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'Don't Drip & Drive' this summer

Stephanie Leeper, sustainable community stewards coordinator with the Washington State University Extension Program, checks a car for oil leaks at the Arlington Street Fair July 12. - Kirk Boxleitner
Stephanie Leeper, sustainable community stewards coordinator with the Washington State University Extension Program, checks a car for oil leaks at the Arlington Street Fair July 12.
— image credit: Kirk Boxleitner

Visitors to the Arlington Street Fair who pulled into the city's parking lot July 12 were asked if they wanted their cars checked for oil leaks, but Snohomish County motorists will have other chances throughout the summer to make sure they "Don't Drip & Drive."

Stephanie Leeper, sustainable community stewards coordinator with the Washington State University Extension Program, was among those setting out white tarps under cars that Saturday. She explained that the "Don't Drip & Drive" campaign is a multi-agency nonprofit effort involving the state Department of Ecology and extending into several counties throughout Puget Sound.

"If it looks like they might have a leak, we offer them incentives to get that checked out further," said Leeper, who listed such incentives as a free inspection with one's regular mechanic and a discount of 10 percent, or up to $50, to get the oil leak fixed.

"Don't Drip & Drive" aims to check approximately 3,600 cars for oil leaks this summer. Its inspectors will be available at the Everett Aquasox game on Sunday, July 27, and at Twin Rivers Park in Arlington on Saturday, Aug. 2.

For more information, log onto www.fixcarleaks.org.

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