Speed patrols begin in Snohomish County

During the next two weeks, extra officers in Lynnwood and throughout Snohomish County will be on the lookout for speeders.

Funded by a state grant, police will be working overtime on county and city roads through Aug. 1 in an effort to reduce speed-related crashes.

“Almost half of the Snohomish County speed-related crashes occur on a Saturday or Sunday and involve a single vehicle,” said Tracy McMillan, Snohomish County’s DUI & Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force manager. “Eighty-seven percent of those that died were male, and almost half were 25 years of age or younger.”

McMillan said Snohomish County had 90 speed-related deaths between 2004 and 2008. Twenty-seven of those involved motorcycles. Motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death for those ages 4 to 44.

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