BLPD – Traffic Emphasis of the Month – June 2018

Bonney Lake Police Department  

TRAFFIC EMPHASIS OF THE MONTH

June, 2018

Speeding in School/Park Zones/Aggressive Driving

During the month of June 2018, Officers will be conducting a special traffic enforcement emphasis looking for speeding vehicles in school zones and park zones as well as aggressive drivers. With the weather getting nicer outside and the end of the school year approaching we expect to see a greater number of pedestrians on or near our roadways. Keeping children safe in designated school and park zones is a top priority. As a driver the most important thing you can do to protect children in school and park zones is to slow down. It is our goal to improve the pedestrian safety in these areas by reminding motorists to slow down to the posted speed limits.

School Zone Statistics:

  • Washington State law, RCW 46.61.440, defines the rules for driving in a school zone/playground and assigns a penalty for breaking those rules. Remember that the speed limit in a school zone is 20mph. A speeding ticket will cost you double the fine of the normal infraction for speeding. The fines range from $189 to $784 depending on how fast you were going.
  • According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, if a pedestrian is hit by a car is going 20 mph, the pedestrian has a 80%-90% chance of survival. If the same car were going 5-10 mph faster, the pedestrian has a 90% change of being killed; Speed makes a huge difference!
  • Speed Kills — On Washington roadways, there were 1,045 speeding involved fatal crashes between 2004 and 2008. These crashes resulted in a total of 1,166 deaths, which is an average of 233 per year. This accounts for approximately 40% of all traffic deaths during the five year period.

Bonney Lake Police Officers for the month of June, 2018 will impose a no tolerance policy on these violations and will be issuing traffic infractions in an attempt to reduce injuries and deaths that result from motor vehicle collisions in school/park zones and also that involve speeding 15 MPH or more over the posted speed limits.

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