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Aug 2017 14

The Impact of Impaired Driving…Too Many Deaths and Injuries During Summer

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Patrols August 18 – September 4 OLYMPIA, WA –  Each summer in Washington State, an average of 149 people die in traffic crashes. That is the deadliest season of the year on our roads. During all of 2016, impaired drivers were involved in crashes that resulted in 277 deaths […]



Jul 2017 28

Motorcycle Safety Patrols Begin July 28

OLYMPIA, WA — More motorcycles travel on Washington’s roads in the summer months than any other time of the year. Unfortunately, summer is also the time when more motorcycle riders are killed or injured in crashes. In an effort to reduce these crashes, increased motorcycle safety patrols start July 28, and run through August 13 […]



May 2017 17

Click It or Ticket Seat Belt Enforcement: Keeping Families Alive

OLYMPIA, WA ~ As Washingtonians prepare for upcoming summer travel, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission emphasizes the simplest step in keeping families safe: buckle up. The national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign will take place May 22 through June 4, concurrent with Memorial Day, one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends […]



Mar 2017 29

Law Enforcement Giving Extra Attention – and Tickets – To Distracted Drivers April 3-16

OLYMPIA, WA — “U Text, U Drive, U Pay” is the message the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) is sending to distracted drivers in April as part of “Distracted Driving Awareness Month.”  Drivers using cell phones behind the wheel are not only at a higher risk for a crash, during April they face a greater […]



Dec 2016 12

Drugs Increase as a Factor in Traffic Deaths

  Drunk, Drugs, or High, it’s a DUI Extra DUI Patrols in Force for the Holidays KING COUNTY, WA – Law enforcement agencies across the state are participating in extra patrols aimed at getting DUI drivers off the roads over this holiday season from December 15 to January 1. “The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) […]



May 2016 18

Buckle Up! Your Family is Waiting for You!

Your Family is Waiting for You!



Mar 2016 28

If You’re Texting, You’re Not Driving

You’re Not Driving



Nov 2015 23

Include a Safe and Sober Ride Home in Your Holiday Festivities

in Your Holiday Festivities



Aug 2015 19

Marijuana Increased in 2014 as a Factor in Deadly Crashes

Extra DUI Patrols taking place August 21-September 7



Mar 2015 30

“U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign to begin in April

“U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign to begin in April   Olympia, WA – For the second year in a row, more than 100 law enforcement agencies in Washington State will be cracking down on distracted drivers as part of the national distracted driving enforcement campaign. Between April 1 and April 15, high visibility enforcement […]



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 […]



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 […]



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 preventable motorcycle crashes, 17 […]



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 unbuckled […]



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 target motorists who are observed […]



Nov 2013 21

During the Holidays 49 Motorists will Die on Washington Roadways

Zero Traffic Deaths is the Target. Here are ways to Keep Your Family and Co-Workers Safe During the Holidays This is one sample of news releases customized by county throughout Washington state. SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WA — Hopefully 2013 will be different than the last five holiday seasons. From 2008-2012, an average of 49 people died in […]



Sep 2013 06

Results of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign Announced

This is one sample of news releases customized by county throughout Washington state. Kitsap County, WA – The results are in from the recent Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI enforcement campaign conducted from August 16 through September 2. In Kitsap County, preliminary numbers show that 47 motorists were stopped and arrested for driving under the influence […]



Jun 2013 13

Click it or Ticket Results ~ Pursuing Unbuckled AND Distracted Drivers ~ Announced Today Seat Belt Violators, Texters, Talkers and More Cited

Whatcom County, WA – Between May 20 and June 2 extra law enforcement patrolled Whatcom County roads looking for unbuckled drivers and passengers, and motorists using their cell phones or other electronic devices. During these patrols, 130 seatbelt infractions were written, in addition to 71 cell phone/texting or usage of other electronic device tickets. Last year, […]



May 2013 13

In Pursuit of Unbuckled AND Distracted Drivers

“Click it or Ticket” Patrols Take on Texters and Talkers This is one sample of news releases customized by county throughout the state. SPOKANE, WHITMAN, PEND OREILLE, AND FERRY COUNTIES, WA – Ever wonder why Washington has one of the highest seat belt use rates in the country? It is due, in large part, to the […]



Jan 2013 03

Results of the State’s first-ever Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign Announced

This is one sample of news releases customized by county throughout the state. LEWIS COUNTY, WA – The results are in from the recent Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI enforcement campaign conducted from November 21, 2012 through January 1, 2013. In Lewis County, 52 motorists were stopped and arrested for driving under the […]



Dec 2012 05

Washington drivers have attitudes, knowledge, and awareness

Statewide survey results released OLYMPIA, WA — Three quarters of surveyed Washington drivers thought they were likely to get a ticket for going 68 MPH on a freeway posted for 60 MPH. Over 90 percent thought they were likely to get arrested if they drove drunk. A third of drivers age 18-24 said they sent […]



Nov 2012 09

Don’t Let a DUI Ruin Your Holidays – Drive Sober Ignition Interlocks, a DUI Penalty, are Costly

This is one sample of news releases customized by county throughout the state. WALLA WALLA-ASOTIN-GARFIELD COUNTIES, WA — Lynn Ross spent more than $1,200 paying for the ignition interlock that he had to have installed on his Dodge truck as a result of a DUI conviction. The device is about the size of a cell […]



Oct 2012 12

Washington State Has Highest Seat Belt Use Rate in the Nation

97.5 Percent Rate is Tops This is a joint release from the Washington State Patrol and the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. There is yet another sign that Washington drivers are doing the right thing. A newly-released federal report shows that Washington State had the highest seat belt use rate in the nation in 2011 at […]



Sep 2012 21

2011 Sees Fewest Highway Collisions In a Decade

Drivers Making Good Choices, Crashing Less This is a joint release from the Washington State Patrol, the Washington State Department of Transportation, and the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. (Olympia)—If you drive a vehicle in Washington, pat yourself on the back. Washington drivers are crashing their vehicles in lower numbers than at any time in the […]



Aug 2012 06

What To Do if You see a Suspected Drunk Driver

What are the telltale signs? This is one sample of news releases customized by county throughout the state. August is a deadly month on Washington’s roadways. From 2006 – 2010, on average, more impaired driving deaths occurred in August than any other month.* That’s why between August 17 and September 3 extra officers will be looking […]



Jan 1970 01

Results of the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed Campaign In Whatcom County Announced Today

This is one sample of news releases customized by county throughout the state. Whatcom County, WA – The results are in from the recent Drive Hammered, Get Nailed enforcement campaign conducted from August 17 through September 3. In Whatcom County, 42 motorists were stopped and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs […]



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