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Washington State Patrol to conduct summer motorcycle safety emphasis on last weekend in July

From Friday, July 28th, to Sunday, July 30th, 2017, there will be extra Washington State Patrol Troopers on the roadway, as well as our aviation unit in the sky, looking for unsafe, speeding, aggressive and impaired motorcyclists.

From a Washington State Patrol news release.

The State of Washington is experiencing an increase in the rate of motorcycle-involved fatality and serious- injury collisions here in 2017.

In an attempt to address this unfortunate development, Washington State Patrol (WSP) Troopers in Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties will be conducting a three-day activity emphasis on motorcycle violations during the last weekend of July. 

From Friday, July 28th, to Sunday, July 30th, we will have extra Troopers on the roadway, as well as our aviation unit in the sky, looking for unsafe, speeding, aggressive and impaired motorcyclists.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle fatalities throughout the nation have increased by 8.3% and are the highest it has been since 2012.

During the first seven months of 2017, WSP Troopers in Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties have investigated 31 serious-injury or fatal collisions involving motorcycles.

Target Zero aims to reduce serious-injury and fatality collisions to zero by 2030; there is no acceptable number of collisions in Washington State. 

We would like to remind motorcyclists of these requirements:

  • Wear a Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmet with no projections, such as spikes, Mohawks, and Go-Pro cameras.
  • The license plate must be attached conspicuously at the rear of the motorcycle and mounted horizontally.
  • Lights must be activated and operating when in motion.
  • Lane-splitting and driving on the shoulder is illegal.

The Washington State Patrol would like to remind drivers and riders alike to be aware of your surroundings and be safe.

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