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Published: Thursday, February 23, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

111 DUI deaths in county in 5 years; here's where they happened

  • A roadside memorial paid tribute to Meghan Stivers after she was killed by a drunk driver in Marysville in 2011.

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    A roadside memorial paid tribute to Meghan Stivers after she was killed by a drunk driver in Marysville in 2011.

Don't drink and drive. The newest generation of drivers was raised on this mantra. Yet impaired drivers bloat the county jail. In Snohomish County, drinking and driving is one of the most common crimes. It also claims the most lives. Impaired driving is the leading cause of traffic deaths in the state, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. Drugs or alcohol play a part in half of all fatal wrecks in Snohomish County. Between 2005 and 2009, an estimated 111 people in the county lost their lives in impaired-driving crashes. In comparison, there were 90 homicides. Drivers who kill rarely spend more than a few years behind bars. Some legislators want to change that. People don't realize how many drivers have been drinking alcohol, taking illegal drugs or using prescription medication, Washington State Patrol trooper Keith Leary said. He says it's staggering how much void is left in the lives of loved ones lost. The hurt spreads into the community. In all those wrecks, there's only one common factor. “All those people who were involved in DUI crashes, that were arrested for DUI or killed somebody because they were DUI, all had a choice before they got in the car: not to drive,” he said.

Fatal Snohomish County accidents involving driver impairment, 2006-10


View Fatal accidents in Snohomish County related to impaired driving, 2006-2010 in a larger map

Impairment-related fatal collisions in Snohomish County

Month20052006200720082009Total
January210328
February333009
March131016
April121318
May3133111
June4251113
July052018
August1103510
September0443112
October3130310
November001135
December2322211
Total2026251921111

Impaired drivers in fatal wrecks

AgeMaleFemaleTotal
16-2529.3%5.0%34.3%
26-3014.1%1.0%15.2%
31-4012.1%2.0%14.1%
41-5014.1%3.0%17.2%
51-6010.1%0.0%10.1%
61+4.0%5.0%9.1%
All ages83.8%16.2%100.0%

Impairment-related traffic fatalities, 2006-10

AgeDeathsPercent
<1610.9%
16-201715.9%
21-252018.7%
26-301715.9%
31-401211.2%
41-501615.0%
51-601413.1%
61-7087.5%
>7021.9%
Total107 

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