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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.

 

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.

 

Sullivan Rd. preservation project to begin this week

Sullivan Rd. preservation project to begin this week

If Sullivan Rd. is a regular part of your daily driving route prepare for some delays.

A road preservation project along Sullivan Rd. between Flora Pit Rd. and Trent Ave. is scheduled to begin around April 22nd. It will take approximately seven to eight weeks to complete. 

Plan for traffic to be down to one lane in the area during the hours of 7am and 10pm. Access to Marietta Ave. may be restricted during daylight hours. Driveway access to businesses will be restricted as well while grinding and paving portions are competed, businesses will be notified of alternative access in advance.

90 percent of the project is funded by Spokane Valley Street Preservation Funds and 10 percent funded by Spokane Valley storm water funds. The project will patch and resurface the road as well upgrade storm drainage, sidewalk ramps and signal loops. A storm water swale will also be installed in front of the Sullivan Park parking lot. 

Around the last week of May or first week of June, Sullivan will be closed at night for paving. A detour will run via Euclid Ave.