Stories tagged: traffic safety
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 11:02 p.m.
Woman sues ‘hot pizza’ bicyclist who crashed into her along Centennial Trail
The 67-year-old woman injured when a bicyclist yelled “hot pizza” and then crashed into her along the Centennial Trail is suing the rider.
Wed., April 26, 2017, 5 p.m.
Report: Drugged driving bigger problem than drunken driving
Drug-impaired driving has become a bigger problem in the United States than drunken driving, and law enforcement officers need more training to identify it, while the public needs to know …
Tue., Jan. 10, 2017, 5:13 p.m.
Deaths of WSU students brings road safety to center of conversation again
Two WSU students were killed returning to the Pullman university from Western Washington on icy roads. Their deaths prompted a new effort to alert students to road conditions.
Sun., Dec. 18, 2016, 6:19 p.m.
Washington State Patrol, local law enforcement conducting extra DUI patrols
WENATCHEE – The Washington State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies will be ramping up their DUI patrols through the end of the year. With funding by the Washington Traffic …
Sun., Nov. 13, 2016, 6:17 p.m.
WSP: Good Samaritan killed, two injured helping stranded drivers
Washington State Patrol is urging people to be careful when helping stranded motorists, after two separate accidents on Snohomish County highways left one good Samaritan dead and two others injured.
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016, 1:48 p.m.
Toyota recalls over 1.1M SUVs for possible seat belt failure
Toyota is recalling more than 1.1 million small SUVs in the U.S. because the seat belts might fail in a crash.
Sun., Dec. 20, 2015
Students, parents calling for improvements to roads leading to Pullman
In the wake of car crashes that killed two students during Thanksgiving break, many at Washington State University have called for safety improvements on the two-lane highways that funnel travelers …
Sun., Sept. 6, 2015
Three women killed in crash on U.S. 195
Three people were killed Saturday afternoon when a pickup collided with a car attempting to cross U.S. Highway 195 in southwest Spokane. The incident was the third fatal crash within …
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 5, 2015, 11:33 p.m.
Three killed in crash on U.S. 195
Three people were killed this afternoon in a crash at U.S. Highway 195 and Thorpe, the Washington State Patrol reported.
Mon., July 27, 2015
Getting There: Report finds ‘complete streets’ reduce accidents, improve health
A new report on traffic safety around the world confirms the safety value of building more sidewalks, safer crosswalks, expanded trails and traffic-slowing designs. The World Resources Institute, in its …
Tue., April 21, 2015
Baumgartner bill targets left-lane slowpokes
OLYMPIA – Slowpokes beware. Driving under the speed limit while in the fast lane could get pricey under legislation being pushed by state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, who wants a …
Mon., Feb. 23, 2015
Traffic light in works for crossing at Kendall Yards
A potentially dangerous intersection in Spokane is about to get a new traffic light. Development of Kendall Yards on the north bank of the Spokane River is bringing an increase …
Mon., Jan. 12, 2015
Spokane County drivers most likely to talk, text on road
Spokane County drivers are among the worst in Washington when it comes to using cellphones while driving. A study in 2013 showed that 14.5 percent of local drivers talked or …
Sun., Sept. 7, 2014
Mumm presents plan for more crosswalks
The 20th century was ruled by cars. If Spokane City Councilwoman Candace Mumm gets her way, this century will be for walkers, at least in Spokane. Monday, the council will …
Sat., June 28, 2014
Harassment still a road threat for cyclists
When it comes to biking on the road, Jenni Gaertner rides by the rules. She straps on a helmet, wears reflective clothing, goes with the flow of traffic and is …
Mon., June 9, 2014
Mumm: Crosswalks should be prioritized
The city of Spokane has inadequate policies for installing marked crosswalks to protect pedestrians crossing busy streets, according to one City Council member. City engineers and developers should be required …
Tue., March 4, 2014
Red-light money left alone
Money from red-light camera tickets still must be used only on traffic safety projects. The Spokane City Council on Monday voted 4-1 to reject a proposal that would have removed …
Sun., Feb. 23, 2014
Spokane City Council debating changing red-light camera law
The Spokane City Council is debating whether to change the law to allow them to do what they’ve already authorized: spend red-light camera fines on projects unrelated to traffic safety. …
Wed., June 22, 2011
Shawn Vestal: Dollars clarify debate over red-light cameras
With every new turn in the city’s red-light camera experience, the discovery is made all over again. Aha! It really is all about the money!
Wed., Jan. 6, 2010
Red light cameras yet to signal safety
Intersections where Spokane installed red light cameras in 2008 in the name of safety saw an increase in crashes and injuries in the first year of the controversial program. There …
Wed., Sept. 23, 2009
Road fatalities drop to 1955 rate
OLYMPIA – Deadly crashes on Washington roads are at their lowest level in more than 50 years, state officials said Tuesday. Preliminary statistics show 522 traffic-related deaths last year – …
Mon., July 30, 2007
No fix in sight for snarls on Flint near airport
The intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and Flint Road has some safety issues, but there are no immediate plans to improve it. More people are driving through the intersection on …
Tue., April 30, 1996
Readers Offer Variety Of Views, Solutions To Red-Light Running
An education campaign directed at Spokane County’s red-light runners isn’t enough, some readers say. We need one for green-light runners, too. “The campaign should encourage defensive driving,” says H.A. Krauss …
Sat., July 22, 1995
Getting The Scoop On Seat Belt Use
A few weeks ago, my wife and I made the trek to a local ice cream parlor after seeing a movie and walking out into a warm evening. What happened …