Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2008
SPEEDING: Highway 240 tops in state for speeders
By Paula Horton, Herald staff writer
Drivers like to speed on a stretch of Highway 240 between Kennewick and Richland.
A recent speed survey showed 81 percent of vehicles drove at or above the 60 mph speed limit on the newly built stretch of the highway, the Washington State Patrol said.
It’s the top speed location around the state for the second quarter in a row.
And, more than 1,500 vehicles were clocked driving 90 mph or faster in the last three months of last year, according to the data.
The survey by the state Department of Transportation also shows the average speed of vehicles is 63.2 mph on the highway, which leads other state roads with 60 mph limits.
To crack down on speeders, motorcycles and unmarked patrol cars from the state patrol’s Kennewick detachment will be out in force in the area over the next few months, said Lt. Jay Cabezuela.
“Our ultimate goal is to reduce the number of fatality and injury collisions on our roadways,” he said. “We know that dangerous speeding contributes to collisions and we will be doing everything that we can to address this problem area in the months to come.”
See Thursday's Herald and tricityherald.com for more.
— Paula Horton: 582-1556; email@example.com