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According to the Tri-City Herald, 161 DUI arrests were made by Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers during the Christmas holiday weekend in 2011. In contrast, only 28 DUI arrests were made by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers for this same period. WSP also reported three fatal collisions during the holiday weekend, whereas the OSP only reported one fatal accident.

Washington has about twice the number of drivers as Oregon, but we had 5 times as many arrests. Are Washington drivers more likely to drink while drive or just more likely to get caught? It would be interesting to also be able to add in the number of arrests by local law enforcement to get a more comprehensive number.

A DUI will probably mean you will lose your drivers license for anywhere from 90 days to 4 years, based on prior offenses and your blood alcohol level. When it is time to get your license back, Mid-Columbia Insurance can help with the required insurance and SR-22 filing. Call us in Kennewick, Pasco, Sunnyside, or Yakima