roads http://www.kplu.org en Report: Poor Roads, Congestion Cost Seattle-Area Drivers $1,800 A Year http://www.kplu.org/post/report-poor-roads-congestion-cost-seattle-area-drivers-1800-year <p>Seattle-area drivers are losing about $1,800 a year due to driving on poor roads, congestion delays and traffic crashes on roads that are unsafe, according to a new&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">report by TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The same report&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">says drivers are wasting 48 hours a year stuck in traffic.</span></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:20:03 +0000 Ashley Gross 14701 at http://www.kplu.org Report: Poor Roads, Congestion Cost Seattle-Area Drivers $1,800 A Year WA gets top marks for seatbelt use, lagging on cell phone safety http://www.kplu.org/post/wa-gets-top-marks-seatbelt-use-lagging-cell-phone-safety <p>Washington State has <a href="http://www.wtsc.wa.gov/resources/news/">the highest rate</a> of seat belt use in the nation. That’s according to a report recently released by the <a href="http://www.nhtsa.gov/" target="_blank">National Highway Traffic Safety Administration</a>.</p><p>Bob Calkins with the Washington State Patrol keeps an eye on the statistics.</p><blockquote><p>“The national average is 84 percent. We are first among competing states at 97 and a half percent,” he says.</p></blockquote><p>Following Washington are California, Oregon and Hawaii.</p> Sat, 13 Oct 2012 00:20:03 +0000 KPLU News Staff 6711 at http://www.kplu.org 104 pedestrians killed in 8 years; more Seattle streets should be on a diet, advocates say http://www.kplu.org/post/104-pedestrians-killed-8-years-more-seattle-streets-should-be-diet-advocates-say <p class="p2">Cars and pedestrians collided fatally in Seattle 90 times between 2001 and 2009 &ndash; killing 104 pedestrians. <span class="s1">The advocacy group <a href="http://walkinginseattle.org/?p=2910"><span class="s2">Walking in Seattle</span></a> reports that <a href="http://batchgeo.com/map/83f152c8456cd0029d995984643627a0"><span class="s2">28 of the fatal incidents could have been prevented by rechannelization or road diets.</span></a></span></p><p class="p2">The pedestrian-friendly group says Seattle should consider putting the streets where these 28 collisions occurred on a road diet. The city of Seattle has one street on the books.</p><p class="p2"> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 18:10:30 +0000 Evan Hoover 4172 at http://www.kplu.org 104 pedestrians killed in 8 years; more Seattle streets should be on a diet, advocates say Morning road's remain icy mess; officials ask you stay home http://www.kplu.org/post/morning-roads-remain-icy-mess-officials-ask-you-stay-home <p>If you don't have to be on the roads today you're being asked to stay home. State and local transportation officials around western Washington say conditions remain extremely poor, and won't improve much as the region remains in a deep freeze.</p><p> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 13:59:13 +0000 Gary Davis 200 at http://www.kplu.org Morning road's remain icy mess; officials ask you stay home