Money approved by the Metropolitan King County Council earlier this week will go toward emphasis patrols by sheriff’s deputies to address speeders, drunken drivers and school-zone violators.
Speeding, street racing and drunken driving will be targeted by King County deputies under supplemental funding approved last week.
Metropolitan King County Council approved the funds for an additional 1,100 hours of traffic enforcement by sheriff’s deputies to address traffic problems in various areas of the county.
“One of the most persistent requests I heard from residents of unincorporated King County this last year was for more traffic enforcement,” Councilmember Reagan Dunn, who proposed the increased funding, said in a statement.
The $100,000 in additional funding will go toward deputy salaries for increased emphasis patrols in school zones and in areas where speeding and driving under the influence are particular problems, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
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Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Stanley Seo said additional DUI, speed and accident-prevention patrols can be expected on Duvall Road, at Avondale Road and West Snoqualmie River Road, near Woodinville; at Northeast Novelty Hill Road and 208th Avenue Northeast outside of Redmond; and on 16th Avenue Southwest between Southwest 102nd Street and Southwest 112th Street.
In Southeast King County, extra patrols will target impaired drivers and street racing on the Green River Road, between Black Diamond and Covington, Seo said. Additional patrols to prevent speeding and unsafe driving will also be assigned to the area around Kentlake High School in Kent, he said.
Vashon Highway on Vashon Island will have additional DUI patrols, as will Renton Avenue in the Skyway area, according to the sheriff’s office.
In addition, extra hours will be devoted to the enforcement of reduced speed limits in school zones throughout unincorporated King County, Seo said.
“As the school year begins, it’s important that drivers remember to obey all traffic laws in order to keep everyone safe,” Sheriff John Urquhart said. “The additional Council funds secured in the budget will allow my deputies to maintain a more visible presence as a public reminder.”