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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Viaduct Hazard Demonstration A Success

We did it. We got out of our chairs, left our computer screens, and went out to the Alaskan Way Viaduct today to warn drivers about the dangers of passing Initiative 912.

Surprisingly, there were quite a few people there. I expected a smaller number of people to come, but we actually did better than I expected. We did organize this at the last minute, and it was our first time putting together a special event in this campaign.

The media decided to join us. There were at least half a dozen reporters there, representing both broadcast and print media in the greater Seattle area. We'll see how much coverage the media ultimately decide to give this. But however much we get, it was still fun to do this event.

It felt very refreshing to get out there and wave that "Safety First: NO on 912" sign to drivers entering the Alaskan Way Viaduct. I think everyone who came out to join me had a good time, too.

Here's pictures from the event. We had people on both sides of the roadway, so not everyone is in these pictures:

Viaduct Hazard Demonstration

Viaduct Hazard Demonstration

It is time for us to get out there and be visible. We cannot afford to cede ground to proponents of Initiative 912 any longer. It is time to change the debate and talk about the importance of public safety in Washington State.

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