State launches program to help parents keep teen drivers safe

September 30, 2015

NEW — 5:03 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

The Washington State Department of Licensing has partnered with the Safe Roads Alliance and State Farm Insurance to launch a new program that provides parents and guardians with a simple, easy-to-follow plan designed to help teens develop safe driving habits.

The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program guide is packed with information and lessons about driving basics, parental pointers and licensing qualifications that are helpful to parents of new drivers.

Car crashes are a leading cause of death among teens in Washington. Between 2009 and 2013, 179 teens ages 15-19 died in car crashes. Of those teen deaths, 102 were drivers and the rest were passengers. The death rate for passengers and drivers in cars is 10 times greater for teens (ages 15-19) than younger children (5.1 deaths per 100,000 people compared to 0.5 deaths per 100,000 people, respectively). Read more

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Marijuana-positive drivers up in 2014

September 30, 2015

NEW — 5:01 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Newly released data from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission shows that marijuana is increasing as a factor in deadly crashes.

The number of drivers involved in deadly crashes who tested positive for marijuana increased 48 percent from 2013 to 2014.

From 2010-2014, nearly 60 percent of drivers involved in fatal collisions were tested for drugs. Among those tested drivers, about 20 percent (349 drivers) were positive for marijuana.

However, just testing positive for marijuana doesn’t necessarily indicate whether a driver was actually affected by the drug at the time of the crash since marijuana can be detected in a person’s blood for days (possibly weeks) after a person uses the drug. This new data is able to distinguish between drivers who test positive for THC, the impairing substance in marijuana and those who have residual marijuana in their system from prior use that may have occurred days ago. Read more

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To the Editor — Sept. 10, 2015

September 9, 2015

NEW — 5 p.m. Sept. 9, 2015

Off The Press

Columnist doesn’t understand being a person of color

In response to the article/opinion by David Hayes:

I’m a good reader and you asked me a question…”When is it acceptable to aggressively ignore authority.. especially officers of the law?”

My answer is, “When officers of the law accept and provide service and protection to all citizens of color, economic background and differences…even if that means having to put fears and insecurities aside to perform the job that is required as a government employee.”

I must admit that I am disgusted, embarrassed and shocked by this article. It really angers me. It angers my family. It angers me that Issaquah, and its longtime community newspaper would allow someone (David Hayes) with such an ignorant view and opinion to “represent” those of us that have called Issaquah our home for more than 50 years. Pure ignorance at its best. Read more

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Multiple closures required for Seafair Air Show practice, shows Thursday through Sunday

July 29, 2015

NEW — 8 p.m. July 29, 2105

As the U.S. Navy Blue Angels zoom above Lake Washington this week, drivers on Interstate 90 should prepare for traffic to slow to a crawl several times between Thursday and Sunday, and consider alternate routes.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to close the Interstate 90 floating bridge five times to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians while the Blue Angels practice for and perform at the Seafair Air Show. The closures are to keep the public and pilots safe, and to minimize distractions.

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Watch for Front Street lane closures July 28

July 27, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 27, 2015

Drivers should prepare for what the city called short, recurrent lane closures at two Front Street intersections July 28.

Starting as early as 5 a.m., crews intermittently will close lanes at the intersections of Front Street and Sunset Way, along with Front Street North and Northwest Dogwood Street, to accommodate tractor-trailers carrying 95-foot bridge girders.

The girders will be used in the new bridge on Northwest Dogwood Street.

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Dogwood bridge will be replaced next month

May 14, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 14, 2016

Starting May 26, a section of Northwest Dogwood Street will close as a new bridge is built.

The street will be closed from approximately Third Place Northwest to the 110 block of Northwest Dogwood Street.

Signage will provide detour information for pedestrians and drivers. The new bridge is expected to open in early October.

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Washington State Patrol targets texting drivers with extra patrols

August 6, 2013

NEW — 9:20 a.m., Aug. 6, 2013

The Washington State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies will have extra patrols from Aug. 5-23, targeting distracted drivers, connected to the use of cellular phones or texting while driving in King County.

“Distracted driving is quickly becoming one of the main reasons for collisions on our roadways, please help us by keeping our roadways safer by staying alert while driving,” Lt. Michael Rupert of the Washington State Patrol said.

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