Police step up speed enforcement

April 13, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

Issaquah Police and more than 150 law enforcement agencies statewide will crack down on speeders during weekends 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 – 8 p.m. The extra patrols will monitor local roads, state highways and interstates.

Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers said officers plan to step up speed enforcement throughout the city. The department uses data culled from accident reports and complaints to police to decide where to increase patrol emphasis.

Ayers said officers examine accident data to determine if problems resulted from the engineering of a road or intersection, enforcement or driver education.

Issaquah Police Officer John Lindner tickets a motorist at Front Street and Sunset Way for driving 40 mph in a 25-mph zone April 9, during the first day of a statewide crackdown on speeding. By Greg Farrar

The speed-enforcement 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.”

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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