Washington traffic deaths reach historic low
August 25, 2012
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 25, 2012
The number of deaths on Washington roadways reached a historic low last year — 458.
The figures from last year show the lowest number of recorded traffic fatalities statewide since the 413 recorded in 1954, according to a state Department of Transportation report.
The agency said 97.5 percent of Washingtonians wore seat belts last year.
Officials also referenced the state plan to cut traffic fatalities.
Under a highway safety plan called Target Zero, the state aims to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Washington during the years ahead. Officials set a goal of zero traffic deaths by 2030.
Target Zero also includes public education, safety engineering to improve roadways and vehicles, timely response by emergency medical personnel, and strong enforcement of traffic safety laws.