highway safety

What do Washington’s rest stops need most? The state is trying to figure it out.

BY: - August 4, 2023

Drivers pulling into the Maytown rest area south of Olympia on Thursday morning encountered few open parking spaces. Cars, pick-ups, vans and motorcycles filled a majority of stalls at this highway pit stop at milepost 93 on southbound Interstate 5. A similar experience awaited arriving trucks as big rigs occupied nearly every space, save one […]

18 dead in crashes on Washington roads since last weekend

BY: - July 20, 2023

It’s been a deadly stretch of days on the state’s roads, with at least 18 people killed in vehicle crashes since last weekend, according to the Washington State Patrol. The law enforcement agency said Thursday that, last weekend alone, 15 people died in traffic collisions. Those incidents included a Tacoma wreck that claimed six lives […]

Inslee calls for more speed cameras to curb deadly traffic crashes

BY: - June 28, 2023

With traffic-related deaths hovering at historic levels, Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday called for deploying more speed cameras on state roads to slow drivers down and save lives. Citing experience from his recent trip to Europe, he said drivers will ease off the gas as soon as they know they are traveling in the vicinity […]

Orange lane stripes added to a stretch of I-5

BY: - June 9, 2023

Something new is coming to roadwork zones on Washington’s highways this summer: orange lane stripes.  The Washington State Department of Transportation painted new orange markings in a construction zone on Interstate 5 near Fife, an attempt to alert drivers that they should slow down and use caution.  The orange stripes will remain in place through […]