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4/14: Safe driving enforcement patrol on Aurora

April 13th, 2011 by master

You may see more police than usual on Aurora Ave. N. tomorrow — they’re participating in The Aurora Traffic Safety Project’s safe driving enforcement patrol. Here are some details from Seattle Department of Transportation:

On April 14th beginning at 6:30 am and running all day and evening, the Seattle Police Department, Washington State Patrol and Washington Liquor Control Board will be conducting a major traffic enforcement patrol to deter aggressive and distracted driving on Aurora.  Specifically the patrol will focus on the behaviors we know are contributing to collisions, injuries and deaths along Aurora such as speeding, following too close, unsafe turns, DUI, cell phone usage and other in car distractions.

More than 50 Seattle Police Department personnel will be participating including motorcycle and squad car units, the aggressive drivers response team and the DUI squad.  Joining SPD will be six patrol units from the Washington State Patrol and three teams from the Washington Liquor Control Board.  A unified command center will be established at 125th and Aurora.

Aurora is a busy thoroughfare and thriving community.  Making it safer means getting the safe driving message out to all drivers on Aurora.  Our goal is to change driver behavior to make Aurora safer; not write citations.  A big part of achieving this goal is getting the safe driving reminder out to drivers well before the emphasis patrol. To do this, we are talking to business owners and neighbors along Aurora now about the patrol and asking you to spread the word that everyone can help improve safety.

The April 14th patrol is part of the Aurora Traffic Safety Project – a two year effort to improve safety through engineering improvements, increased enforcement, and educational outreach.   Between April 2005 and March 2008, 1,581 collisions occurred on Aurora between the Battery Street Tunnel and N 145th Street – that’s nearly 46 collisions per month.  Since the start of this project in 2009, collisions on Aurora have been reduced by more than 20 percent.

Please tell your friends and neighbors about the patrol and the importance of driving safe along Aurora and all of our city streets.  For more information about the Aurora Traffic Safety Project visit

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Lessons from Wallingford street murals

March 24th, 2011 by master

Last night KING-5 did a story on Wallingford’s street murals and a proposed mural in Maple Leaf. As always, neighbors are divided over their benefits in Maple Leaf. Wallingfordians, what’s your take on the arty asphalt now that we have two street murals — the ladybug N. 49th/Burke and the turtle at N. 41st/Interlake — in the neighborhood?

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Traffic alert: 3000 runners at Green Lake Sat.

February 11th, 2011 by master

Thanks to our sister site My Green Lake for this story.

Garett Slettebak, Director of Marketing at Pro-Motion Events, Inc., asked us to alert the neighborhood that “things will be getting busy” this Saturday (Feb. 12, 2011) in Green Lake.

More than 3,000 registrants are expected at the Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Valentine’s Day Dash at Green Lake Park. The 5K run/walk will begin on the southwest side of the lake, near the Aqua Theater, at 9:30 a.m.

West Green Lake Way, near the Aqua Theater parking lot, will be completely closed from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

From 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., clockwise traffic will not be permitted in the lane closest to the park on all perimeter roads around Green Lake.

Aurora Ave N will remain open, as will the outer lane of counter-clockwise traffic around the lake.

You can read more about the event and find registration details here. Photos from last year’s Valentine’s Day Dash are available here.

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Car accidents snarl traffic at 5th Ave NE & NE 50th

June 8th, 2010 by master

Update: The Seattle Police Department posted this on their website today:

On June 8th at approximately 6:20 PM, a 1994 Mazda was travelling southbound on 5th Avenue NE when it went through the intersection at NE 50th Street, drove partially up onto the curb and struck a parked, unoccupied Lexus. The 65 year old female driver and her 92 year old female front seat passenger were both transported to Harborview Medical Center by Seattle Fire Department Medics. The driver suffered an eye injury and the passenger has life-threatening injuries. Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Sqaud responded and began their investigation. The driver was investigated and released at the hospital after it was determined that she was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This remains an active and ongoing investigation.

Traffic was a mess after several accidents near the intersection of 5th Ave NE and NE 50th Street Tuesday evening. 5th Ave NE was closed for more than two hours.

The first accident happened just before 6:30 p.m. A witness whose car was hit tells MyWallingford that an elderly woman was driving and hit his new car, which was parked on the side of the road. He says that the woman and another elderly woman in the car were taken to the hospital complaining of bleeding from the head.

Two subsequent fender benders happened after the first accident. No word on injuries from these two collisions.

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