Law enforcement agencies all over Washington will have extra patrols on the road Dec. 11-12 for the 19th annual “Night of 1,000 Stars.”
Each “star” represents the badge worn by an on-duty officer.
The effort emphasizes removing drunken and drug-impaired drivers from the roadways. Officers also will be watching for other violations, such as speeding, aggressive driving and driving without a seat belt.
“Our no-tolerance policy on driving under the influence and operating a motor vehicle in an unsafe manner has had a positive impact for our community,” Sheriff Steve Mansfield of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said in a prepared statement. “Many of the arrests we make come from citizens who observe vehicles being operated erratically, so remember: If you see something, say something. Together we make a difference.”
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The “Night of 1,000 Stars” is a cooperative effort involving the statewide Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Forces, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and state law enforcement agencies.
Law enforcement agencies are also asking citizens to remember all fallen officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty — including those killed in Pierce County last weekend — and appreciate those who continue to protect and serve
Washington state officers who were killed this year:
Deputy Sheriff Stephen (Mike) Gallagher, Lewis County, Aug. 18; Officer Timothy Brenton, Seattle Police Department, Oct. 31; and Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens and Officer Greg Richards, Lakewood Police Department, Nov. 29.