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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.

STA offers easy Bloomsday transportation

STA offers easy Bloomsday transportation

With over 50,000 people descending on downtown Spokane on Sunday for Bloomsday, driving probably isn’t the best way to get to the starting line. Spokane Transit Authority is once again providing shuttle services to and from the race so you can focus on your pace instead of your parking.


The STA Bloomsday Shuttles will leave from four locations across Spokane and Spokane County. Pick up locations are as follows:

Shuttles provided for Bloomsday Trade Show

Shuttles provided for Bloomsday Trade Show

Due to construction, parking will short in downtown Spokane for the Bloomsday Trade Show on Friday and Saturday. In an effort to reduce parking stress, Bloomsday is providing free shuttles from the Spokane Arena to the Convention Center.


"The expansion of the Convention Center and construction of a new hotel across the street are going to be great additions to Spokane," said Lilac Bloomsday Association President Steven Jones. "But they'll make getting in and out of the area challenging for at least this year."

Spokane Valley traffic obstructions

Spokane Valley traffic obstructions

Here’s a list of upcoming traffic obstructions in Spokane Valley.


Mirabeau Parkway between Pinecroft and Mansfield - Expect 2- to 3-minute closures of the southbound lane Mondays through Thursdays from 6:30am to 5:00pm for utility work until Thursday, April 24.

Upcoming Spokane Valley traffic alerts

Upcoming Spokane Valley traffic alerts

From the City of Spokane Valley:


Mirabeau Parkway between Pinecroft and Mansfield - Expect 2- to 3-minute closures of the southbound lane on Mondays through Thursdays from 6:30am to 5:00pm for utility work beginning Monday, April 7 continuing through Thursday, April 24.

Residential street sweeping begins in Spokane Valley

Residential street sweeping begins in Spokane Valley

The City of Spokane Valley is working on the annual spring street sweeping. Crews have finished the arterial sweep and are moving on to curbed residential streets between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm.


In an effort to help crews efficiently complete street sweeping, residents are asked to keep vehicles, trailers, and portable basketball hoops out of the right of way while sweeping is underway. They are also asked to trim vegetation back from the curb and right of way and to trim overhanging branches to at least 14 feet above the public street.

Expect traffic delays in Spokane Valley next week

Expect traffic delays in Spokane Valley next week

Expect traffic delays in Spokane Valley next week as crews begins construction On Sharp Ave. and Mirabeau Parkway. Here’s the traffic obstruction information from the City of Spokane Valley: