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
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
May 18, 2015
The state’s annual Click It or Ticket campaign is May 18-31.
Motorists in Washington can expect to see extra seat belt patrols, which will include an emphasis on children who are not properly restrained.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional deaths among children in the United States. Between 2010 and 2012 in Washington state, 26 passengers 12 and younger died, and another 122 were seriously injured as a result of traffic crashes.
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.
March 31, 2015
For the second year in a row, more than 100 law enforcement agencies in Washington state will crack down on distracted drivers as part of the national distracted driving enforcement campaign.
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.”
July 1, 2014
Between May 19 and June 1, extra law enforcement patrolled King County roads looking for unbuckled drivers and passengers, and cellphone texters and talkers.
During the patrols, 388 seatbelt infractions were written, in addition to 426 cellphone/texting tickets. Last year in King County during the same time period, officers on extra patrols wrote 387 seat belt infractions and 322 cellphone violations.
June 22, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. June 22, 2014
With marijuana retail stores slated to open in early July, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission is launching the “Drive High, Get a DUI” campaign to remind those planning on patronizing the new businesses that driving high is illegal.
The new messaging coincides with summertime DUI emphasis patrols kicking off July 1 and will feature three 30-second television commercials. The Colorado Department of Transportation produced and aired the commercials in Colorado earlier this year as part of their efforts to combat people driving while high.
April 12, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. April 12, 2014
Davis Franklin, a fifth-grader at Cascade Ridge Elementary School, has been selected as one of 10 outstanding patrollers in Washington state to be inducted into the 2014 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame.
In recognition of his dedication to safety, community stewardship and leadership, Franklin will be recognized at an evening awards ceremony held before a Seattle Mariners game at Safeco Field on May 9.
January 8, 2013
Police in Issaquah and King County busted 795 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during a holiday season crackdown.
The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI enforcement campaign included law enforcement agencies at the local, state and national level. The effort started Nov. 21 and lasted through New Year’s Day.
Statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 3,446 drivers for DUI. In King County during the same period in 2011-12, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 960 people for DUI.