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Transportation Final 01-15-11 -   1.1 - Fatalities On All Washington Roads

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Transportation Final 01-15-11
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Action Plan

1.1- Fatalities On All Washington Roads
Are traffic fatalities and serious injuries decreasing?

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Fatalities: Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) located at the WTSC. Fatalities recorded in FARS as of 11/22/2010.

Serious Injuries: WSDOT DataMart.





*Fatalities in 2009 are preliminary and subject to change as more information becomes available.

A traffic fatality in FARS is someone who dies within 30 days of a crash as a result of injuries sustained in that crash, which must involve at least one motor vehicle on a trafficway customarily open to the public. FARS records information on over 100 different coded data elements that characterize the crash, the vehicle, and the people involved. The Washington State FARS team consists of two analysts located at the WTSC.

Extended Analysis: Yes
Action Plan: Yes

 Drill Down Measures

 Summary Analysis

  • Washington's 2009 traffic fatality rate on all roads was 0.87 fatalities per 100 million vehicle-miles traveled, the lowest ever in our state.  This was a decline of 7.4% from the 2008 rate of 0.94 fatalities per 100 million vehicle-miles traveled.  All-road fatalities for 2009 stand at 492 (as of November 22, 2010)--compared to 521 for 2008, and 571 for 2007.  As of 10/22/2010, all-road fatalities for 2010 stood at 379 -- versus 422 fatalities for 2009 on the equivalent date (43 fewer), a decrease of 10.2%.
  • Travel: Travel mileage data for 2009 indicate that statewide vehicle-miles traveled increased by about 1.8% over  VMT for 2008.  Thus, Washington's all-road fatality rate in 2009 was 0.87 per 100 million VMT.
  • Enforcement: The top-three enforcement priorities of Washington's state and local law enforcement community remain impaired driving, speeding, and occupant protection.  Speeding driver-involved fatalities continued a downward trend, dropping by 1.9% (from 213 in 2008 to 209 in 2009).  However, impaired driver-involved fatalities increased by 3.9% (from 255 in 2008 to 265 in 2009), and unrestrained passenger vehicle occupant fatalities increased by 2.3%, from 128 in 2008 to 131 in 2009 (data as of 11/22/2010).
  • Highway Safety Projects: Centerline rumble strips and cable median barriers reduced high severity crossover collisions. In locations where centerline rumble strips were installed from 2002 to 2008, WSDOT reports a 57% decrease in the rates of serious injury and fatal crossover collisions. Cable median barrier, installed through 2008, reduced the number of fatal and serious injury collisions by 48%.