Speeding crackdown continues

July 20, 2010

By Staff

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 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, accounting for 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.”

Issaquah officers and officers from more than 150 law enforcement agencies statewide cracked down on speeders during another Slow Day or Pay Up effort in April.

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One Response to “Speeding crackdown continues”

  1. Matt on July 21st, 2010 8:14 am

    Wow, “Target Zero.” Did you hear that everybody? The State’s going to eliminate ALL traffic deaths by the year 2030! Handing out endless fines on a massive scale is the critical component to their well thought-out plan. After that, the only thing left to guarantee a zero mortality rate, will be to shut down the entire State-wide highway system! So, how much did coming up with this brilliant idea cost us?

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