GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, Wash. - The results are in from the recent Drive Hammered, Get Nailed enforcement campaign conducted from August 14 through September 7.
In Grays Harbor County, 44 motorists were stopped and arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), and statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 2818 drivers for DUI.
In Grays Harbor County, the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office, the Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Hoquiam, McCleary, Montesano and Ocean Shores Police Departments, and the Washington State Patrol, participated in the extra emphasis patrols, with the support of the Grays Harbor Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force. The extra patrols were funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
Impaired driving is the leading cause of traffic deaths in Washington. During 2008, impaired drivers killed nearly half of the 522 people who died on Washington’s roadways. The 251 impaired driver-involved deaths last year represent a decrease of 22 fatalities compared to the previous five-year average.
MONTESANO, Wash. - The Grays Harbor County Sherrif's department reports the County prosecutor has declined to file criminal charges against 38 year old Gary Bowers from Port Orchard concluding that the shooting of 25 year old Weston Wolff of Olympia at Lake Wynoochee was justifiable Homicide. Bowers was camping with his wife and two sons, ages 7 and 11, August 28th when a visibly drunken Weston Wolff stumbled into Bower's campsite. Bowers at first thought that an animal was in his campsite, so he left his tent and fired a warning shot into the air.
Bowers then heard Wolff, along with as 17 year old who was with Wolff, near his vehicle. Thinking the two had been trying to steal from him, he fired a warning shot into the air, scaring off the 17 year old, the 25 year old left after another warning shot was fired.
The 17 year old had returned to his campsite and was about to leave with his group to locate Wolff, when Wolf returned, said nothing to his friends, stripped down to his underwwear and t-shirt, grabbed a machette and left in the direction of Bower's campsite.
Wolff returned to the Bower's campsite, with the machete, and continued to threaten Bowers. Bowers fired a single shot at the man, killing him. Scott said that according to the Prosecutors office, the case and investigation are closed.
The outage occurred at about 6:40pm (Tuesday, September 8, 2009).
OLYMPIA, Wash. - It could have been the rain, wind, economy or school calendar. Whatever the reason, the result was clear. There were fewer vehicles on the road in most places for Labor Day 2009.
WSDOT collects and provides data on its Web site on routes that typically see an increase in travel over holiday weekends to help drivers have the information they need to know before they go on holiday trips.
On I-90 across Snoqualmie Pass, WSDOT counted nearly 187,000 vehicles during the Labor Day weekend, a 9 percent decrease from Labor Day 2008.
Most areas in Washington showed a similar decrease, with traffic on US 2 over Stevens Pass even lower, with 29,900 vehicles on US 2 over Stevens Pass from Friday through Monday. That’s down 6,500 vehicles (or 22 percent) from 2008.
Traffic on I-5 near the U.S./Canadian border showed a small increase from 2008. WSDOT counted 129,700 vehicles on this stretch of highway from Friday through Monday, an increase of 3,400 vehicles (or 3 percent) from Labor Day weekend 2008.
Consumer: “I cannot make my car payment. If I pay the interest and a little towards the principal, can I keep the car until I get back on my feet?”
Attorney General Rob McKenna: Unfortunately, if you don’t make your payments, your lender may repossess your vehicle – and your blemished credit history can make it difficult for you to obtain another loan in the future. Plus, you will still owe the remaining balance on the vehicle you no longer have. Here are some options that may help you avoid a repo:
· Contact your lender as soon as possible. Be honest about the situation and why you aren’t able to make the payment. If you’ve been a good customer and made your payments on time in the past, your lender may be willing to defer a payment and allow you to keep the car. If you can reach an agreement to change your original contract, get those new terms in writing. Don’t wait until your loan has been turned over to a debt collector. By then, your lender has given up on you and it’s too late to negotiate.
· Refinance. You may be able to negotiate a lower interest or spread out the payments over a longer period of time, resulting in lower payments. The downside to a longer-term loan is that you’ll pay more interest. Compare loans from your current lender and others.
· Sell the car to pay off the loan. Determine how much you owe on the vehicle then check its market value on a site such as Edmund's or Kelley Blue Book. If you owe less than the car is worth, sell it and use the cash to clear your debt. Before selling, review your financing agreement to see if the lender charges prepayment penalties for paying off your loan early.
· Look for ways to save more money. Are you positive you can’t make your payment? You may be able to cut household expenses by eliminating other services you don’t need. You might qualify for assistance programs to help cover groceries, utilities or prescription drugs. Check out our Recession Survival Guide for resources at www.atg.wa.gov/economy.aspx.