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WSP Urges Safety Following Deadliest Weekend of Year

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington State Patrol Troopers are asking you to make better choices to hopefully stem a recent spike in highway fatalities.

Last weekend troopers responded to six major collisions in which a total of 10 people died. It was the deadliest weekend of 2009. 

"This loss of life is of great concern to me," says WSP Chief John R. Batiste, "we do not want it repeated this weekend." 

Out of the ten people killed, three were not wearing their seatbelts. Alcohol was involved in three of the collisions. Additional contributing factors to the collisions were speed, aggressive driving, and driver inattention.  

"All of the contributing factors were choices made by the vehicle drivers," says Batiste, "we hope others will learn from these tragedies and make better choices."

The WSP says when you get behind the wheel or grab onto the handlebars of your motorcycle you are the one making the decisions. The WSP is asking you to make wise choices because wrong decisions could result in collisions which could cost your life or the life of an innocent party.