Washington State Patrol troopers stayed busy this Memorial Day with campaigns to enforce traffic safety laws and to help educate drivers on the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They also stayed busy, however, dealing with multiple car accidents involving injuries and sometimes even death.
During the Memorial Day weekend, Washington State Patrol troopers said 17 car accidents were reported in the Tri-Cities and in Yakima. Four car accidents out of the cities resulted in deaths within the cities. In the same period last year, 18 crashed occurred with three injuries and no deaths.
‘Overall as a state we’re seeing our fatalities go down. We’re moving the needle in the right direction in regards to target zero, which is to accomplish zero fatalities by 2030, but still it shows us we have a long way to go,” said the Washington State Patrol to news reports.
Target Zero has a zero tolerance for underage drinking, driving under the influence, speeding or for not wearing a seatbelt.
As a Bellingham car accident attorney, I’m glad to hear about the extra emphasis on the dangers of drinking and driving, especially around holidays. However, I urge no one to ever drink and drive, whether there are extra patrols out or not. When you drive under the influence you not only put yourself at risk, but also everyone around you. I hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday weekend.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunken driving car accident, contact a personal injury lawyer in Bellingham.