Crime

Extra DUI patrols nabbing Whatcom County drivers

At 6:50 a.m. Nov. 28, a Washington State Patrol trooper was injured while sitting in his patrol car that was struck from behind while he was investigating a collision along westbound Highway 18 to South Interstate 5 in Federal Way.
At 6:50 a.m. Nov. 28, a Washington State Patrol trooper was injured while sitting in his patrol car that was struck from behind while he was investigating a collision along westbound Highway 18 to South Interstate 5 in Federal Way. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Special police patrols targeting drivers who have been drinking or using marijuana have been capturing lots of violators in Whatcom County this holiday season.

Sixteen people were booked into Whatcom County Jail for driving under the influence Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 13.

Extra DUI patrols began Nov. 26 and go through Jan. 1. Bellingham, Everson, Ferndale, Lynden, and Western Washington University police departments, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol are participating. State troopers also will be enforcing the “move over” law, where cars need to move over a lane, if possible and safe, for stopped emergency vehicles.

Uber, which just launched in Bellingham, is offering riders $20 off their first trip as part of the anti-DUI effort, according to the commission. Use the promo code BHAMSAFE.

The Bellingham Herald

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