LocalEnd-of-summer DUI patrols added throughout King County
NEW — Noon Aug. 22, 2014
King County law enforcement is putting extra officers on the road through Sept. 1 for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
The annual effort aims to keep roads safe during the last few weeks of summer from people driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
“Specifically, we want people to know that marijuana doubles the risk of a fatal crash,” Darrin Grondel, Washington Traffic Safety Commission director, said in a news release. “With new retail marijuana stores in the mix, we want to remind the public that prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as illegal and recreational drugs, can impair driving ability.”
SportsLake Sammamish Triathlon takes place Aug. 23
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 21, 2014
The Lake Sammamish Triathlon returns to Lake Sammamish State Park on Aug. 23.
The event begins at 7 a.m. and includes a quarter-mile swim, a 14.7-mile bike ride and a 3.2-mile run, mostly over trails.
Participation fees range from $45 to $100, depending on the division being entered. They increase after online registration closes, at 12:10 a.m. Aug. 22.
SchoolsFailing-school letters to go out
School districts include retort
Because most Washington school districts don’t have 100 percent of their students passing state math and reading tests, the federal No Child Left Behind law says the districts must send letters to families explaining why.
But the districts don’t have to like it, and 28 school superintendents have jointly written a second letter they will send along with the first, explaining why they think their schools are doing much better than the No Child letters make it seem.
“Some of our state’s and districts’ most successful and highly recognized schools are now being labeled ‘failing’ by an antiquated law that most educators and elected officials — as well as the U.S. Department of Education — acknowledge isn’t working,” the cover letter states.