We are only days away from what is traditionally considered to be the last true weekend of summer, the Labor Day Holiday. For most families, this weekend is there last chance to squeeze in one more camping trip or jaunt out to the beach before kids go back to school and the warm weather dissipates. Because of the increased traffic and “party atmosphere” that surrounds the holiday weekend, it also happens to be one of the most deadly weekends throughout the year with many more drunk drivers on the road than usual.
Recognizing this issue, law enforcement agencies plan to increase their efforts to crack down on driving behaviors that put other people in danger. Thanks to a federal grant, Skagit, Island, Whatcom and Snohomish counties are able to pay their officers overtime in order to have more officials than usual patrolling the highways. In particular, troopers will be on the lookout for traffic violations like speeding, failure to yield, distracted driving, failure to use a seat belt and aggressive driving, in addition to impaired driving. All of these are negligent driving actions that can ultimate lead to a car accident.
As a Bellevue personal injury lawyer, I urge you to be on the lookout for reckless drivers this weekend yourself. You can help troopers by calling in the license plate and description of a car that is driving dangerously. Spotter planes will also be on patrol this weekend helping to nab drunk drivers from the sky, according to this news report.