Law Enforcement Agencies Prepare For Memorial Day WeekendPosted: Updated:
Expect an additional presence from Washington State Patrol (WSP) during the Memorial Day Weekend as law enforcement agencies come together on Thursday for the start of the spring "Click It or Ticket" campaign.
Across the state, 70 law enforcement agencies will be collaborating to begin the latest campaign to make sure everyone is buckling up, especially at night. Research shows about the same number of serious accidents happen at night even though there is much less traffic. This effort comes a day before WSP makes emphasis patrols on speeding and DUIs.
Sgt. Edward McAvoy says the agency wants everyone to take some time to think out their travels.
"We want to make sure that people are planning their trips, planning ahead for the heavy congestion areas like Interstate 90, I-82 and making sure they plan ahead and be a little bit more patient," he said.
Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of the summer travel season so there will be an increase in traffic. But WSP doesn't expect a tough economy to impact the number of people on the roads this weekend. Even though people are cutting down on their vacations, the agency expects the same amount of travelers from 2008.
"Last summer as you remember the gas prices were really really high and we didn't expect to see a lot of folks on the road," he said. "However, we did see a good number of folks traveling, especially long-term travel across the state."
WSDOT has created a special section on their website showing you travel trends for the holiday weekend based on historical data. They break down each day of the weekend with an estimated traffic level hour-by-hour.
You can access the travel trends for key routes in Washington state here: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Congestion/MemorialDay/