SEATTLE – There’s a national push to reduce drunk driving from August 16 through Labor Day called "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."
Law enforcement agencies from across the country, including Washington State Patrol, are adding more officers to look for impaired drivers.
“I’ve been in law enforcement for 27 years and I'm still shocked how many people on the road are driving drunk or high,” said Sgt. J.P. McAuliffe, a WSP drug recognition specialist and trainer.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Administrator David Strickland call drunk driving a deadly epidemic. In the last five years, more than 800 people were killed in drunk driving crashes during Labor Day weekend.
Every year, nearly 10,000 people die on the road because of drunk driving. That equals 20 jumbo jets crashing each year.
In Washington, DUIs are the leading cause of death on the roadways. More than 200 people died last year in DUI crashes.