Washington State Patrol semi-annual report

Clallam/Jefferson Counties - Troopers assigned to the detachment offices located in Clallam and Jefferson Counties have seen a 37% reduction in speed related collisions along state routes during the first six months of 2010.

The 16 troopers and 2 sergeants that make up the two detachments have investigated 45 speed related collisions this year, as compared to 71 during the first six months of 2009.

Troopers have conducted weekly saturation patrols in locations identified as areas of interest. These patrols, which include proactive speed and D.U.I. enforcement, have contributed to increased motorist safety and awareness in Clallam and Jefferson counties.

• Troopers have stopped 6,675 speeding drivers, a slight increase of 4% from last year’s 6,430.

• 64% of drivers stopped for speeding were issued tickets.

Seatbelt use in Clallam and Jefferson counties has remained a primary focus for local law enforcement agencies.

Although the compliance rate for seatbelt use throughout both counties is at 98% (determined through monthly seatbelt surveys), troopers have already stopped 1,030 drivers in the past six months for failing to buckle up.

Throughout Clallam County between January and June, there have been five fatality collisions. Of those collisions, three drivers were not wearing a seatbelt.

Law Enforcement agencies throughout Jefferson and Clallam counties participated in the statewide “Slow Down or Pay Up” campaign April 9-May 1. During emphasis patrols coordinated by Jefferson County Target Zero Manager Linda Pfafman, officers from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Port Townsend Police Department and Washington State Patrol made 250 violator contacts, 83 of which were for speed. Two impaired drivers were removed from Jefferson County roadways during this daytime speed emphasis.

During this campaign, Clallam County Target Zero Manager Jim Borte coordinated emphasis patrols throughout Clallam County, which brought in 14 officers from Port Angeles Police Department, Sequim Police Department and the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office. Together, they made 233 violator contacts, issued 51 speeding tickets, one DUI arrest, and 2 felony arrests.

While the SR101 Corridor Project was officially closed in 2008, the corridor remains a constant area of focus for local law enforcement. By continuing our partnerships with the Clallam and

Jefferson County Traffic Safety Task Forces and local law enforcement agencies, and continually participating in joint emphasis patrols throughout the counties we are working together towards the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injury collisions.

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