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Getting There: Lighting up the dark spots on Spokane’s roadways

Governing magazine this month examined data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, showing that between 2010 and 2017, annual nighttime pedestrian and cyclist deaths climbed 46 percent in the …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

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.


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 …


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.


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 …


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.


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.


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 …


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

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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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. …


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!


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 …


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 – …


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 …


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 …


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 …