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Traffic Deaths Peak in August

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WASHINGTON--State patrol says that as the summer winds down, the dangers on the road go way up.

Last August, there were 84 traffic deaths in the state: most of any other month.

State patrol says speed, impaired drivers, and people not wearing their seatbelts are to blame.

The accidents on I-82 early friday morning involving two separate drunk drivers are only further evidence that people continue to get behind the wheel after they've been drinking. Rest assured, troopers will be out in force.

"We're doing everything we can right now to curb our fatality collisions through strict enforcement on speed, seatbelt, dui's and aggressive driving," says Trooper Brian Bond.

The goal is reduce the number of traffic deaths. One way is by implementing the "Drive Hammered, Get Nailed" campaign, hopefully sending a strong message to drunk drivers.