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Law enforcement agencies in Washington State are gearing up for a potential increase in DUI arrests over the St.

Patrick’s Day weekend.

The Washington State Patrol has announced that extra officers will be on the roads, using emphasis patrols and mobile impairment driving units to track down drunk drivers.

According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, over half of all deadly crashes on the state’s roads in 2022 involved impairment from drugs or alcohol.

While a bill to lower the legal blood alcohol concentration level did not pass in the legislative session, lawmakers are reminding people that drunk driving is a choice and that there are many other options for getting home safely.

Troopers with the Washington State Patrol anticipate that DUI arrest numbers will be higher than usual this year, especially since St.

Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday.

Those caught driving under the influence could face jail time and a fine of up to $10,000.

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