State Officials Alarmed About Drivers Being Killed on WA Roads
It's been a deadly year so far on Washington roads. As a result the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and Washington State Patrol are sounding the alarm about the state’s worsening traffic safety crisis.
THE DEADLY CRASHES ARE ADDING UP TO A LOT OF LIVES LOST
Officials say 750 died in fatal collisions on Washington roads in 2022. As of July 2023, Washington has experienced more traffic deaths compared to the same time last year. The initial data from the commission shows there were 417 fatalities through July 31 compared to 413 at the same point in 2022. Last year was the deadliest year on Washington roads since 1990.
MORE PEOPLE ARE DYING IN THE SAME CRASH
While more total lives have been lost, there have been fewer deadly crash incidents so far in 2023 compared to 2022. This means deadly crashes are resulting in more deaths per crash. “We have seen more multi-fatality crashes in 2023, which is making this a historically deadly year,” says Shelly Baldwin, WTSC Director. “We are announcing these very preliminary figures because we need everyone’s help right now. Driving sober, driving focused, respecting speed limits, and buckling up are the four best ways to save a life."
IF YOU'RE DRIVING THIS WEEKEND WATCH YOUR SPEED SAY TROOPERS
The WSP and WTSC are nearing the end of a summer long campaign educating the public about the 90 Dangerous Days of summer. Troopers say during the past five years, the summer months have resulted in the deadliest 90-day stretch for drivers on Washington roadways. Troopers say if you are traveling this Labor Day weekend know that state and local law enforcement will be out and will be visible throughout the Labor Day weekend to "provide an extra reminder for everyone to be safe."