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The Mountlake Terrace Police Department participated in a Target Zero video to encourage drivers to slow down. During the COVID-19 Stay at Home order, many highways have had a lot less traffic than usual. As a result, some drivers have been stopped for going way above the speed limit. The Target Zero Team emphasis is the production of a video to educate the public about the hazards of speeding.
According to the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission, one in every three fatal crashes between 2015 and 2017 involved speeding as a contributing factor. There were 485 fatalities and 1,579 serious injuries involving speed.
From 2015– 2017, 64% of speeding drivers involved in fatal crashes were exceeding reasonable safe speed – traveling too fast for conditions. Aggressive driving of vehicles that are traveling at vastly different speeds from the traffic around them can create safety issues. In 2012, the Insurance Institute on Highway Safety (IIHS) reported that aggressive driving behaviors were involved in 51.9% of fatal crashes. Speeding is the most common aggressive behavior.
Target Zero is the Washington Traffic Safety Commission’s plan to reduce the number of vehicular deaths and serious injuries to zero by 2030. There are four main traffic focuses. Each region of the State has a Target Zero Manager who coordinates the local traffic safety programs, which are all grant funded. It is a coalition of law enforcement and dispatch agencies that follow the plan of education, engineering and enforcement to reduce critical crashes.
Mountlake Terrace has been on the Target Zero board for 20 years. Sergeant Scott King coordinates a Target Zero team that conducts grant funded, educational outreach and emphasis patrols. To view the video visit https://youtu.be/75K7mGjFlCc.
“With reduced traffic congestion on local roads and highways since the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, dangerous driving has increased resulting in the loss of 7 lives in Snohomish County,” said Commander Mike Haynes. “The Washington Traffic Safety Commission Target Zero Team in Snohomish County and the Mountlake Terrace Police Department would like to remind motorists to drive safely and obey speed limits. Lives depend on it.”
For more information about Target Zero, please contact the Mountlake Terrace Police Department at (425) 670-8260.