St. Patrick’s Day patrols dedicated to killed teen

The Kitsap County “Target Zero” traffic safety task force is reminding drivers not to get behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Extra patrols will be on-going March 15–17, where local law enforcement agencies will be actively looking for impaired drivers.

“Whether you’re gathering with friends at a local bar, or a private party, if alcohol is part of the festivities, following a simple plan will save you a lot of headaches,” said Marsha Masters, a Kitsap County Target Zero manager.

Officials note that a DUI arrest is not the worst that can happen, you could be charged with vehicular homicide or vehicular assault if someone is killed or injured while you were driving impaired.

On March 17, 1991, Steven Lennon and his two passengers were returning home from roller-skating when an impaired driver, traveling the wrong way on State Highway 16, struck them head-on. His two friends were severely injured. Lennon was killed.

Lennon was 18 years-old, an Eagle Scout, an exchange student to Germany and a Boy Scout counselor at Camp Parsons. His acceptance letter to the University of Puget Sound arrived the day after he was killed. He was never to become what he dreamed of doing.

The upcoming St. Patrick’s Day weekend emphasis patrols are dedicated to the memory of Lennon.

“His sister and I have missed him every day for 22 years,” said his mother, Loie Lennon.

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