Statewide speeding crackdown starts Friday
April 8, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 11:50 a.m. April 8, 2010
More than 150 law enforcement agencies statewide will crack down on speeders during weekends from Friday through May 1.
Police will conduct extra speed patrols on roads throughout the state on Fridays from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. The extra patrols will monitor local roads, state highways and interstates.
The campaign — called Slow Down or Pay Up — will be the first statewide anti-speeding campaign rolled out here. Washington Traffic Safety Commission officials said the effort ties into a plan — known as Target Zero — to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries on Washington roads by 2030.
“Washington’s commitment to improving traffic safety through Target Zero has produced significant results in the last four years,” Washington Traffic Safety Commission Director Lowell Porter said in a news release. “By identifying the state’s traffic safety priorities and investing our resources based on data, proven strategies, best practices, and strong partnerships, we can again this year realize fewer deaths and serious injuries resulting from speeding.”
Almost 1,200 people died in Washington in speeding-related crashes between 2004-08, state data shows.
“Regardless of the issue, police agencies get far better results when we work as a team,” Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste said in the release. “We routinely create task forces to deal with narcotics, auto theft or predators on the Internet. It’s only natural that we should take a multi-agency approach to the important issue of speeding and the collisions that result.”