As we head toward the Independence Day holiday, local law enforcement agencies are also gearing up, getting ready for increased patrols on the lookout for impaired or aggressive drivers. Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson says that they’re teaming up with agencies in Lewis, Thurston and Grays Harbor counties for the “DUI Summer Kick-Off” effort. Nelson says that this is an effort to identify and arrest drivers who are impaired by alcohol or other substances, working with police agencies throughout the region in a coordinated plan. Nelson says that the risks associated with drinking and driving are simply too great, and that’s why they’re taking a tough stance. Find out more about the Cowlitz County Traffic Safety Task Force by going to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission website.