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Slow down or pay up; police warn drivers to pay attention

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KENNEWICK, WA-- Police are beginning another sweep with extra patrols for their "Slow Down or Pay Up" campaign.   It starts July 15th and continues through  August 7th. 

Wednesday we were told about the serious consequences of speeding and the dangers if a driver can't stop in time if someone runs in front of a car. Kennewick Police Sergeant Ken Lattin says "the more you slow down and obey the speed limit, the more time you give yourself to perceive and react to a hazard."

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission gave local law enforcement a $15,000 grant to continue speeding sweeps throughout Washington to keep roadways safe. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of accidents and deaths caused by driving too fast.

Lattin says "that's why speeding is so important. For the state we are focused on reducing all fatalities throughout the state by the year 2030. And looking at graphs, we're on that right track. Speeding is one of those components."

Speeding is second to DUI in the number of fatalities and serious injuries. It's a big problem and a big focus point for officers to reach their target zero goal of zero fatalities by 2030.