Law enforcement to crack down on speeders

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Law enforcement will be out on roads in Walla Walla, Asotin and Garfield counties for speeding patrols between Friday and Aug. 7.

The emphasis is part of a statewide effort in search of speeding drivers.

Stopping on dry pavement at 30 miles per hour requires a distance of 41 yards, the equivalent of eight car lengths or almost half a football field, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

In conjunction with the speeding emphasis, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and the Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Task Force urges all Washingtonians to take a speeding quiz found at www.considerthisyourwarning.com. Results will be tabulated on the accuracy of Washington Drivers' answers and available in August.

Speeding is involved in 40 percent of all traffic fatalities in Washington, according to Target Zero: Washington State's Strategic Highway Safety Plan 2010. Most traffic deaths and serious-injury crashes in Washington occur on rural roads, which are often unlighted and undivided.

The average speeding ticket in Washington is $156, but as speed increases, so does the fine. A speeding ticket could easily cost more than $411, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

For more information about the Washington Traffic Safety Commission visit wtsc.wa.gov.

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