The 2016 update includes new chapters:
The Priority Table groups the priorities into emphasis areas based on similar factors and characteristics. Its organization is reflected in the order of the chapters in this version.
Run-off-the-road crash data has been combined with opposite direction crash data to create a new lane departure priority area.
Both the impairment and distraction involved priority areas now include pedestrians and bicyclists, in addition to the original drivers and motorcyclists.
The older driver age threshold has been lowered from 75 to 70 years old, because data shows that risk factors for older drivers have a statistically significant break point at age 70.
New Legislation with Traffic Safety Implications, 2012 to 2014
12-Hour impound hold. Mandates a 12-hour impound hold on motor vehicles used by persons arrested for DUI.
24/7 sobriety programs. Establishes a statewide 24/7 Sobriety Program Pilot Program, an alternative to incarceration for repeat impaired driving offenders. This program ensures that participants are monitored and tested for drug and alcohol use so that they remain sober and are following court-directed activity.
Conditions of pre-trial release. Repeat DUI arrestees in Washington are now required to be held until they see a judge. As a condition of pre-trial release, the judge must require the repeat DUI arrestees to only drive a vehicle with ignition interlock device installed, attend a 24/7 sobriety program, or both.
Marijuana. Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana through a 2012 initiative process. The initiative set a 5 ng of THC per se limit. The first recreational marijuana stores in the state opened in the summer of 2014. While it is too soon to tell if this new legislation will affect traffic deaths and serious injuries, a preliminary report by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission showed an initial increase in the number of drivers involved in deadly traffic crashes with THC in their blood.1
Open Container Marijuana Law. It is illegal for drivers or passengers to keep or consume marijuana in a motor vehicle when the vehicle is upon a highway, unless the marijuana is in an unopened, sealed container, or in a spot not immediately accessible by passengers or drivers.
Automated school bus safety cameras. Authorizes school districts to install automated safety cameras on school buses to detect vehicles that fail to stop for a bus. All revenue collected is used for school zone safety projects.