Increased patrols for Fourth of July weekend

Summer represents the deadliest time of year on highways especially during the Fourth of July.

The Washington State Patrol is increasing patrols and targeting drivers who speed and drive impaired.

Heavier traffic volumes are expected throughout the weekend on the whole peninsula.

Seven additional troopers are assigned to Clallam and Jefferson Counties over the weekend.


As a motorist, here are some steps you can take to have a safe and happy holiday:  

• Be aware of motorcycles by giving the motorcyclist a full lane of travel. 

• If you or one of your friends has been drinking, don’t drive. Call a friend, a taxi or a tow truck to get home. 

• Think and plan ahead by allowing yourself enough time to get where you need to go so you don’t need to speed to get there.

• Take your time and slow down, especially if the driving conditions warrant it and be sure to wear your seatbelt. 

• If you are on the road and come across someone who you suspect might be under the influence, or is driving dangerously, immediately call 9-1-1, if it is safe for you to do so.  If a trooper is in the area, they will be able to stop the vehicle before it has a chance to cause injury to someone else. 


The Washington State Patrol has dedicated itself to public safety, and throughout this holiday weekend they will be working around the clock to ensure safety on roadways.

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