Last week, we ran a story about a scary statistic: an increased amount of traffic accident fatalities on Kitsap County roads in the past three months. The total for the year was 15.
On Sunday, a 47-year-old Bainbridge Island man was killed in a single-vehicle collision on Grand Avenue near Yeomalt Point Drive on Bainbridge Island. Police believe speed and alcohol were a factor.
Last year, many of you will remember accidents on North Kitsap’s Bond Road — or Highway 307 — resulted in numerous fatalities. This year, the roadway has had two — but the rest of the county has seen a spike in the past three months of 11 more fatalities.
The first seven months had 5 around the county. That sizable an increase has area law enforcement and the local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers worried.
The causes of the accidents are varied, but the two most common factors seem to be speed and alcohol. And since we’re entering the busy — and often drink-filled — holiday season, there is a sense there will be more drunks and speeders on the road this fall and winter.
What tips can anyone offer to help curb the deaths?