Extra patrols in King County to target drunken drivers

The streets of King County will see some extra patrol cars in search of drunken drivers this weekend.

X-52, which is the nickname of the State Patrol-sponsored program, is part of a statewide effort to catch and stop people from drinking and driving. Trooper Jeff Merrill said the patrols will be in North King County, but didn’t to specify where.

By the year 2030, law enforcement across the state are trying to eliminate all Seattle auto accident deaths. They are hopeful that the X-52 emphasis will be helpful with this goal, Merrill said.

Between 2002 and 2006, 595 people were killed in traffic crashes in King County, and 4,169 people were left with disabling injuries, said Matías Valenzuela, spokesman for Public Health – Seattle & King County. Thirty-nine percent, or 234 of these deaths, were caused by impaired drivers.

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