Extra patrols on roadways in Washington state

CLARKSTON, WA - "Drive Hammered, Get Nailed," that's the message law enforcement wants drivers to realize when they head out on the roadways.

Local and state patrols will be out in full force starting Friday for the statewide crackdown on impaired drivers. Extra patrols, undercover authorities, and speed traps are some of the tools used to keep fatalities low, especially when accidents on the roadways are much higher during this time of year.

"Historically August has been one of the more lethal months for Washington state drivers," said Asotin County Under sheriff Scott Coppess. "Between 2006 and 2010 it resulted in more alcohol related fatalities than any other month."

The "Drive Hammered, Get Nailed" campaign will run from Friday through September 3rd. Authorities encourage everyone to practice safe driving and encourage you to call 911 if you see signs of someone driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.