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Wash. troopers arrest more than 200 suspected impaired drivers over July 4 weekend

State troopers arrested about 211 people statewide on suspicion of impaired driving over the Fourth of July weekend.

Eighteen people in Whatcom County were arrested to face that charge, with city and county law enforcement contributing to eight of those arrests, according to jail booking records.

The state patrol’s figures reflect dispatch logs from 8 a.m. July 1 to 5 a.m. July 5. By comparison, the WSP made 234 arrests or bookings of impaired drivers in 2015.

Last year driving drunk or high was the main cause of about 46 percent of fatal crashes in Washington, according to the state patrol. Impaired driving also includes drug-positive drivers.

Troopers have a goal of zero traffic deaths on state highways by 2030.

This story was updated with more current totals on Friday, July 7.

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