DUI patrols to increase in Snohomish Co. after record breaking arrests

    DUI patrols to increase in Snohomish Co. after record breaking arrests (KOMO News)

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. – The Washington State Patrol is bulking up its DUI task force that covers Snohomish, Whatcom, and Skagit Counties.

    “Cleary we have an issue,” said Trooper Heather Axtman. “We have an issue in this region with people driving under the influence.”

    Axtman said on Friday they’ll recognize a unit of five troopers that recently surpassed one thousand DUI arrests for the year.

    This same task force arrested less than 900 DUI drivers in 2017.

    “These just over a thousand drivers could have had a completely life-altering crash that could affected their life, their loved one’s life, or somebody else’s loved one,” said Axtman.

    But in reaching the benchmark, the State will add two more troopers to patrol the roads in Snohomish County for DUI drivers.

    The move comes six days after 25-year-old Josilyn Lundquist was hit head-on by a driver arrested for DUI in Monroe.

    “We both keep asking, why bad things happen to good people,” said Stephanie Lundquist, Josie’s sister, outside Harborview Medical Center.

    The family says Josie has undergone six surgeries in six days after the crash Friday afternoon on SR-522 in Monroe.

    “Watching her go through all this is probably the toughest thing anybody has to go through,” said Jody Lundquist, Josie’s mom.

    Statewide, there have been 14,897 DUI arrests, according to the Washington State Patrol.

    “It’s so unnecessary. People, I understand people make mistakes, but these are so preventable. They are 100 percent preventable,” said Jody Lundquist, who said Josie is expected to survive and did not experience any spine or brain damage.

    On Friday, the Target Zero Task Force will host its annual ‘Night of A Thousand Stars,’ which recognizes the one-thousand badges patrolling statewide for DUI drivers.

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