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Safety tips for a safe drive on Memorial Day

Safety tips for a safe drive on Memorial Day

Many families take to the open road over Memorial Day to take advantage of the long weekend and to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. Idaho State Police wants to remind all drivers to remain safe.

 

Last year there were 129 crashes in Idaho with 81 injuries and two fatalities. Idaho State Police has provided these safety reminders which are great for both Idaho and Washington drivers:

 

Wear Your Seatbelts: Police in both Idaho and Washington will be strictly enforcing seat belt laws and drivers with children are reminded to make sure all children are in age appropriate safety seats and that children under 12 are in the back seat.

 

Designate a Driver: Nearly 30 people a day die in an alcohol related crash. Make sure to designate a driver before anyone in your party drinks.

 

ATV safety courses provide valuable skills to keep you safe

ATV safety courses provide valuable skills to keep you safe

In last two weeks Eastern Washington and North Idaho have seen over five ATV accidents including one death in the LC Valley last week. While ATV riding is fun, it's important to learn proper technique to remain safe.

 

“We think it takes special skills to ride an ATV,” says Dale Stevens, a licensed ATV safety instructor with the ATV Safety Institute. ASI is a non-profit sponsored by the all the major ATV manufacturers. Instructors like Stevens teach regular safety classes to educate riders on proper technique, safety skills and the responsibilities that come with owning and riding ATVs.

 

After taking his course many riders tell Stevens that they didn't know what a work out riding is and that they expected it to be easier. Stevens says that a lot of people expect ATVs to be like riding a couch on wheels but it that it takes a lot of physical effort and knowledge of how ATVs operate to remain safe while riding.

 

Concrete Spill On Roadway

Concrete Spill On Roadway

Motorists on Dodson Road North are advised to use extreme caution following a concrete spill. The spill extended onto the road way between the 9000 and 12000 blocks. Some vehicles were damaged during the spill.

If your car was damaged by the concrete please contact AAA Ready Mix at (509) 765-5674.

Detour time in Grant County

Country Road T NE, between Country Roads 6 NE and 7 NE, will be closed to all traffic right after Memorial Day weekend.

Culvert replacement will close down this stretch of road starting Tuesday, May 29th through June 14th.

During construction, officials ask that Country Roads S NE and U NE be used as detours.

Construction hours will be Monday through Thursday from 6 AM to 4:30 PM. Contact your local Public Works officials with additional questions at 509-754-6082.

 

Motorcycle accident injures two near Hartline

Motorcycle accident injures two near Hartline

A motorcycle accident injured two people Saturday evening eight miles north of Hartline. First responders were dispatched around 5:30 p.m. to the accident.

Crash investigators say Benjamin A. Baer, 30, of Grand Coulee failed to make the curve at Road 50-Northeast while driving northbound. Baer and his wife, Anna, 25, were thrown from the motorcycle to the side of the road. Both were transported to Coulee Community Medical Center.

Anna was treated at the medical center for non-life threatening injuries. Mr. Baer was later flown to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane by MedStar helicopter for treatment of serious injuries to the head.

Investigators say they were wearing helmets not approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation to reduce the risk of head injuries.

Single lane closures planned for Snoqualmie Pass next week

Single lane closures planned for Snoqualmie Pass next week

If you’re heading to Western Washington anytime next week via I-90, transportation crews will be working on the roadway between Easton and Cle Elum.

There will be some single lane closures to be aware of and delays between Monday, April 9th and Friday, April 13th. Crews will finish replacing parts of the roadway in both directions due to deteriorating concrete.

The project is scheduled to be finished next fall.

A good tool while you’re on the road, check WSDOT’s @SnoqualmiePass Twitter account that updates with transportation issues for that region. There’s also the @WSDOT account that covers all of the state.