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November 24, 2014 at 6:55 AM

Flood watch issued for Western Wash.; heavy rains through holiday

  UPDATE, 12:30 p.m. | Much of Western Washington, including King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, will be under a flood watch starting early Tuesday morning and continuing through Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Skagit, Whatcom and Lewis counties also are included in the watch. Heavy rains starting overnight on Monday could bring ½ to 1¼ inches…

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Comments | More in General news, Weather Beat | Topics: driving, forecast, Thanksgiving

October 9, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Safety group: Texting-driving law should include Internet, IMs

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A state traffic-safety board is asking Washington lawmakers to upgrade the texting-while-driving law from the flip-phone age to the smartphone era. As passed in 2007, the law bans only texting or holding a phone to the ear while driving. Surfing the Internet, checking email or sending instant messages on a phone are…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: driving, texting

April 7, 2014 at 6:53 AM

Ephrata boy, 10, was driving in fatal canal crash

EPHRATA, Grant County (AP) —  A 10-year-old boy was behind the wheel of a pickup that crashed into a canal south of Coulee City, killing his father and 8-year-old brother, authorities said. Scott Kolves of Ephrata was teaching his 10-year-old son to drive when they were on a fishing trip March 30, Grant County sheriff’s officials…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: 10-year-old, canal, driving

February 20, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Poll: State drivers busy talking — even texting — on cellphones

Photo: Chris Joseph Taylor/The Seattle Times Last year, a study of distracted driving in Washington revealed that one in 12 drivers in the state use their cellphones while behind the wheel, and nearly half of those were using them for texting. The only thing surprising about that data to most folks was how low…

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Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: driving, Pemco, poll

February 9, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Snow’s here, but rain and warmer weather coming

7-year-old Aiyana Abbott can’t watch, but Ella Widmeyer, 7, takes care of steering a sled down Kite Hill at Gas Works Park on Sunday. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times) More snow than we’ve seen in a long time hit the Seattle area overnight, making fun for some, but some dicey driving for others. The…

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January 10, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Icy roads expected throughout Western Washington tonight, tomorrow

If you can’t avoid driving around Western Washington tonight and tomorrow morning, make sure you’re driving as slowly and as carefully as you can. Although not much more precipitation is expected tonight and early Friday morning, freezing temperatures at sea level and above could turn any remaining moisture on the roads into ice, according to National…

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