PORT TOWNSEND: Police to seek drunken drivers during fest

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Don’t mix your drinks with this weekend’s Rhododendron Festival, law-enforcers are warning.

Authorities in Jefferson County will be focusing on finding drunk drivers this Friday as the annual community event peaks, Jefferson County sheriff’s officials announced this week.

At least three arrests for driving under the influence are expected, officials said.

The average DUI costs between $10,000 and $15,000, and also includes jail time, higher insurance rates and possible license suspension, sheriff’s officials said.

The Rhody fest runs through Sunday.

The carnival opens at 3 p.m. today at Memorial Field in downtown Port Townsend. On Friday, the bed races start at about 6:30 p.m. at Washington and Adams streets.

A grand parade in Port Townsend at 1 p.m. on Saturday highlights the schedule.

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