The state's first "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" holiday DUI campaign resulted in the arrest of 543 drivers around Pierce County and a total of 3,446 arrests statewide.
The effort ran from Nov. 21, 2012, to Jan. 1, 2013. Last year in Pierce County, regular and extra patrols arrested 562 on suspicion of DUI during that same time period.
The following Pierce County jurisdictions participated in the new campaign: Sumner, Bonney Lake, Fife, Puyallup, Tacoma, Gig Harbor, University Place, Lakewood, Dupont, Steilacoom and Fircrest Police Departments, along with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington State Patrol.
Extra patrols were funded through a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
—Information from a Washington Traffic Safety Commission news release