State troopers conducting emphasis patrols for speeders

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EVERETT, Wash. —

Washington State Patrol troopers are out in full force to get pedal-heavy drivers to put on the brakes in a new emphasis patrol.

 

Officials said that according to data, many of the speeders are on Interstate 405, where high speeds are causing crashes.

 

Starting Monday, troopers are stepping up patrols to get people to drive slower and be safer.

 

The three major hot spots are on I-405 between Lynnwood and Bothell; Interstate 5 in north Everett; and near the intersection of I-5 and state Route 526.  Authorities said troopers are focusing on those areas because they have the highest concentration of traffic and pedestrians.

 

KIRO 7 Eyewitness News photographers were out Sunday night and caught up with officers as they monitored the highways.  Troopers told the crew that speeders are at their worst between the hours of 1 and 6 p.m., the times when the highest concentration of law enforcement will be out.

 

Law enforcement will examine the information it collects over time and use it to better plan speed control.        

 

The initiative is based on a state initiative called Target Zero.

 

If successful locally, it could go statewide.