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City of Seattle
Mike McGinn (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: Mayor updates public on pre-paid parking program, announces road safety emphasis patrols

3/13/2013  10:30:00 AM

Mayor updates public on pre-paid parking program, announces road safety emphasis patrols
Program supports Seattle nightlife and road safety

SEATTLE - Today Mayor Mike McGinn, the Seattle Police Department and the Seattle Department of Transportation updated the public on the mayor's pre-paid parking program and road safety emphasis patrol efforts in advance of St. Patrick's Day celebrations this weekend.

"When it comes to our road safety efforts, we are taking an 'all-of-the-above' approach," said McGinn. "That's why we are making it easier to park your car on our streets overnight to reduce the likelihood of impaired driving and that's why we are stepping up our enforcement with targeted emphasis patrols. I thank our Seattle Police Department, Transportation Department, all of our Road Safety Action Plan partners, and those participating in the Seattle Nightlife Initiative for helping everyone get to where they are going safely."

Since its launch in April 2011, people have used this service over 45,000 times. Usage has continued to climb, from about 600 instances of use in the first month to an average of over 2500 pre-paid parking stickers issued every month in 2012. The Belltown North and Belltown South neighborhoods have seen the highest use throughout the city.

"This is a common sense effort using our existing parking meter technology to help discourage impaired driving and give people more options," said SDOT Director Peter Hahn. "We're pleased that it has proven so popular."

The Seattle Police Department, in conjunction with law enforcement agencies across the state, will conduct road safety DUI emphasis patrols in anticipation of Seattle's St. Patrick's Day celebrations starting Friday, March 14 through the early morning hours on Monday, March 18 in areas that are popular for nightlife. These types of road safety emphasis patrols are called for in the Road Safety Action Plan as one way to support safety on Seattle's streets. SDOT will also be activating their Dynamic Message Signs with an "Extra DUI Patrols on Now" message.

"Road safety is supported by education, engineering, and enforcement," said Police Chief John Diaz. "We thank all of our road safety partners for their support as our officers do everything we can to make sure that people using our streets get home safely."

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