Washington State Patrol.
With pandemic restrictions starting to ease, drivers are hitting the street and different automobiles. Velocity is the most typical contributor to collisions.
Olympia, Washington – Whereas visitors volumes noticed important decreases through the pandemic, dashing was on the root explanation for many crashes. Twelve state patrol businesses throughout the west have come collectively once more to associate because the Western States Visitors Security Coalition (WSTSC) in a joint velocity training and enforcement initiative on June twenty fifth, twenty sixth, and twenty seventh. These dates have been chosen to assist stop dangerous driving behaviors main into the July 4th vacation and summer season of elevated journey.
Coalition members have seen the implications of pandemic-era dashing will increase firsthand, most notably a surge in automobiles touring at 100 mph or extra. Extra velocity is a significant factor contributing to severe and deadly crashes for drivers of all ages, together with speeding-related car rollovers.
“Lovely climate and summer season holidays usually convey larger visitors volumes. We count on this yr to see important pent-up demand to get out and get again to our pre-pandemic existence” stated John R. Batiste, Chief of the Washington State Patrol. “WSP and our companions in 11 different western states need you to know we’re right here that will help you and your loved ones keep protected this summer season. Which means there are at the very least twelve nice causes to decelerate, to by no means drive distracted, and to by no means drive impaired within the coming summer season journey. We’re severe about your security.”
Even with lowered pandemic impacted visitors volumes, WSP responded to over 35,500 collisions and wrote over 313,000 citations for dashing in 2020. Velocity contributes to over 25% of all vehicular fatalities nationally and because the nation opens up and extra individuals hit the roads, regulation enforcement will likely be proactive in serving to convey speeds and subsequent crashes down.
In July 2019, the Western States Visitors Security Coalition was shaped in response to evolving impaired driving points along with aggressive and distracted driving and failing to put on seat belts. The coalition members got here along with their neighboring states to indicate dedication and emphasis on significant public training concerning the risks of dangerous and harmful driving behaviors. The coalition consists of the next members:
- Arizona Division of Public Security
- California Freeway Patrol
- Colorado State Patrol
- Idaho State Police
- Montana Freeway Patrol
- Nevada Freeway Patrol
- North Dakota Freeway Patrol
- Oregon State Police
- South Dakota Freeway Patrol
- Utah Freeway Patrol
- Washington State Patrol
- Wyoming Freeway Patrol