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Feb. 23, 2024

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Summer driving safety focus of Southwest Washington law enforcement

By , Columbian staff reporter

Southwest Washington law enforcement are encouraging people to drive safely this summer, which is typically the deadliest time of the year for drivers.

The Washington State Patrol said June 9 through Sept. 7 has emerged over the past five years as the deadliest time on Washington roads. Over the past five summers, 967 drivers have been killed in crashes, according to a news release.

Troopers say the top causes of the fatal crashes are excessive speed, impairment, distraction and failing to grant the right of way.

“Put the phone down, buckle-up, drive sober and slow down,” Jason Linn, the State Patrol’s Southwest Washington district commander, said in the news release. “We can all do our part by following these simple safety rules.”