A recent report shows Yakima having the highest number of DUI arrests in the State

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- The holidays are here and people are out celebrating with family and friends, but after a recent report showing Yakima has the highest number of DUI arrests in the state, city leaders are warning you to not get behind the wheel after drinking or using drugs.

Target Zero Manager for the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission Charlotte Layman presented to the Yakima Police Department the number of DUI arrests for the last fiscal year, October 2016 through September 2017.

She says Yakima has the highest number of DUI arrests in the state, and that number has increased from previous years.

“There were 382 DUI arrests in the state of Washington through Target Zero teams programs, and the Yakima Police Department comprised 132 of those DUI arrests for the entire state," said Layman.

This means throughout the entire state 34.5% of DUI arrests were made by the Yakima Police Department.

In the state of Washington if someone has an alcohol level of .08% they are considered legally impaired.

People can expect to serve 24 hours in jail and get a fine of $1,000 or more if they are given a DUI.

Detective Sergeant for the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office Mike Russell says he has seen an increase in DUI arrests during the holiday season because people are out celebrating.

He says driving intoxicated is not something to take lightly. People can go to jail, cause an accident or even a fatality.

“Quite often the people who are dying in these drinking and driving collisions are not the people who are drinking and driving, it's some other form of collateral damage an innocent person driving down the road or walking down the road," said Sergeant Russell.

He says people can also get a DUI for being under the influence of marijuana or other drugs including prescription medications, therefore its best to avoid any of these when getting behind the wheel.

“It is just important for people to remember just don’t risk it, if you have been drinking at all, don’t get behind the wheel," said Sergeant Russell.

Sergeant Russell recommends if you plan to drink or use marijuana, set up a designated driver beforehand.

You can also leave your keys with someone else or stay over where you’re partying until you sober up.

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