State patrol to monitor roads for ‘unsafe’ motorcyclists

Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers in Island County will be on the lookout for motorcycle violations next weekend for what the agency is calling a “three-day activity emphasis.”

From Friday, July 28 to Sunday, July 30, WSP will employ extra troopers on the road and an aviation unit in the sky to look for “unsafe, speeding aggressive and impaired motorcyclists.” The additional troopers will also patrol Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom Counties.

The effort is a response to an increase in motorcycle-related fatality and serious injury collisions this year, according to a WSP press release. The listed counties have seen 31 serious injury or fatal collisions so far this year. The national average of such wrecks have increased by 8.3 percent, according to WSP.

WSP says its overall goal is to cut such motorcycle-related incidents to zero by 2030.