Reardon Watch: Attracting Aaron's Gaze

Don't drink and drive. Reardon is watching and we wouldn't want to disappoint. (Flickr)
This time our watching of Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon isn't going unrequited. During the holiday season he'll be keeping an eye on us--at least our driving.

With champagne and egg nog flowing, Reardon announced this week that Snohomish County received a $70,000 grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission to pay for overtime to keep more cops on the road watching for drunk drivers starting tomorrow.

"The purpose of this grant is to remove drinking drivers from our roads," Reardon declares, adding that speeding and other traffic violations will be higher priority for cops through the holidays.

It's all part of Snohomish County's "Drive Hammered, Get Nailed" campaign. And who wouldn't feel a little safer--knowing that Reardon's deep dark eyes--filled with equal parts compassion and strength--are keeping their gaze trained on you and those who would do you harm behind the wheel.

Reardon spokesperson Christopher Schwarzen says the grant came through thanks to an initiative by Governor Christine Gregoire to end traffic fatalities by 2030. Between 2004 and 2008, 100 people lost their lives to a fatal mix of alcohol and high speeds in Snohomish County.

Getting that number to zero might seem an overly idealistic goal. But according to the Commission, highway fatalities are at their lowest since 1995.

The only possible hitch to Reardon improving our driving by keeping us in his dreamy gaze is the motto: "Drive Hammered, Get Nailed." Is that a threat... or a promise? Rowr!

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