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Our gas prices drop 2nd-most in the nation

Since hitting a high in April of 2014, gas prices in Washington have fallen 44 cents per gallon – a decline that ranks second only to Oregon among U.S. states. The information was put together as part of a broader study by AAA on the price of gas across the United States, which shows that Washington and Oregon are at the forefront of a nationwide decrease in the price of gasoline. The average price of gas in the United States … Continue reading

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Be prepared to “take winter by storm”

Although jack-o-lanterns and spider webs still grace our porches, we know winter is coming soon. The new season means lots of fun: the holidays, skiing, snowboarding, cozy nights by the fire. But winter also means short days, long nights and plenty of bad weather. So be prepared, and be safe, especially when it comes to driving. Now is the time to make sure your car is in good condition for the rainy, snowy, windy months ahead. Get it tuned up … Continue reading

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Texting While Driving: A Problem for All Ages

Although teenagers are the most common target for anti-texting and driving PSAs, an analysis of infractions in Washington state shows the problem is hardly confined to the youngest age bracket. The Washington State Patrol reviewed the 2,261 traffic stops where officers issued tickets or warnings for texting while driving and found that more than half of violators were over the age of 30. The youngest stop was 16, while the oldest was an 81-year-old. Perhaps more troubling is the fact … Continue reading

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Oil throwing Washington agriculture off the tracks

House Democrats spent a significant amount of time last session analyzing the safety risks posed by oil train traffic and developing policy solutions to address the issue. While the problems remain very real, a new issue has come up regarding oil-by-rail: its effect on agriculture. Cold Train Express, one of the major movers of Washington state agricultural products based out of the Port of Quincy, has announced that they will no longer be shipping fruits, vegetables and other foodstuffs to … Continue reading

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It can wait

Texting while driving is dangerous. In fact, whatever you do in the car other than driving takes away from what’s happening on the road, and it can have devastating consequences. In 2011 390,000 people in the U.S. were killed or injured in an accident caused by distracted driving. So what can we do to make the roads safer? One big way is to limit phone distraction in the car. Lawmakers and law enforcement recognize this and, all but two states, … Continue reading

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