Task force going after speeders

  • Tue Jul 20th, 2010 8:38pm
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By Diana Hefley Herald Writer

STANWOOD — Police in Snohomish County are cracking down on speeders.

Officers around the county will step up patrols as part of a state-funded grant to reduce speed-related crashes on city and county roadways.

There were 90 people killed in Snohomish County in speed-related crashes between 2004 and 2008.

Last month, a 21-year-old man was killed in Stanwood when he lost control of his car. The car hit a tree and the man died at the scene. A Granite Falls man died earlier this month after he lost control of his vehicle and hit a utility pole off Engebretson Road.

Investigators believe speed was a factor in both crashes.

Data shows that 87 percent of the people killed in high-speed crashes are men. Nearly half of those are 25 or younger, said Tracy McMillan, manager for the county’s DUI and Target Zero Safety Task Force.

About half of the high-speed fatality crashes are on Saturdays or Sundays and involve one vehicle, she added.

The grant will pay for more patrols through Aug. 1.

Police will have “zero tolerance” for speeders, McMillan said.

Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; hefley@heraldnet.com.