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Staying Safe and Responsible During Labor Day Weekend and Rod Run

Labor Day weekend is just around the corner, which many people celebrate with backyard barbeques, family excursions, and other activities. These are some of the busiest driving days of the year, and with numerous motorists on the road, accidents resulting in injury or death also increase.

Additionally, one of the biggest events of the year is coming up again: Rod Run to the End of the World. This two-day show will be held on September 7 and 8, 2019 and features hundreds of classic cars. With food, prizes and an auto swap meet, huge crowds are once again expected.

Because of the high participation and travel rates, both the Rod Run and Labor Day are sure to attract a considerable police presence. Revelers are encouraged to stay safe during these weekends. 

A few things individuals can do to avoid a run-in with law enforcement include:

  • The beach is a State highway and all the rules of the road apply.  This means:
    • Refrain from doing donuts, cutting cookies, or otherwise "fling sand" frim your tires:  Not only might you roll a car and injure yourself or others you could be charged with a crime like negligent driving for carrying out this maneuver.
    • Obey the speed limit and only drive on the hard pack sand.  Beach driving is scenic, but the speed limit is 25 mph and you can only drive on the hard pack sand AWAY from the water.  Again not only is speeding and driving through the surf illegal it's dangerous.
  • No burnouts:  Spinning your tires has been common in years past, but it too could be trouble. Despite encouragement from crowds or folks throwing bleach and water on the road, choose to be safe instead and keep the event fun and avoid the hassle of having to explain to law enforcement why you sent piles of smoke into the air.
  • Ensuring your vehicle’s equipment works so everyone sees you:  Many people will be out and about after the sun goes down so make sure to walk around your car to make sure your--
    • Taillights work?: Most cars are required to have at least two tail lamps so other drivers can see them.
    • And your exhaust and/or muffler isn't modifed and too loud: Under Washington law, drivers can’t change their exhaust system in a way that would create increased noise.  Revving your engine or artificially making it louder will likely get you a meeting with law enforcement.
  • Don't drink and drive: It seems pretty obvious to say but don't drink and drive. Call a cab, get an uber, call a friend, or simply choose to walk.  Don't put others at risk or yourself, it's not worth the consequences. Remember the odor or admission of drinking alone is enough for the emphasis patrols going on through these 2 weekends to get you arrested.  So be smart, be safe, and make the right choice.

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