Extra DUI patrols for 4th of July weekend

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by TERESA YUAN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on July 4, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 4 at 11:08 AM

SNOHOMISH COUNTY -- Law enforcement agencies around Western Washington are warning drivers to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” this Fourth of July.  Police and Washington State Patrol are adding more patrols and aircraft to look out for impaired drivers.

Americans love to celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food and fireworks. But, too often, alcohol turns the party into a tragedy. Authorities say it makes this iconic holiday one of the most deadly days of the year on the nation’s roads.

“About half the accidents I roll up to are caused by an impaired driver,” said Trooper Mark Francis.

Related: Best and worst times to drive 4th of July weekend

During a morning ride-along with the Trooper Francis Thursday, we spotted other troopers pull over a suspected drunk driver in Marysville around 7:00 a.m. Troopers say she rear-ended the car in front of her.

The driver of that car? Her boss.

The driver was arrested after failing a field sobriety test. She told troopers she drank the night before and took prescription drugs in the morning.

Trooper Francis encourages drivers to call police if you see a drunk driver on the road. Give authorities the make, color, model of car and location.

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