be remembered by all of his friends,” said Randall.

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