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Nov 201421

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 California, on June 19, 1947. He […]



Nov 201413

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 201406

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 create solutions that improve the health, […]



Jul 201402

Chris Madill Appointed Traffic Safety Commission Deputy Director

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 […]



Jun 201418

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 201406

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 201412

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 201407

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 […]



Feb 201424

SPECIAL COMMISSION MEETING – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26

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 presentation […]



Jan 201409

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 […]



Dec 201331

Governor Inslee Signs 2013 Strategic Highway Safety Plan, Target Zero

Olympia – Governor Jay Inslee has approved and signed the 2013 update of Washington State’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan, Target Zero©. In 2000, Washington was the first state in the nation to set a very aggressive goal: zero traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. Target Zero is a detailed roadmap that coordinates the efforts […]



Nov 201321

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 201327

Traffic Safety Documentary Wins Award

OLYMPIA, WA — A documentary, Traffic Safety Successes on the Colville Reservation, produced by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, received recognition from filmmakers. During the 37th Annual American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, California, the documentary won the award for Best Industrial earlier this month. Darrin Grondel, Director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission […]



Sep 201306

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 […]



Aug 201308

Law Enforcement Officers Know When You’re Driving Under the Influence

Local DUI Officers Credited For Saving Lives Everyday This is one sample of news releases customized by county throughout Washington state. Grant-Adams Counties, WA — DUI is the leading cause of death on Washington roadways, accountable for nearly half of the 439 fatalities on our roads during 2012. That’s why between August 16 and September 2 extra […]



Jun 201313

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 201313

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 […]



Mar 201326

“DRIVE 1st ARRIVE SAFE” Project Launches on March 27th

Yakima and Union Gap secure funding to help with dangerous roadways UNION GAP, WA – On Wednesday March 27th at 1:00pm at the corner of Old Town Road and 1st /Main Street, Mayors Micah Cawley and Roger Wentz will be joined by concerned citizens and local agencies to launch the Yakima-Union Gap Traffic Safety Project, a […]



Mar 201326

Traffic Safety Activist Nancy Mathews Dies at Age 70

ANACORTES, WA — Longtime traffic safety activist, Nancy Mathews, lost her battle with cancer on March 9, 2013 after being diagnosed in December. Nancy died in her home in Anacortes and was surrounded by family. Nancy was born January 6, 1943. She lived in Anacortes until attending the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. She moved […]



Mar 201305

Be Smart, Don’t Rely on Luck

Extra patrols out St. Patrick’s Day weekend This is one sample of news releases customized by county throughout the state. Cowlitz County, WA – As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, remember finding a designated driver isn’t luck, it’s smart. Make sure you and your friends get home safely. The Cowlitz County Traffic Safety Task Force is reminding […]



Mar 201304

Governor Reappoints Traffic Safety Commission Director

Darrin Grondel to continue position OLYMPIA, WA — Governor Jay Inslee reappointed Darrin T. Grondel as Director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. Mr. Grondel has been a traffic safety professional for more than 21 years. “It is extremely humbling and a distinct honor and privilege to be asked to continue in this position working […]



Jan 201303

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 201205

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 201209

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 201212

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 201221

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 201206

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 […]



Aug 201206

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 […]



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