Impaired driving is the leading factor in traffic deaths in Washington. Last year, impaired drivers contributed to the deaths of more than half of the 491 people who died on Washington’s roadways. The 264 impaired driver-involved deaths in 2009 represent a decrease of nine fatalities compared to the previous five-year average of 273.
How many people in Washington died in collisions involving an alcohol or drug impaired driver?
“Impaired driving continues to be the number one factor contributing to traffic deaths both nationally and in Washington, and is therefore the top priority for traffic safety professionals across the country. Every life lost at the hands of an impaired driver is preventable which makes each tragic death even more painful to the families and friends who suffer the loss of a loved one,” said Lowell Porter, Director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
Although this emphasis patrol is occurring during the summer, law enforcement statewide conducts extra DUI enforcement throughout the year. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission funds grants for the extra patrols called X52, which is a part of Washington’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan, also known as Target Zero. The goal of Target Zero is to eliminate all traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030.
For additional information about the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, visit www.wtsc.wa.gov