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Local cops targeting speeders now through Aug. 7

Between today, July 15, and Sunday, Aug. 7, law enforcement officers throughout Yakima and Klickitat counties will be part of a statewide effort in search of speeding drivers.

Local agencies involved in the patrol effort include Sunnyside, Grandview, Toppenish, Yakima, Union Gap, Yakama Nation, Moxee and Selah police departments, as well as the Yakima County Sheriff's Office and Washington State Patrol.

With summer upon us, there are a lot more people out and about, both as pedestrians and drivers.

Unfortunately some driving habits such as speeding don't change. It's an alarming fact that even driving at 30 miles per hour on dry pavement requires a stopping distance of 41 yards. That's eight car lengths or almost half of a football field!

How much do you know about the dangers of speeding? Take this short quiz below.

TRUE OR FALSE: About 20 percent of all traffic fatalities in Washington involve speeding drivers. FALSE. More than 40 percent involve a speeder.

TRUE OR FALSE: A speeding ticket can cost as much as $411. TRUE. The average speeding ticket in Washington is $156, but as your speed increases, so does the fine. In fact, a speeding ticket in Washington could easily cost more than $411.

TRUE OR FALSE: Most of Washington's traffic deaths occur on freeways. FALSE. Most of Washington's fatal and serious-injury crashes occur on rural roads, which are often unlighted and undivided.

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission and the Yakima County Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force urge all Washingtonians to take this speeding quiz. Visit www.considerthisyourwarning.com for these and many more brain teasers. Results will be tabulated on the accuracy of Washington drivers' answers and available in August.

"Speeding is a major contributing factor in fatal and serious-injury crashes in Washington, and therefore, is a priority of Target Zero," said Lowell Porter, Director of the Traffic Safety Commission.

He said, "Well publicized and highly visible speed enforcement is a proven combination that reduces fatal crashes. Obeying speed limits is something everyone can do to support highway safety in Washington."

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