Washington state traffic officials will boost efforts over the next year to catch both speeders and impaired drivers by using special weekend patrols, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Under a program dubbed X-52, the state Traffic Safety Commission will funnel $450,000 in federal money to law enforcement agencies around the state to help pay for these extra patrols beginning the weekend of Feb. 15.
Commission Director Lowell Porter, former chief of the Washington State Patrol, said the money is federal funding that his agency will provide to match efforts by local police agencies. For example, he said, if a department provides 20 hours of overtime for a special weekend enforcement effort, the commission will pay for another 20 hours of overtime. Law enforcement agencies will target locations where accidents caused by speeding or impaired drivers have been a particular problem, based upon state Transportation Department maps where clusters of accidents have occurred.