Officers donning their metal star-shaped badges will flock to Washington streets Friday and Saturday for their “Night of 1,000 Stars” campaign aimed at preventing car accident deaths.
Extra enforcement will be on patrol in Bellevue, Issaquah, Newcastle, Kent, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond, Seattle, Snoqualmie, the Washington State Patrol and other cities and counties throughout the state, this weekend, according to news reports.
The state-wide campaign will target impaired drivers, speeders, aggressive drivers, those not wearing a seatbelt, using cell phones illegally and violating other traffic laws.
“Last year, 265 people were killed in Washington in impaired driver involved crashes,” said Dr. David Fleming, Director and Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, to news reports. “If you drink, make plans for a sober ride before going out and see that your friends have a safe ride home as well.”
As a Bellevue car accident attorney, I think it’s a good idea to increase patrols sometimes to catch extra traffic violators. This weekend marks the beginning of the holiday break for many schools and universities, which may increase the amount of traffic violations.
“Since 1999, officers, troopers, and deputies who worked these extra patrols have made over 28,600 contacts with dangerous drivers and arrested more than 6,200 impaired drivers in King County,” according to news reports.