The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is partnering with allied agencies across the state in efforts to reduce serious injury and fatality collisions a “High Visibility Enforcement” (HIVE) patrols throughout November and December.
The first of four HIVE patrols is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19. The patrols will occur in areas across the state during the upcoming holiday season. Future patrols include Nov. 26, Dec. 17, and Dec. 31.
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The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) reports Washington state witnessed a 20-year high in fatality collisions in 2021: 602 collisions resulting in 670 tragic deaths. Sadly, that number will likely be surpassed in 2022: statewide officers have investigated more than 580 fatality collisions so far this year, with more than 250 investigated by the WSP.
“Each fatality collision is a tragedy that affects so many family, friends, and loved ones,” said WSP Chief John R. Batiste. “We are pooling resources to do our part in making our roadways safe for the great people of this state.”
In efforts to combat the disheartening increase in tragic collisions and criminal activity as the holiday season nears, the WSP is joining forces with allied agencies across the state using a data-driven approach to put the right resources in the right places at the right times: when and where these tragic incidents have and most likely will to occur.
“High visibility enforcement helps remind drivers to slow down, drive sober, and drive distraction-free,” said WTSC Director Shelly Baldwin. “These are very important reminders during the holidays when we want families to be able to gather safely in celebration and not to mourn the loss of a loved one.”
Law enforcement participating in the patrols will focus on collision-causing violations including speed, following distance, impaired driving, distracted driving, and aggressive driving behaviors.
The above is a press release from the Washington State Patrol. The Auburn Examiner has not altered or independently verified its content.