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Safety tips for preventing deadly crashes

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Washington State Patrol wants to remind the public of important safety tips after noticing an unusually high number of preventable deadly crashes so far this year in eastern part of the state.

"The majority of these collisions are preventable, which makes the outcome even more tragic for the families and our communities,"said District 4 Commander Captain Jeff Otis. "We are saddened by this needless loss of life."

The two most common causes for these types of accidents are driving under the influence and pedestrian violations, according to WSP. 

Here are some important reminders for both drivers and pedestrians to stay safe. 


  • Drive with caution and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Reduce your speed and increase your following distance.
  • Be sure that everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained.
  • Don't drink and drive.
  • If you encounter a dangerous driver, call 911.


  • Wear appropriate, visible clothing.
  • Be aware of vehicles that are approaching you from both the front and rear.
  • Look both directions before crossing traffic and try to cross at a marked cross walk.
  • Don't ever assume that just because you can see the car, the driver can see you.
  • Be patient, don't take a chance.