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.

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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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Police cite almost 300 motorists for failing to buckle up

June 12, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. June 12, 2011

Police issued 288 tickets for seatbelt tickets 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 unbuckled motorists.

Overall, police issued more than 600 citations for seatbelts 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.

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Extra seat belt patrols will hit local roadways soon

May 17, 2011

Issaquah police officers remind drivers and passengers to buckle up — or face a $124 ticket.

Motorists can expect to see law enforcement officers patrolling city and King County roadways to search for unbuckled and improperly buckled drivers and passengers from May 23 to June 5.

Officials recorded 2,866 deaths and 13,749 serious injuries in motor vehicle collisions statewide between 2005-09. The medical costs from vehicle collisions amount to more than $276 million per year in Washington.

Experts said wearing a seat belt decreases the chance of dying or sustaining serious injuries in a collision by about 70 percent.

“Law enforcement officers would rather have motorists buckle up than write a seat belt infraction,” Lowell Porter, Washington Traffic Safety Commission director, said in a press release. “The evidence is clear that seat belts save lives. By increasing seat belt use, Washington continues to reduce the costs incurred by those who don’t buckle up.”

In addition to the Issaquah Police Department, Washington State Patrol troopers and the King County Target Zero Task Force plan to participate in the extra patrols.

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Extra seat belt patrols hit local roadways soon

May 13, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. May 13, 2011

Issaquah police officers remind drivers and passengers to buckle up — or face a $124 ticket.

Motorists can expect to see law enforcement officers patrolling city and King County roadways to search for unbuckled and improperly buckled drivers and passengers from May 23 to June 5.

Officials recorded 2,866 deaths and 13,749 serious injuries in motor vehicle collisions statewide between 2005-09. The medical costs from vehicle collisions amount to more than $276 million per year in Washington.

Experts said wearing a seat belt decreases the chance of dying or sustaining serious injures in a collision by about 70 percent.

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Police plan extra DUI patrols for Cinco de Mayo

May 5, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. May 5, 2011

Police plan to fan out across King County roads Thursday to search for intoxicated Cinco de Mayo motorists.

Holidays, such as Cinco de Mayo or St. Patrick’s Day, tend to be particularly high-risk times for crashes to occur due to the amount of alcohol consumption.

Target Zero teams from the Washington State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies throughout the county plan to watch for impaired drivers Thursday night and early Friday morning.

“Impaired drivers kill and seriously injure hundreds of people across King County each year,” Bellevue Police Department Lt. Marcia Harnden said in a release. “We are serious about removing these dangerous drivers from the road. Please designate a sober driver, take a taxi or bus.”

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Statewide traffic deaths reach historic low

April 19, 2011

The number of deaths on Washington roadways reached a historic low last year: 448, a decline from the 492 deaths in 2009. Washington Traffic Safety Commission officials said 2010 marked the safest year ever on Washington roads. The number of deaths could increase slightly as the commission continues to receive reports.

Under a highway safety plan called Target Zero, the state aims to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Washington during the next 19 years. Officials set a goal of zero traffic deaths by 2030.

“The lives saved are a true testament to the effectiveness of Washington’s comprehensive and integrated approach to traffic safety: the Target Zero plan,” commission Director Lowell Porter said in a statement released March 30.

Target Zero also includes public education, safety engineering to improve roadways and vehicles, timely response by emergency medical personnel, and strong enforcement of traffic safety laws.

“Troopers will continue to take swift action on the three violations that we know take the most lives: speeding, impaired driving and the failure to wear seat belts,” Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste said. “Eliminating those three violations would, just by themselves, get us most of the way to Target Zero.”

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Report: Statewide traffic deaths reach historic low

March 31, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. March 31, 2011

The number of deaths on Washington roadways reached a historic low last year: 448, a decline from the 492 deaths in 2009.

Washington Traffic Safety Commission officials said 2010 marked the safest year ever on Washington roads. The number of deaths could increase slightly as the commission continues to receive reports.

Under a highway safety plan called Target Zero, the state aims to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Washington during the next 19 years. Officials set a goal of zero traffic deaths by 2030.

“The lives saved are a true testament to the effectiveness of Washington’s comprehensive and integrated approach to traffic safety: the Target Zero plan,” commission Director Lowell Porter said in a statement Wednesday.

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Issaquah police join DUI crackdown Friday

December 14, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. Dec. 14, 2010

Issaquah police and other law enforcement officers plan to step up traffic safety patrols Friday and Saturday during the Night of 1,000 Stars.

The stars symbolize the badges worn by on-duty law enforcement officers. The upcoming patrol marks the 20th year of the Night of 1,000 Stars emphasis patrol.

The effort is set up to remove impaired drivers from local roads. Officers also plan to be on the lookout for people speeding, driving aggressively, not wearing a seatbelt, using mobile phones illegally or violating other traffic laws.

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