Dec 2014 08

Survey Says: Marijuana and Driving Don’t Mix

Skagit and Island Counties, WA – A new survey of drivers shows 7 out of 10 have used marijuana and almost half of those have recently driven within a couple of hours after marijuana use. If you or someone you know uses marijuana and drives while high, beware—extra DUI patrols are happening statewide this Holiday season between now and January 1[...]

Nov 2014 21

State and National Highway Safety Officials Mourn the Passing of Highly Regarded Retired Research Director

State and National Highway Safety Officials Mourn the Passing of Highly Regarded Retired Research Director OLYMPIA, WA — Former Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) Research Director Phillip M. Salzberg passed away November 8, 2014, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia after undergoing heart surgery. Phil was born in Berkeley Califor[...]

Nov 2014 13

Speed Knowledge and Awareness Survey

The Traffic Safety Commission is conducting an opinion poll – just 16 questions,  and answering them will help guide program decisions. Take the survey here. Thanks in advance for taking the time! Director Darrin Grondel [...]

Oct 2014 06

Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation: PIRE

Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation: PIRE Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) is one of the nation’s preeminent independent, nonprofit organizations focusing on individual and social problems associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs. PIRE is dedicated to merging scientific knowledge and proven practice to cre[...]

Jul 2014 02

Chris Madill Appointed Traffic Safety Commission Deputy Director

Olympia, WA — The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) announced today that Chris Madill has been appointed Deputy Director, effective July 1. Mr. Madill began with the agency in January 2005 as a program manager and has served as Director of the Programs and Services Division since 2012. “We are pleased to welcome Chris into his new[...]

Jun 2014 18

Campaign to Highlight “Drive High, Get a DUI”

Campaign to Highlight “Drive High, Get a DUI” Extra Summer DUI Patrols Kick Off July 1 (OLYMPIA, WA) With marijuana retail stores slated to open in early July, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) is launching a campaign to remind those planning on patronizing the new businesses that driving high is illegal. The campaign is called [...]

Jun 2014 06

Everyone Has a Responsibility to Keep Motorcyclists Safe

Everyone Has a Responsibility to Keep Motorcyclists Safe OLYMPIA — Summer is here and the Department of Licensing, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, and the Department of Transportation are reminding drivers of cars, trucks and buses to look out for, and share the road with, motorcycle riders. To raise awareness about tragic but preve[...]

May 2014 12

In Pursuit of Unbuckled AND Distracted Drivers

Back By Popular Demand ~ Extra Patrols Out In Search of Unbuckled AND Distracted Drivers “Click it or Ticket” Patrols Take Place Between May 19 and June 1 (CLALLAM COUNTY, WA)  On the heels of the first-ever statewide distracted driving extra enforcement campaign, law enforcement officers will be out once again searching for not only unbuck[...]

Apr 2014 07

Washington to participate in first ever nationwide distracted driving crackdown

National enforcement campaign taking place during Distracted Driving Awareness Month Olympia, WA – Law enforcement officers in Washington State will be cracking down on distracted drivers as part of a new national distracted driving enforcement campaign this month. Between April 10 and April 15, the high visibility enforcement efforts will [...]

Feb 2014 24


The Washington Traffic Safety Commission will be holding a special meeting on February 26, 2014 from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m in the agency conference room located at 621 8th Avenue SE, Suite 409, Olympia, WA 98501. The purpose of the meeting is for Traffic Safety Commission staff to present their Local Implementation Program Recommendation. The presenta[...]

Jan 2014 09

Traffic Safety Activist and Retired Trooper Mike Buckingham Dies at Age 61

SEDRO WOOLLEY, WA — Former Washington State Patrol Trooper Mike Buckingham lost his battle with cancer on January 2, 2014. He died in his daughter’s home in Sedro Woolley surrounded by family. Buckingham was born in the United Kingdom on November 3, 1952 and later became a U.S. citizen. He spent most of his life living in Washington State an[...]

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