KENNEWICK, Washington — The Washington State Patrol District 3, covering Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Walla Walla, and Yakima counties, crunched its 2019 numbers and compares them to the year before.
In 2019, the WSP arrested 36 more people for driving under the influence than in the year before. DUI arrests last year totaled 1,112 compared to 1,076 in 2018.
The WSP also responded to more crashes in 2019. Last year, there were 5,483 crashes compared to 4,109 the year before.
“In February 2019, we had a month-long snow storm that caused an increase in crash numbers,” Trooper Chris Thorson said.
That snow storm in February also contributed to fewer vehicles being stopped for speeding. In 2019, WSP made 37,561 speed contacts, more than 5,800 less than the 43,385 speed contacts made in 2018.
“Snow on the ground is not good for stopping cars, (it’s) too dangerous,” Thorson said.
WSP also reported 28 fatal crashes in 2019, compared to 21 in 2018.