1. Eliminating traffic-related injuries and fatalities
Outlook: Partly cloudy, future uncertain
While there has been a decline in traffic-related fatalities, the number of serious injuries has increased. The number of non-motorist fatalities and injuries has also increased.
Washington's 2013 Strategic Highway Safety Plan — known as Target Zero — has a goal of zero deaths and serious injuries from traffic-related accidents by 2030 because there is no level of injury or fatality that is acceptable.
What are we measuring?
Fatality rate (fatalities per vehicle mile traveled)
Serious injury rate (serious injuries per vehicle mile traveled)
Non-motorist fatalities and serious injuries
Target Zero is a Washington State high-level strategic plan which:
Sets state-wide priorities for all traffic safety partners
Provides a resource for potential strategies to address each of the priority areas
Monitors outcomes at a statewide level for each of the priority areas
The plan identifies strategies which focus on:
Education: Give drivers the information to make the best choices.
Enforcement: Use driver behavior data to help law-enforcement officers pinpoint locations with a high number of serious collisions.
Engineering: Use best practices to prevent or reduce the severity of collisions.
Emergency Medical Services: Provide high-quality and rapid emergency and medical response to injury collisions
Leadership/Policy: Strategies that involve laws, agency rules or policy changes.
In Thurston County, the reduction in fatalities has been related to some of the following factors (not necessarily exclusive):
Under United States Code Title 23 Section 409, this data cannot be used in discovery or evidence at trial in any action for damages against Thurston Regional Planning Council, or the jurisdictions involved in the data.