Countywide speeding crackdown starts Friday

July 15, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. July 15, 2010

Issaquah police and law enforcement agencies throughout King County plan to blanket area roads with extra patrols in order to crack down on speeding.

The beefed-up enforcement starts Friday and continues through Aug. 1 as part of the Slow Down or Pay Up campaign. Safety officials said the effort ties into a statewide plan — called Target Zero — to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries on Evergreen State roads by 2030. The state Traffic Safety Commission funds the extra patrols.

“Speeding may seem like a quick and effective shortcut, but in fact it is a leading cause of traffic deaths and injuries in King County and Washington state,” Dr. David Fleming, director and health officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, said in a news release. “Speed-related crashes harm individuals, families and communities, and many people hurt in these crashes suffer life-altering trauma and never recover fully.”

Speeding drivers killed 140 people in King County between 2006-08 — or 44 percent of traffic deaths in the county during that period.

Police in neighboring Bellevue and Sammamish plan to participate in the increased patrols. The effort also includes Washington State Patrol troopers.

“Driving is a complex skill, demanding your complete attention,” Cesi Velez, the South King County Target Zero manager and part of the Kent Police Department, said in the release. “Slow down and watch for sudden stops when traffic is heavy or the road has limited sight distance. Avoid tailgating by leaving a car’s length between you and the car in front of you for every 10 mph you’re traveling. Road conditions and weather may also require a driver to slow down.”

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3 Responses to “Countywide speeding crackdown starts Friday”

  1. Doug on July 15th, 2010 8:52 am

    I think it is a way for the city/county/state to generate revenue. With this year’s budget shortfalls, what better way of getting money from the public other than taxes.
    I think they should focus on cracking down on drugs and other violent crimes instead.

  2. Mandy on July 18th, 2010 2:12 am

    In general it is good to see cops on the road, for whatever reason. The extra revenue is just an added benefit for the cities. Atleast this is fair warning, for those who read the news. I appreciate this effort, even if i have been at the receiving end of the speeding laws.

  3. Matt on July 21st, 2010 7:54 am

    In other words, we’ve once again mismanaged and spent all tax revenue, so now we need some quick additional streams of income. I have no doubt the state’s going after saturated fats next on their long list of sucking money right out of the public’s pockets. Should be called, “Pay up or Pay up.” And if you believe the bleeding heart explanation, I got some rain to sell you.

    Oh, and “Mandy” who commented at 2:12AM. My advice is get a job, then we’ll see how much you adore traffic tickets..

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