St. Patrick's Day is one of those holidays individuals associate with drinking. Pour yourself a pint of Guinness and watch the parade or get ready for March Madness. Unfortunately, the Washington State Patrol is also aware of this and they were out in full force from Friday to Monday, reports KOMO News.
The Washington State Patrol doesn't intentionally try take away all the fun from a holiday. They just know when and where to set up to catch impaired drivers. The Patrol reportedly combed their databases and focused on areas known to have a problem with drunk driving such as along Interstate-5 from State Route 518 in Tukwila to State Route 512 in Lakewood.
In the last five years, the Washington State Patrol say that they received an average of 120 calls for suspected drunk driving during the four days surrounding St. Patrick's Day each year. In addition, there were about 25 car collisions a year. It's still too early to know the statistics for the number of stops, arrests, and accidents made this St. Patrick's Day.
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