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Transportation Final 10-15-09
1. Safety
2. Preservation
3. Mobility
4. Environment
5. Stewardship
Current Conditions
6. Economic Recovery
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DataSource: Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) located at the WTSC; WSDOT Transportation Data Office. Fatalities recorded in FARS as of 8/28/2009.


Fatality rate is the number of traffic fatalities for a specified segment of public trafficway per 100 million vehicle miles of travel. FARS records information on over 100 differenct coded data elements that characterize the crash, the vehicle, and the people involved. The Washington FARS team consists of two analysts located at the WTSC. The number of vehicle miles traveled annually statewide and on the state highway system is formulated by the WSDOT Transporation Data Office.

 Action Plan

Expand/Collapse ForumDate2009-04-15 ‎(3)
Update Washington's Strategic Highway Safety PlanUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
WTSC, DOT, DOL, DOH, and WSP1/29/2010In Progress8/28/2009
Soliciting Request for Proposals from qualified state and local agencies to participate in traffic safety projectsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Implement Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping of fatalities and serious injury crashes to identify high crash locations and enhance program decision making.Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Expand/Collapse ForumDate2008-12-03 ‎(5)
Complete safety capital projects funded by the Nickel and Transportation Partnership Accounts.Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
WSDOT Regions6/30/2009In Progress6/30/2008
Low Cost, Short-term Projects: Implement low-cost, short-term projects to address risks contributing to collisions.Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
WSDOT Systems Analysis and Program DevelopmentIn Progress
Complete funded roadside safety improvements.Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
WSDOT RegionsIn Progress
Night-Time Seat Belt Enforcement Project: large-scale, night time seat belt enforcement patrols.Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
WTSC, WSP, and local law enforcement5/3/2010In Progress8/28/2009
X-52: sustained state and local law enforcement patrols targeting impaired and speeding drivers.Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
WTSC, WSP, and local law enforcement12/30/2010In Progress8/28/2009

 Extended Analysis

  • Traffic fatality rates in 2008 declined to their lowest ever for highways (state routes and interstates) and local roads (county, city, and other roads)--0.76 and 1.17 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, respectively.


  • While the traffic fatality rate on county, city, and other roads is higher than the rate on state routes and interstates, it has decreased at about the rate as that of state routes and interstates. From 1993 to 2008, the fatality rate decreased by 0.031 per year on county, city, and other roads and by .027 per year on state routes and interstates.


  • Washington State seeks to achieve zero traffic deaths by the year 2030 through its Strategic Highway Safety Plan, Target Zero.  Numerous enforcement, education, and engineering programs and projects are focused on reducing the fatality toll from impaired driving, speeding, and not wearing seat belts (See items under Action Plan).