Ofc. Teresa Fuller
Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
Spokane County, WA---On Feb. 5th, the Spokane Police Department, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, EWU Police Department, Airway Heights Police Department, and the Washington State Patrol will be participating in extra emphasis patrols focusing on speeding drivers.
A speeding driver is involved in a crash every 30 minutes in Washington State.* Speeding is the third-most common factor contributing in fatal and serious injury collisions. While speeding may be the only contributing factor in some fatal and serious injury crashes, it is often combined with other dangerous driving behaviors; aggressive driving, impairment by drugs or alcohol, and not wearing a seat belt.
In 2014, Spokane County had 7 fatal and 35 serious injuries speed involved crashes.* Why extra speed patrols? Research shows increased public awareness and high visibility enforcement patrols reduce unsafe driving behaviors. Where will the patrols be? Local law enforcement will be conducting these emphasis patrols in areas identified as having a high number of speed related collisions.
How can you help? You can obey the speed limit, adjust your speed for the road and weather conditions, and don’t tailgate. Slow down in the rain, ice or fog during heavy traffic. By working together we can all make our roadways safer and reach our target zero goal of zero traffic deaths and serious injuries by the year of 2030.
*2013 Washington State Annual Collision Summary
*Fatal Data Source: Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), WTSC Serious Injury Data Source: Collision Location Analysis System (CLAS), WSDOT
Officer John O'Brien