The Beat — Student survey reveals driving habits

May 27, 2015

Whether sneaking a glance at your phone screen during a red light or blasting the latest single on the radio, most students can admit that they have been exposed to distractions while driving.

Megan So Liberty High School

Megan So
Liberty High School

It is also likely that such distractions were present with passengers in their cars.

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The Beat — Drowsy driving is like drunken driving

May 27, 2015

With a combination of late bedtimes and early school start times, drowsy driving puts teenage students at a high risk for car accidents.

Marissa Secreto Beat reporter

Marissa Secreto
Eastside Catholic High School

Teenagers who get less than nine hours of sleep are one-third more likely to be involved in a car accident than teenagers who sleep for nine or more hours, according to statistics from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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The Beat — Photo of the Month

May 27, 2015

Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk, but people still pay attention to their phones instead of concentrating on the road.

Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk, but people still pay attention to their phones instead of concentrating on the road.

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Police & Fire

January 13, 2015

Thefts

  • At 2:42 p.m. Jan. 2, a resident in the 100 block of Northeast Creek way reported someone stole a pocketbook containing a wallet and cell phone. The items were valued at $1,150.
  • At 3:36 a.m., someone in the 100 block of East Sunset Way reported someone had stolen between $40 and $80 in tip money.
  • At 1:40 p.m. Jan. 4, someone stole $70 in medication in the 3600 block of 228th Avenue Southeast.
  • At 3:34 p.m. Jan. 5, someone stole a UPS package, valued at $63, in the 100 block of Mount Olympus Drive Southwest.

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End-of-summer DUI patrols added throughout King County

August 22, 2014

NEW — Noon Aug. 22, 2014

King County law enforcement is putting extra officers on the road through Sept. 1 for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

The annual effort aims to keep roads safe during the last few weeks of summer from people driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

“Specifically, we want people to know that marijuana doubles the risk of a fatal crash,” Darrin Grondel, Washington Traffic Safety Commission director, said in a news release. “With new retail marijuana stores in the mix, we want to remind the public that prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as illegal and recreational drugs, can impair driving ability.”

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Firefighters work to prevent people texting while driving

July 29, 2014

The International Association of Eastside Fire Fighters recently launched the public safety campaign #JustifyIt, which asks, “Can you justify the next text message from your driver’s seat?”

#JustifyIt uses firefighters’ first-hand experience with texting and driving disasters to educate the community and keep the public safe from these violent accidents.

More than 1,000 people are injured every day due to texting while driving. Distracted drivers cause 3,000 deaths each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Drunken driving is about making choices

April 22, 2014

Everyone knows getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol is not only a poor choice, but also illegal.

However, many students continue to make such dangerous decisions.

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

In the most recent Healthy Youth Survey administered to Skyline High School sophomores in October 2012, 7 percent of students reported having driven drunk and 20 percent reported having ridden with a drunken driver within the past month.

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Bellevue officer pleads not guilty to Issaquah DUI

January 7, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. Jan. 7, 2014

Bellevue Police Officer Andrew Hanke pleaded not guilty to DUI on Jan. 3 in Issaquah Municipal Court.

Hanke, who is  suspended from the force, was charged with a DUI after a drunken driving incident on Interstate 90.

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Patrols added to drive sober campaign

August 13, 2013

King County law enforcement is putting extra officers on the road between Aug. 16 and Sept. 2 for the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

The national campaign, put on by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, aims to keep roads safe during the last few weeks of summer from people driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

Despite the fact that voters in the state of Washington voted to legalize marijuana use for adults 21 and older, it is still illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana.

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Woman flees police in Issaquah, crashes vehicle in Snoqualmie

January 22, 2013

Police said a suicidal woman fled from a therapist’s office in Issaquah on Jan. 18 and then crashed a vehicle in Snoqualmie.

Issaquah officers responded to a business in the 22500 block of Southeast 64th Place at 7:37 p.m. after the woman, a 31-year-old Klahanie resident, made suicidal threats to her therapist.

Once officers arrived, the woman did not cooperate with police and fled eastbound on Interstate 90. Police advised the Washington State Patrol and the Snoqualmie Police Department about the woman’s last known location.

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