DUI Enforcement

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Vancouver Police Department DUI Enforcement

Thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) nearly $300,000 has been granted to the Vancouver Police Department over the past two years to cover overtime expenses for additional officers to conduct DUI enforcement throughout SW Washington. These additional DUI patrols occur primarily on weekends and are especially focused around events or holidays that statistically have higher rates of impaired driving.

The grant also covers high visibility marketing to remind drivers that Drunk, Drugged or High...It's All A DUI.

DUI Prevention Tips

When drinking alcohol:

  • Be responsible.
  • Choose a designated driver, use a taxi, mass transit or a rideshare

When throwing a party:

  • Offer plenty of non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Serve plenty of food.
  • Stop serving alcohol well before the party ends. Give your guests an extra hour or two without alcohol before they head out the door.
  • Arrange alternate transportation.
    •  If someone appears at all impaired call a cab,set up a ride with a sober driver or give them a place to stay until they are sober.

Detecting impaired drivers:

There are several signs associated with drunk driving:

  • Making wide turns
  • Weaving, swerving, drifting, or straddling the center line
  • Almost striking an object or vehicle
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Driving at a very slow speed
  • Stopping without cause
  • Braking erratically
  • Responding slowly to traffic signals
  • Turning abruptly or illegally
  • Driving after dark with headlights off

If you see what you think is an impaired driver, keep a safe distance and call 9-1-1. Do not attempt to stop the vehicle yourself.