Around Labor Day weekend, traffic increases as families plan their final summer trip before the kids go back to school and the weather turns cool. Emphasis patrols will begin Friday, September 3, and continue through Monday, September 6. Troopers will be targeting violations that contribute to traffic collisions including DUI, speeding, aggressive driving, and seat belt use. In Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, and Island Counties overtime grant funding will allow additional troopers to patrol throughout the holiday period. "Troopers will be focusing on dangerous driving behaviors known to cause injury and fatality collisions," said WA State Patrol Captain Ken Ginnard. "Drivers must make a plan before the festivities begin-if you are going to drink, ensure you have a designated driver. Do not take the risk of ruining your life and the lives of others."
Call 911 if you spot aggressive, impaired, or unsafe drivers. The license plate number and a description of the vehicle will be helpful in assisting officers in locating the occupants to see if they are safe to be driving. Keep in mind that during the day and nighttime hours, the WSP will be using aircraft to locate aggressive and impaired drivers.
Precautions to Take
If you plan to drive, do not drink. If you plan to drink, designate a non-drinking driver and give that person your keys. Never ride with a driver who has been drinking. Take a list of phone numbers with you for cabs or friends to call for a sober ride home. If possible, plan to spend the night at the event.
Use Your Common Sense
If you are throwing a party, include non-alcoholic beverages. Never let guests drive impaired. Always buckle up and properly secure children in their safety seats. Always wear a helmet and protective gear when on a motorcycle.