Law enforcement agencies throughout Washington will crack down on speeding with extra patrols on local roads, state highways and interstate freeways.
For the first time ever, a statewide speeding campaign, Slow Down or Pay Up, will be rolled out across Washington. Working with 153 state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the state, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) aims to reduce speeding-involved crashes, which currently account for 40 percent of all traffic deaths on our roadways.
Slow Down or Pay Up is a key component of the Strategic Highway Safety Plan — Target Zero. The vision of Target Zero is zero deaths and serious injuries from traffic crashes in Washington by the year 2030. The plan is being implemented with enforcement, education, engineering and emergency medical services working in concert. “Washington’s commitment to improving traffic safety through Target Zero has produced significant results in the last four years,” said Lowell Porter, Director of the WTSC. “By identifying the state’s traffic safety priorities and investing our resources based on data, proven strategies, best practices, and strong partnerships, we can again this year realize fewer deaths and serious injuries resulting from speeding.
Speeding is the number one factor in fatal crashes involving teen drivers or motorcycle riders in Washington. Additionally, few drivers realize that the faster they drive, the more likely they are to be killed or seriously injured in a crash.
“Regardless of the issue, police agencies get far better results when we work as a team,” said Chief John Batiste of the Washington State Patrol.
“We routinely create task forces to deal with narcotics, auto theft, or predators on the Internet. It’s only natural that we should take a multi-agency approach to the important issue of speeding and the collisions that result.” Chief Bruce Bjork, the president-elect of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs added, “Officers at every level of enforcement are invested in making the roads safer for the traveling public.” The Washington Traffic Safety Commission is committed to reducing traffic deaths and serious injuries by changing driver behavior. For more on the WTSC, visit www.wtsc.wa.gov. To learn more about Washington’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan; Target Zero, go to www.targetzero.com.