DUI Arrest in King County

DUI Campaign: “Drive Hammered, Get Nailed”  This is the campaign King County has been involved in for at least two years.  According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, a total of 364 motorists were arrested for investigation of driving under the influence (DUI) in King County.  Statewide, 1603 drivers were arrested for investigation of DUI during the “Drive Hammered, Get Nailed” campaign, which ran from August 17 to September 3.

If you were arrested for a DUI in King County out of the following cities: Auburn, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Burien, Clyde Hill, Covington, Des Moines, Duvall, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kent, Kirkland, Maple Valley, Mercer Island, Newcastle, North Bend, Pacific, Port of Seattle, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, SeaTac, Seattle, Snoqualmie and Tukwila, as well as the State Patrol, you may have been an involuntary participant in this campaign.

A grant from the Traffic Safety Commission paid for the extra patrols.

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a defense attorney or not but whenever I hear of “campaigns” of this type I begin to wonder what is the true intent of the participants.  Is it for public safety or for government funding?  It just seems so easy to disguise the end goal to generate government funds through concerns for “public safety.”  Didn’t we lose some other privacy rights based on this?


Published by Washington State defense lawyer David O