Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Ft. Lewis Reserve MPs Serve and Protect: "Target Patrols" Zero in on Drunk Drivers

Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Ft. Lewis Reserve MPs Serve and Protect: "Target Patrols" Zero in on Drunk Drivers

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FORT LEWIS, Wash. - With summer right around the corner, there's an increase in outdoor activities among troops and more opportunities to be engaged in events where alcoholic beverages are served away from home. One challenge of these summertime events is to not combine those beverages with driving - especially Washington state's .08 law.

In January 1999 the law for amount of alcohol in the blood, known as a bloodalcohol concentration, was lowered from .10 to .08 of a percent. This means the number of "cold ones" you can drink and still drive legally is a lot less. According to the Washington State Patrol, the .08 law is one of the toughest in the United States.

On a drizzly Saturday night, two soldiers who decided to drive after doing too many "12 ounce curls" were snagged by one military policeman. Two people in two cars in two separate incidents jeopardized their careers because they thought they could get away with "driving under the influence."

Sgt. Dennis Folk took those soldiers off the road that dreary night. He loves his work and seems to have a sixth sense when it comes to DUIs. It's been said that Folk can tell if you sniffed a beer cap an hour before you got in your car. Folk uses a combination of solid observation skills and intuition born from more than 10 years as a military police patrolman.

Folk is a member of the 2122nd Garrison Support Unit of the 70th Regional Support Command. He and several others in the Army Reserve unit augment the MP operations at Fort Lewis. …

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