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Traffic Safety Commission warns everyone to "Slow Down or Pay Up"

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YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. -- The Yakima County Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force kicked off their speed emphasis patrols Friday morning.

Slow Down or Pay Up is a key component of the Washington State Strategic Highway Safety Plan: Target Zero. The vision for Target Zero is zero deaths and serious injuries from traffic crashes in Washington by the year 2030.

"Washington's commitment to improving traffic safety through Target Zero has produced significant results in the last four years," said Lowell Porter, Director of the WTSC.

"By identifying the state's traffic safety priorities and investing our resources based on data, proven strategies, best practices, and strong partnerships, we can again this year realize fewer deaths and serious injuries resulting from speeding," said Porter in a statement.

According to Washington's Fatality Analysis Reporting System: Between 2004 and 2008 - 1,166 people died in Washington from speeding-involved crashes.

The report also notes that speeding is the number one factor in fatal crashes involving teen drivers or motorcycle riders in Washington. Additionally, few drivers realize that the faster they drive, the more likely they are to be killed or seriously injured in a crash.

Officers from Moxee, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Union Gap, and Yakima, along with Washington State Patrol and the Yakima Sheriff's Office will be patrolling from July 9 through August 1.

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