Countywide speeding crackdown starts Friday
July 15, 2010
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.”