State’s Traffic Deaths Fall Even Further

Washington’s roads are once again on par for a record. This morning, I spoke to Lowell Porter, director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, who told me that there were 483 traffic deaths in the state in 2009.

That’s still 483 too many, Porter points out. And the finding isn’t yet official. But the 2008 total — 522 — is still much higher. And that number is below the number of traffic deaths that occurred in the state in 1955.

Porter says that the state is meeting its expectations — 25 less traffic deaths per year — in an effort to get to “Target Zero,” or no fatalities, by 2030.

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