Police trick-or-treat for Halloween DUI suspects

October 29, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 29, 2011

Extra law enforcement officers in Issaquah and elsewhere in King and Pierce counties fanned out on local roads Halloween weekend to search for impaired motorists.

Halloween is a historically dangerous holiday on local roads due to the number of people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The extra patrols started Friday evening and continue throughout the weekend. Halloween is Monday.

“Impaired drivers are the scariest things on our roads this weekend,” Dr. David Fleming, Public Health – Seattle & King County director and health officer, said in a statement. “Treat everyone to a fun and safe Halloween by driving sober or planning a safe ride home. Designate a sober driver, ride a bus or use cabs this weekend.”

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State, partners target distracted driving for National Teen Driver Safety Week

October 18, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Oct. 18, 2011

Officials plan to highlight teenage motorists’ districted-driving stories during National Teen Driver Safety Week.

For National Teen Driver Safety Week, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission joined State Farm and Clear Channel Radio to develop a project aimed at reducing distracted-driving collisions among teens.

The annual observance is celebrated through Saturday.

Radio announcers on Clear Channel stations popular among teenagers — KUBE-FM and KISS-FM — plan to solicit personal stories from teens about distracted-driving experiences. Organizers plan to then develop the stories into YouTube videos and radio public-service announcements.

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Police arrest 1,824 for DUI during recent crackdown

September 13, 2011

Officers from the Issaquah Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in the state arrested more than 1,800 motorists for drunken driving during the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed enforcement campaign from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5.

In King County, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 452 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 1,824 drivers for DUI.

Officials said more than 40 percent of the DUI traffic deaths occur in Washington during the summer.

The funding for extra patrols originated as a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Find local, regional DUI patrol locations online

August 30, 2011

State traffic officials revealed the locations of planned driving under the influence patrols on a website for motorists.

Before hitting the road, head to http://watikileaks.com to find police patrols in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. The interactive map includes dates, times and locations for planned DUI patrols, such as the emphasis on Issaquah roads during Labor Day weekend.

Though sharing information to help motorists potentially avoid tickets and arrests might seem counterintuitive, officials said the website is another method to promote safe and sober driving on a community level.

The website also features a mobile version, so users can view the information on smart phones, and sharing options to post information to Twitter or Facebook.

Local traffic safety task forces participating in Target Zero teams post information on the website.

Washington Traffic Safety Commission officials announced the site’s launch Aug. 23.

Find local, regional DUI patrol locations online

August 24, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 24, 2011

State traffic officials revealed the locations of planned driving under the influence patrols on a website for motorists.

Before hitting the road, steer to waTikiLeaks.com to find police patrols in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. The interactive map includes dates, times and locations for planned DUI patrols, such as the emphasis on Issaquah roads during Labor Day weekend.

Though sharing information to help motorists potentially avoid tickets and arrests might seem counterintuitive, officials said the website is another method to promote safe and sober driving on a community level.

The website also features a mobile version, so users can view the information on smart phones, and sharing options to post information to Twitter or Facebook.

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Officers target speeders during recent crackdown

August 23, 2011

Issaquah police officers and law enforcement agencies countywide doled out more than 1,200 speeding tickets during a recent crackdown on lead-footed motorists.

From July 15 to Aug. 7, the Issaquah Police Department and other agencies sent out extra law enforcement patrols to search for speeding drivers.

During the patrols in King County, officers wrote 1,245 speeding tickets. Police also arrested three motorists for driving under the influence, three motorists for felonies and four for aggressive driving violations.

Officers issued 15 cellphone citations, six seatbelt tickets, 15 suspended or revoked license violations, and 50 uninsured motorist violations.

The speeding crackdown included the nearby Bellevue, Newcastle, North Bend, Sammamish, Snoqualmie and Renton police departments.

In addition to the local police agencies, the King County Target Zero Task Force supported the extra patrols, funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

‘Drive Hammered, Get Nailed’ anti-DUI effort starts soon

August 16, 2011

Issaquah police officers plan to join a regional push to pull drunken drivers from local roads as summer comes to a close.

The agency is joining other police departments in King County — and more than 10,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide — from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5 in the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign.

Beneath the clever title is a serious message about the impacts of drunken driving and driving under the influence. DUI crashes claimed 38 people on King County roads last year.

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Police to crack down on speeders starting July 15

July 12, 2011

Prepare to slow down — or else — on local roadways soon as law enforcement officers throughout King County participate in a statewide speeding crackdown.

The countywide Target Zero Task Force is coordinating the extra speed patrols for the July 15 to Aug. 7 effort.

Driving faster than posted speed limits may not seem like a big deal, but more than 40 percent of fatal crashes in Washington involve a speeding driver. The average speeding ticket in Washington is $156, but as speed increases, so does the fine.

“Speeding is a major contributing factor in fatal and serious injury crashes in Washington, and therefore, is a priority of Target Zero,” Lowell Porter, Washington Traffic Safety Commission director, said in a statement. “

The commission is also encouraging motorists to take a quiz at www.considerthisyourwarning.com to learn more about traffic safety and speeding dangers.

Officers to start cracking down on speeders soon

July 7, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. July 7, 2011

Prepare to slow down — or else — on local roadways soon as law enforcement officers throughout King County participate in a statewide speeding crackdown.

The countywide Target Zero Task Force is coordinating the extra speed patrols for the July 15 to Aug. 7 effort.

Driving faster than posted speed limits may not seem like a big deal, but more than 40 percent of fatal crashes in Washington involve a speeding driver. The average speeding ticket in Washington is $156, but as speed increases, so does the fine.

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Police cite motorists for failing to buckle up

June 14, 2011

Police issued 288 tickets for seatbelt offenses during a recent effort to encourage motorists to buckle up.

From May 23 to June 5, the Issaquah Police Department and other law enforcement agencies patrolled local roads at night, looking for unbelted motorists.

Overall, police issued more than 600 citations for seatbelt violations and other infractions. The citations included 192 cellphone and texting violations, 40 speeding tickets and two aggressive driving infractions. Officers made six misdemeanor warrant arrests, and issued 85 uninsured motorist and 24 suspended or revoked license violations.

Statewide, law enforcement officers and the Washington State Patrol wrote 6,681 tickets, including 2,994 seatbelt violations, during the patrols.

In King County, the Target Zero Task Force and local law enforcement agencies worked the extra patrols. Funding for the patrols came from a Washington State Traffic Commission grant.

“Buckling up is the simplest and most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in the car.” Kent Police Sgt. Robert Constant, South King County law enforcement liaison, said in a news release.

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