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DUI emphasis patrol nets more than 100 arrests

DUI emphasis patrol nets more than 100 arrests

News release from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission:

Road work delays expected in the Spokane Valley next week

Road work delays expected in the Spokane Valley next week

The city of Spokane Valley released the following list of traffic alerts to ensure driver convenience and safety. They remind drivers to observe speed limits and use caution driving through construction areas.

4th Avenue between Progress and Sullivan - closed to through traffic from 7:00am on Monday, July 29 until 5:00pm on Wednesday, July 31 for utility work.  Signs will redirect traffic via Progress, Sprague and Sullivan.

Bettman Rd between 11th & 14th - Expect lane reductions and brief driveway access restrictions from 7:00am to 5:00pm Mondays through Fridays, through the end of August for storm water drainage improvements.  At times, 12th Avenue traffic will be redirected via 8th and Eastern.

Montgomery Drive just east of Pines - expect lane reductions and minor delays from 7:00am to 6:00pm through Thursday, August 1 for utility work. 

Target Zero found more DUI suspects this year

Target Zero found more DUI suspects this year

The Spokane County Target Zero Campaign saw an increase in DUI suspects this year. DUI emphasis patrols were held  from June 21st through July 7th across Spokane County to discourage drivers from driving under the influence. 

Law enforcement arrested 154 DUI suspects during this year's emphasis patrol. This shows an increase from last year's 99 DUI's during the same time period. In 2012 over half of traffic deaths in Spokane County involved an impaired driver.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens not to drive impaired so we can have a fatal free and safe summer.

For more information on the Target Zero Campaign Click Here: www.wsp.wa.gov/targetzero

ATV Driver Tries to Escape Deputies, Air 1 and K9

ATV Driver Tries to Escape Deputies, Air 1 and K9

A Spokane Valley man tried to out ride Sheriff's Deputies, an Air 1 helicopter, and a K9 unit after officers tried to pull him over for speeding on his ATV. 

Spokane Valley Police Department arrested a man that was speeding on his ATV on June 29th around 9:30 PM. Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Sergeant Dave Ellis observed an ATV travelling at a high rate of speed and trespassing on railroad property. As he started chasing the vehicle, he was assisted K9 Laslo and an Air 1 that happened to be flying by the area.

June Brings Road Repairs to the Spokane Valley

June Brings Road Repairs to the Spokane Valley

With summer comes road construction and repairs. The City of Spokane Valley wants drivers to be aware of the following projects going on through the month of June.

Citywide - Expect brief lane closures as crews conduct crack sealing throughout the city until the end of June. 

8th Ave from Long to Barker  - closed around the clock through Friday, June 28 for utility installation. Signs will redirect traffic via 4th Ave.

Pines between Trent and Marietta - reduced to one lane in each direction and southbound sidewalk will be closed from 6:30 am to 5:00pm, though midweek, for signal conduit work.

Sprague between Park and Thierman - remains reduced to two lanes from 7:00am to 6:00pm through midweek for resurfacing, weather permitting.   

For all projects, access to businesses will be maintained. Signs and/or flaggers will direct traffic through the work areas.  Expect brief delays and congestion in work areas.

Get nonstop from Spokane to L.A.

Get nonstop from Spokane to L.A.

Getting to Los Angeles just got quicker and easier. Spokane International Airport will accept the first passengers to embark on a nonstop flight from GEG to LAX on Tuesday. They're doing it in style.

Passengers will be given a celebrity welcome, complete with chair massage and breakfast. Paparrazi will be on hand, capturing the headlines and taking photos of the travelers against a backdrop of the golden California sand and surf. Each person also can participate in a raffle for California-themed prizes.

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.