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April 7, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Washington officers to crack down on distracted driving

Law-enforcement officers throughout the state will be cracking down on distracted drivers starting later this week as part of a new national distracted-driving enforcement campaign. Officers from more than 100 law-enforcement agencies will target motorists whom they observe driving while distracted starting Thursday through April 15, according to a Washington Traffic Safety Commission news release. Motorists will…

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0 Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: cellphones, distracted driving, Target Zero

February 27, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Police believe Vancouver hit-run driver was texting

The Associated Press VANCOUVER, Wash. — Police believe a hit-and-run driver was texting when she ran down a 65-year-old man using a walker in a Vancouver crosswalk. The impact last October fatally injured Stephen Dewey of Vancouver. The suspected driver, 30-year-old Jessica B. VanWechel of Camas was arrested Wednesday night in Camas. The Columbian reports that court papers say she confided…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: hit and run, texting, Vancouver

February 26, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Wednesday Memo: Bertha a lemon? … No texting please … Welcome Chewy

Wouldn’t you know it? Bertha’s big troubles started in Japan with damaged seals. It’s difficult not to compare this to buying a lemon of a car — a very big, expensive one. Let’s hope that any extra costs stemming from these fixes doesn’t come out of our pockets. The way things are set…

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0 Comments | More in Morning Memo | Topics: aquarium, bertha, northern fur seal

February 20, 2014 at 11:49 AM

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

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 the number was — just…

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