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City of Moscow and Safe Routes to School celebrate National Bike Day with Fill the Racks

City of Moscow and Safe Routes to School celebrate National Bike Day with Fill the Racks

 

The City of Moscow and the Safe Routes to School (SR2S) program are encouraging students to bike or roll to school on Wednesday, May 6th 2015 for Fill the Racks! a celebration of National Bike to School Day.

 

Moscow Rolling Hills Half Marathon to cause road closures April 12

Moscow Rolling Hills Half Marathon to cause road closures April 12

 

A marathon hosted by the Moscow Parks and Recreation Department will cause road closures this weekend.

 

The first-ever Moscow Rolling Hills Half Marathon will take place on Sunday April 12th. To ensure runner safety on the route, a portion of Mill Road, north of Highway 8 will be closed from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

Those out traveling are asked to use an alternate route for any transportation that day.

 

The Full route for the event includes the official start on Mill Road, continuing north to Robinson Park Road, east on Robinson Park Road to Wallen Road then east to Teare Road, south on Teare Road to Kasper Road, east on Kasper Road to Larson Road, north on Larson Road to Wallen road, west on Wallen Road to Robinson Park Road to Mill Road, and south on Mill Road to the finish.

 

Whitman County to increase DUI patrols for upcoming weekends

Whitman County to increase DUI patrols for upcoming weekends

 

The Pullman Police Department announced Wednesday that DUI emphasis patrols will be held across Whitman County during the weekends of April 10-12 and April 24-25.

 

These patrols are funded with local support from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and the Spokane County Target Zero Task Force, and aim to keep Washington roadways safe by removing impaired drivers. In addition to the Pullman Police Department, other local agencies will be involved in the DUI patrol including the Whitman County Sheriff's Office, WSU Police Department, and the Colfax Police Department.

 

Washington State Patrol uses latest laser technology to quickly clear roadways after an accident

 

The Washington State Patrol released their newest edition of their Good to Know video series (view above), which features detectives using the latest laser technology to quickly clear roadways after an accident, ensuring driver and officer safety.

 

According to the WSP, the Trimble Laser Scanner does the work traditionally done by detectives, but in about half the time and with only one operator. The machine scans items at the scene in order to recreate a 3-D version of the surrounding area which helps investigators determine the cause of the collision.

 

WSP uses the Trimble to reduce road closure time while still conducting a thorough investigation of the incident. The device can also be used at other types of crimes such as homicides, to document the location of important evidence.

 

State approves funds to upgrade 49 rail crossings in Spokane and Whitman counties

State approves funds to upgrade 49 rail crossings in Spokane and Whitman counties

State regulators approved funding for safety upgrades at 49 railroad crossings in Spokane and Whitman counties on Tuesday.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) approved a Grade Crossing Protective Fund (GCPF) grant at the request of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). WSDOT owns the railroad line and contracts with Washington & Idaho Railway (WIR), which operates over the tracks.

WSDOT will receive $12,250 to replace cross bucks and cross-buck posts, install or replace yield and stop signs, replace multiple track signs, and install reflective tape at the public crossings.

Troopers crack down on distracted drivers

Troopers crack down on distracted drivers

Click it or Ticket ran from May 19 to June 1 and netted nearly almost 600 citations between Spokane, Whitman, Pend Oreille and Ferry counties.

A statewide campaign since 2002, the focus has shifted from seatbelts to other issues with drivers behind the wheel.

"We focus on the distracted driving violations. texting, talking on your cell phone," said Trooper Greg Birkeland of the Washington State Patrol.

Why is it important? Birkeland says it's important for drivers to remember they are behind the wheel of what he calls a 2,000 pound killing machine.

"If you are not in complete control things happen in a split second," he said.

Since the campaign started, seat belt use in Washington has gone from 82-percent to 97-percent, one of the highest in the country. During the two-week campaign an additional 370 extra patrol hours are put in on a round-the-clock basis.

"We have certain areas that we target, and typically they are the congested areas," Birkeland said, adding that seat belt and texting violations can be some of the most difficult to spot.

Washington conducting impaired driving survey this weekend

Washington conducting impaired driving survey this weekend

Washington state and the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission are teaming up to conduct surveys on impaired drivers through the weekend.

The survey is completely anonymous and voluntary and the goal is to gain perspective on what is in Washington driver's systems and find out what the state needs to educate the public on.

"When you're driving down the road do you ever wonder how many impaired drivers are around you? Well we do to," Karen Wigen, Spokane County Target Zero Task Force, said.

The anonymous, voluntary survey be conducted on the roadside across the state.

"This is the first time that we've ever done a driver impairment data collection study in Washington state," Wigen said.

The NHTSC paid the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation $250,000 to conduct the survey in six counties. Because of the legalization of marijuana the surveys will give a snapshot of motorists' drug and alcohol use before pot stores open in the coming months.

"PIRE is going to run the study on I think it will be 75 drugs, illegal, legal and over the counter," Wigen said.