Editorial — Everyone can help keep motorcyclists safe

May 12, 2015

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the Department of Licensing, Washington Traffic Safety Commission, Washington State Patrol and the Washington State Department of Transportation have teamed up to remind drivers of cars, trucks and buses to look out for, and share the road with, motorcycle riders.

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25-year-old killed in fatal accident on Front Street

February 11, 2015

NEW – 11 a.m. Feb. 11, 2015

Issaquah police are investigating a fatal traffic accident after a 25-year-old man struck a tree in the 1200 block of Front Street South.

A silver sedan traveling northbound struck a tree in the roadway median at about 12:45 a.m. The driver was alone in his car.

Front Street South is open in both directions after an earlier closure at Sixth Avenue Southeast while police investigated and cleaned the scene.

As of early the morning of Feb. 11, Issaquah Police Sgt. Jeff Johnson said the King County Medical Examiner’s Office had not yet released the victim’s name, so it was not yet going to be made public. Johnson added the investigation was ongoing and he had nothing to add to earlier reports from the city.

I-5 Challenge nets zero holiday traffic fatalities

December 10, 2013

Motorists in Washington met the Thanksgiving Weekend I-5 Challenge to “arrive alive” with no traffic fatalities on Interstate 5 during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Not only did the Washington State Patrol have extra troopers out on I-5, there were extra troopers out statewide. Preliminary data shows the trooper’s efforts statewide were:

  • 268 drivers arrested for DUI
  • 8,082 drivers stopped for speeding
  • 478 drivers stopped for seat belt violations

The Oregon State Patrol also reported zero fatalities on I-5 and California Highway Patrol reported just one fatality during the challenge.

State law enforcement officers from San Diego, Calif., through Oregon, and up to Bellingham, used a mix of education outreach and enforcement to get voluntary compliance of traffic laws. The Thanksgiving Holiday (6 p.m. Nov. 27 through 11:59 p.m. Dec. 1) is one of the busiest travel times of the year on the nation’s highways.