Monthly Archives: September 2009

Don’t Be a Statistic This Weekend

The National Safety Council estimates that 404 people will die and 21,400 will injured in traffic crashes during the Labor Day weekend. Many of the wrecks will be alcohol-related.

Enforcement teams will be out cracking down on drunk drivers, but people can protect themselves by wearing their seat belt. That’s the most effective way you can protect yourself from injuries in a crash, they say.

They say it in a strange way, however. “Studies show seat belts are 45 percent effective in saving lives,” a press release reads. So, do they not save lives the other 65 percent of the time?

I think what they mean is that 45 percent of the time a seat belt can save your life when you would have died without it.

They say seat belt use during Labor Day weeekned is expected to save 357 lives, and that 93 more could be spared if everybody buckled up.

So buckle up, don’t drink and drive, and watch out for the other guy, three cliches to LIVE by.

Ferry Fare Increase Screw-up

I blew it. I thought I was told, and have believed all along, that the proposed 10 percent super summer surcharge would affect the same people as the peak-season surcharge. That would be anybody driving a vehicle who doesn’t have a frequent-user pass.

I was wrong. It will also apply to passengers without passes, which I am shocked to hear. That’s plowing some new ground.

If the 2.5 percent across-the-board increase passes, passenger ticket prices for Bremerton, Bainbridge and Kingston routes will go from $6.70 per round trip to $6.90 in October. The super summer surcharge, which would be in place from July 1 through the day after Labor Day, would bump the cost next summer to $7.60.