Slow Down or Pay Up – Speeding Enforcement Patrols Begin July 15

How much do you know about the dangers of speeding?  Take this short quiz below.

TRUE OR FALSE: About 20% of all traffic fatalities in Washington involve speeding drivers. FALSE. More than 40% involve a speeder. (Source: Target Zero: Washington State’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan 2010)

TRUE OR FALSE:  A speeding ticket can cost as much as $411.  TRUE. The average speeding ticket in Washington is $156, but as your speed increases, so does the fine. In fact, a speeding ticket in Washington could easily cost more than $411.
(Source: WTSC based on the AOC Bail Schedule)

TRUE OR FALSE: Most of Washington’s traffic deaths occur on freeways. FALSE. Most of Washington’s fatal and serious-injury crashes occur on rural roads, which are often unlighted and undivided. (Source: Target Zero: Washington State’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan 2010)

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission and the Grays Harbor County Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force urges all Washingtonians to take this speeding quiz.  Visit for these and many more brain teasers. Results will be tabulated on the accuracy of Washington drivers’ answers and available in August.

“Speeding is a major contributing factor in fatal and serious injury crashes in Washington, and therefore, is a priority of Target Zero,” said Lowell Porter, Director of the Traffic Safety Commission.  “Well publicized and highly visible speed enforcement is a proven combination that reduces fatal crashes. Obeying speed limits is something everyone can do to support highway safety in Washington.”

For additional information about the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, visit