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Transportation Final 10-15-11 -   1.1 - Fatalities On All Washington Roads

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Transportation Final 10-15-11
1. Safety
2. Preservation
3. Mobility
4. Ferries
5. Stewardship
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 9/27/2011.

Serious Injuries: WSDOT DataMart.





*Fatalities in 2010 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 2010 traffic fatality rate on all roads was 0.80 fatalities per 100 million vehicle-miles traveled (VMT), the lowest ever in our state.  This was a decline of 8.0% from the 2009 rate of 0.87 fatalities per 100 million vehicle-miles traveled.  The 460 all-road fatalities for 2010 -- compared to 521 for 2008, 571 for 2007, and 492 for 2009 -- represented the lowest fatality total since 413 people were killed on Washington roadways in 1954.  Early FARS data suggests all-road fatalities may increase slightly in 2011. As of 9/30/2011, FARS reports 330 fatalities for 2011 compared to 314 fatalities for 2010 on 9/30/2010.
  • Travel: WSDOT travel mileage data for 2010 indicate that statewide vehicle-miles traveled increased by about 1.3% over  VMT for 2009. Since fatalities decreased by a greater percent than VMT in 2010, Washington's all-road fatality rate in 2010 declined to 0.80 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 through 2010, dropping by 16.7% in 2010 to 175 (from 210 in 2009). Likewise, in 2010 impaired-driver-involved fatalities decreased by 10.6%, to 237 (from 265 in 2009), and unrestrained passenger vehicle occupant fatalities decreased by 29.2%, from 144 in 2009 to 102 in 2010 (data as of 9/27/2011). 
  • 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%.