Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: September 1, 2016
Contact: Trooper Brian Moore
Phone: 509-670-9562
Twitter: @wastatepatrol

WSP Troopers Prepare for Labor Day Weekend

Wenatchee -- Washington State Patrol Troopers will be out in force this Labor Day weekend to ensure travelers arrive safely to their destination. Labor Day is traditionally one of the busiest travel days of the year. In preparing for this holiday weekend, Troopers will be bolstering their emphasis patrols and allocating resources to get personnel in the areas with peak traffic volumes and calls for service.

Troopers will be focusing on distracted driving violations. Distracted drivers are a leading cause of collisions in the State. Troopers will be looking for drivers talking on their cell phones or texting. Drivers are reminded to slow down, watch their following distance and avoid unsafe lane changes. These violations greatly increase the likelihood of a collision, which will restrict the flow of traffic, preventing travelers from getting to their destination in a timely manner.

Troopers will also be focused on removing impaired drivers from the roadway. Speed and impairment are the leading causes of traffic fatalities. Target Zero aims to reduce traffic related fatalities and serious injury collision to zero by 2030.

There is no acceptable number of fatality collisions in Washington State.

Seat belts save lives. Click it or ticket.

Please be patient and allow extra travel time this Labor Day weekend. The Washington State Patrol wants you to have a safe and fun holiday weekend.