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Safety tips for a safe drive on Memorial Day

Safety tips for a safe drive on Memorial Day

Many families take to the open road over Memorial Day to take advantage of the long weekend and to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. Idaho State Police wants to remind all drivers to remain safe.


Last year there were 129 crashes in Idaho with 81 injuries and two fatalities. Idaho State Police has provided these safety reminders which are great for both Idaho and Washington drivers:


Wear Your Seatbelts: Police in both Idaho and Washington will be strictly enforcing seat belt laws and drivers with children are reminded to make sure all children are in age appropriate safety seats and that children under 12 are in the back seat.


Designate a Driver: Nearly 30 people a day die in an alcohol related crash. Make sure to designate a driver before anyone in your party drinks.


Moscow increasing seatbelt enforcement

Moscow increasing seatbelt enforcement

The Moscow Police Department is participating in a statewide seatbelt enforcement mobilization. The enforcement will run from May 20th to June 2nd and aims to increase the rate of seatbelt use in the area.

In Idaho, the penalties for not wearing a seatbelt differ for drivers and passengers depending on age. Some laws to keep in mind:

  • Drivers are required to have all passengers under the age of six in a child safety restraint.
  • Adult drivers are responsible for juvenile passengers and will be fined if juveniles are not wearing seatbelts.
  • Juvenile drivers are responsible for their own seatbelts as well as for other juveniles not wearing seatbelts
  • Adult passengers are responsible for their own seatbelts.

ATV safety courses provide valuable skills to keep you safe

ATV safety courses provide valuable skills to keep you safe

In last two weeks Eastern Washington and North Idaho have seen over five ATV accidents including one death in the LC Valley last week. While ATV riding is fun, it's important to learn proper technique to remain safe.


“We think it takes special skills to ride an ATV,” says Dale Stevens, a licensed ATV safety instructor with the ATV Safety Institute. ASI is a non-profit sponsored by the all the major ATV manufacturers. Instructors like Stevens teach regular safety classes to educate riders on proper technique, safety skills and the responsibilities that come with owning and riding ATVs.


After taking his course many riders tell Stevens that they didn't know what a work out riding is and that they expected it to be easier. Stevens says that a lot of people expect ATVs to be like riding a couch on wheels but it that it takes a lot of physical effort and knowledge of how ATVs operate to remain safe while riding.


Moscow prepares for Main Street project


Official press release from the City of Moscow: 

In preparation for the Main Street Grind and Inlay Project later this summer, City Water and Street Department crews will be performing utility repairs on Main Street between 6th and “A” Street beginning on Tuesday, February 12.

The Main Street Grind and Inlay Project, to occur this summer, will consist of milling the top 2 inches of the existing asphalt in the travel lanes only, sealing any existing cracks, applying a geotextile fabric to inhibit reflective cracking, and replacing the 2 inches of asphalt. The project will be followed by a slurry seal applied to the full width of Main Street, including the parking lanes. The base project will run from 6th Street to 3rd Street, with additional alternatives extending the project north to 2nd or “A” Street depending on bids received.

Major traffic expected for Inland Northwest

The Washington State Patrol is expecting a major traffic impact due to two events this weekend for Eastern Washington and the Idaho Panhandle.

Troopers said motorists should first expect delays all over Eastern Washington for the opening home game for Washington State University. They said fans from all over the state will be heading to Pullman and are expected to cause major back ups.

Then on Sunday, the Idaho Transportation Department will close down eastbound I-90 at the Washington-Idaho border due to a construction project. The closure will start Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. and last through 5:00 a.m. Monday morning. All traffic will be diverted to State Line Exit 299 at that time and drivers should see back-up from Liberty Lake to state line.

In order to delay with both traffic delays, Troopers will have all available units working this weekend.

WSU offers game day parking alternatives

Due to the increased population of visitors expected for this year’s football season, some parking facilities will not be available due to campus construction and expansion.

WSU is putting together a new parking plan to accommodate visitors including an interactive map showing possible parking options. Might be be useful if you’re making the trek onto campus for a home football game.

Pullman Police has a list of parking details you'll  need to know as well including where to find disability parking and designated Cougar Athletic Fund member parking. 

For alternative transportation, there’s also Pullman Transit who will be operating a park and ride on game days.

The first home game is scheduled for September 8 at noon against Eastern Washington University.