OLYMPIA – The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) recognized the Longview and Wenatchee Police Departments with the LCB Partnership in Public Safety Award for their efforts in capturing Place of Last Drink (POLD) data during fiscal year 2017. POLD data is recorded during impaired driving arrests and provides valuable insight into where alcohol over service may have occurred.
“The partnership that exists between the WSLCB and other law enforcement agencies is crucial to our success,” said LCB Enforcement Chief Justin Nordhorn. “We’d like to thank these partners for their commitment to safe communities in Washington State. Both departments had the highest rate of data collection per arrest in all Washington.”
The collected data assists the LCB in deploying resources and services, such as additional oversight and education for licensees and staff on alcohol over service prevention. Reducing the over service of alcohol not only helps prevent impaired driving and related traffic collisions, but other alcohol related community harms such as fights, domestic violence, and sexual assaults. National studies have shown 50 percent of impaired drivers originate from liquor licensed businesses.