Beginning Thursday, July 2, the Washington State Patrol, the Oregon State Patrol and the California Highway Patrol will launch a coordinated education and enforcement effort intended to make Interstate 5 safer for summer travelers.
The campaign, “I-5 Alive,” will focus primarily on speeding and distracted driving, as well as driving while impaired, failure to use seat belts and failure to use child safety seats, according to a state patrol press release.
“Speed continues to be a leading killer on our roadways. Combined with distracted driving, it is even more deadly,” said California Highway Patrol Commissioner Amanda Ray. “We know people are eager to get out and travel, but reckless driving will not get you there sooner — it will just create dangerous conditions for you and everyone else on the road.”
The Washington State Patrol reportedly saw a 27% increase in aggressive driving contacts between May 2019 and May 2020. May 2021 saw 9,078 Washington State Patrol driver contacts alone, a slight drop from 2020 but still substantially higher than pre-pandemic years, according to the state patrol.