From 2005 to 2016, 233 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in Thurston County. Transportation safety data allow our partners to identify their highest priorities and most effective strategies at increasing safety.
What are some of our major concerns?
Washington State developed a Strategic Highway Safety Plan in 2016 called “Target Zero.” The goal of the plan is zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries on our roads and highways. The Target Zero Plan identifies priority areas based on factors contributing to the number of fatalities or serious injuries.
In Thurston County, the most common factors contributing to traffic-related fatalities or serious injuries are:
** Data currently unavailable for this measure.
†Run off the road, intersection-related, opposite direction multi-vehicle, and road types are defined by WSDOT and derived from the statewide collision database.
WA State Crash Data Portal Summary reports and online maps of major and minor traffic crashes
(WA State Department of Transportation)
Federal Safety Performance Measures
In 2012, the federal government passed a transportation act called Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). The Act created a performance measure framework to measure states’ progress on meeting specific goals related to transportation, including safety goals. TRPC’s function as a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) requires us to work with the State to develop and adopt performance measures.
The five performance measures for transportation safety are:
Number of fatalities on all public roads
Number of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) on all public roads
Number of serious injuries on all public roads
Number of serious injuries per 100 million VMT on all public roads
Number of non-motorist fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads (e.g., bicyclists and pedestrians)
The State has adopted a goal that by 2030 there will be zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries. The Sustainable Thurston Report Card monitors our region’s progress towards meeting these goals.
What is TRPC Doing?
In 2018, the Council adopted safety targets and integrated them into the Regional Transportation Plan.
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.