Acting Captain Rob Huss
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax
*** For Immediate Release***
Troopers Stay Focused in 2012
The men and women of the Washington State Patrol work tirelessly to make a difference everyday on the State Routes and Interstate systems of Washington. In 2012, they continued their mission to be the best law enforcement agency in the nation.
Washington State Patrol’s District Five, which covers Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania, and Klickitat Counties, was no exception. In 2012, the trooper’s of District Five contacted 115,909 motorists. In an effort to reduce fatality and serious injury collisions, these same troopers removed 1,613 impaired drivers from our roadways. The troopers work efforts contributed to a reduction in total collisions by 2%, fatal collisions were decreased by 15%, and injury collisions were decreased by 12% on State Routes and Interstate Highways in District Five.
Captain Ron Rupke, District Commander of District Five said, “District Five has an enormous task of covering 762 miles of roadway in Southwest Washington. The troopers did an outstanding job in 2012 keeping our roadways safe.”
Here is how the numbers break down for District Five:
- Speed Violations: Troopers stopped 47,947 speeding vehicles.
- Aggressive Drivers: Troopers contacted 5,683 drivers for driving erratically or their driving was likely to endanger persons or property.
- Restraints: Troopers contacted 4,667 vehicle occupants for not wearing or improperly wearing a seatbelt.
District Five troopers also investigated nearly 3,000 collisions, made 1,111 drug arrests, and recovered 23 stolen vehicles.
Since its inception in 1921, the Washington State Patrol has seen many changes, but never have they wavered in their commitment to serve.