The Washington State Patrol has assigned one ADAT (Aggressive Driving Apprehension Team) unmarked patrol vehicle to Grays Harbor County. Aggressive driving contacts throughout the county have increased by 7%, with 383 aggressive drivers contacted between January and June.
The 9 troopers and 2 sergeants who make up the two Hoquiam detachments have investigated 144 collisions – a decrease of 12% as compared to 164 during the first half of 2009. There have been zero fatality collisions along Grays Harbor state routes in 2010, compared to 2 during the first half of 2009.
Joint emphasis patrols organized by the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission allow local law enforcement agencies the opportunity to work together in proactive emphasis patrol – working towards the common goal of eliminating traffic fatalities. Troopers participated in a joint St. Patrick’s Day emphasis patrol which was organized by Susan Bradbury, Grays Harbor County Target Zero Manager, as well as X52 patrols over the Memorial Day holiday weekend and the WTSC “Slow Down or Pay Up Campaign” between April 9-May 1, Nighttime Seatbelt Emphasis Patrols and a June 25th DUI patrol. Troopers also participated in Grays Harbor Traffic Safety’s “Every 32 Minutes” at Montesano and North Beach High Schools.
The WSP Hoquiam detachments saw several changes this year, with the departure of Sgt. Brain Monteer who transferred to Bremerton, and the return of Sgt. Tyler Drake. Sgt. Drake spent the majority of his career in Hoquiam as a trooper prior to promoting to Sergeant and transferring to Burlington for a short time. The Hoquiam detachment also welcomed Trooper Brett Tolon who recently graduated from the WSP Academy.
Throughout the remainder of 2010, troopers will continue conducting weekly high visibility saturation patrols in identified areas of interest, focusing on collision causing driver behaviors.