Report: Collisions decrease on state roads

September 25, 2012

By Staff

Fewer vehicle collisions occurred on Washington roads last year than at any other time during the past decade, safety and transportation officials announced Sept. 21.

Statewide, 98,881 collisions occurred in 2011, down from 113,908 in 2001 and down significantly from the most recent peak of 123,000 collisions in 2005.

Officials attributed the decline to changes in motorists’ behavior, increased safety efforts and safety features.

“Drivers get the lion’s share of credit for this improvement,” Washington Traffic Safety Commission Director Darrin Grondel said in a statement. “Seatbelts and airbags can reduce fatalities, but a reduction in collisions means there has been a marked improvement in driver behavior.”

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