Decrease number of speed related fatalities
Data Source: Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) from the WA Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC).
Speeding is the second-most common behavioral factor contributing to fatal collisions. From 2011-2013, speeding was involved in nearly 40% of fatalities.
High visibility enforcement campaigns, such as "Slow Down or Pay Up," are effective in changing and maintaining safe driving behavior. These emphasis patrols are conducted in areas identified as having a high number of speed related collisions.
Speeding involved fatalities 2011-2013 declined 15% compared to 2008-2010. Although the decline is very promising, much work remains to be done. We are continuing with high visibility enforcement campaigns, automated speed enforcement, education, and engineering calming techniques to reduce speeds and speed related crashes.
Fact for Speeding Involved Fatalities:
- Speeding is the second-most common behavioral factor contributing to fatal collisions.
- Speeding was involved in nearly 40% of fatalities 2009-2011.
- The risk of death and injury increases substantially as collision speed increases.
- From 2009-2011, speeding-involved fatalities and serious injuries declined slightly faster than overall statewide fatalities.