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Archive for August, 2012

Riders invited to Washington State Ferries’ Mariners weekend

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Take a boat to Safeco Field. Well, of course. That’s how we in Kitsap always get to Mariners games. But the weekend of Aug. 17-19, you can do it at a cut rate, sit with your ferry pals and even get a cool T-shirt.

Seattle is playing the Twins in the weekend series. Friday’s game starts at 7:10, Saturday’s at 6:10 (so you won’t have to leave early to catch the 10:30 boat) and Sunday’s at 1:10.

On Friday, not only will you get a Mariners fleece blanket if you’re one off the first 15,000 fans, you get a “I’m on a Boat to Safeco Field” T-shirt. On Sunday, all kids 14 and under will receive a Felix Hernandez T-shirt. It’d be neat if he wound up pitching that day.

Tickets are $15 for View Reserved, $40 for Field Level and $40 for Terrace Club Outfield on Friday; $11 for View Reserved, $30 for Field Level and $40 for Terrace Club Outfield on Saturday and Sunday. They have to be ordered online at mariners.com/WSF. The password is Ferry.


Red-light cameras saving lives

Monday, August 6th, 2012

I saw this press release this morning and thought, the Bremerton red-light camera haters are gonna love this.

Turns out, it’s National Stop on Red Week. I wouldn’t think you’d need such a week, but I guess I give people too much credit. It should be a no-brainer except there are people out there with no brains trying to drive.

So the not-for-profit Traffic Safety Coalition is joining with the Federal Highway Administration this week to educate people to stop on red. Washington is one of four states where the TSC is launching campaigns on “the important role traffic safety cameras play in reducing red light running, avoidable crashes, injuries and death.”

Traffic safety cameras have proven to reduce violations, collisions, injuries and fatalities by changing driver behavior, it says.

A 2011 report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety examined intersection fatal crash rates from red light running in the 14 largest U.S. cities using intersection cameras. The study compared before and after rates, concluding 159 lives were saved because of safety cameras.