The Target Zero plan represents a bold vision: zero deaths and serious injuries on Washington’s roadways by 2030.
The 2019 Target Zero Plan is the fifth version of this safety road map and it is more important now than ever. Data from the most recent three years (2015–2017) show that Washington’s traffic fatality and serious injury trend is going in the wrong direction. Compared with prior three-year period (2012–2014), traffic fatalities have increased 23%, and serious injuries 7%. This mirrors a national increase of 11.3% in traffic fatalities.
In recognition of these increases, this edition of Target Zero is strongly action-focused. Each chapter in the High Risk, Crash Type, and Road Users categories contains descriptions of three to four key actions that a state or local jurisdiction can take to influence traffic safety. Additional actions (also known as strategies or countermeasures) can be found at the end of these chapters, as well as several other chapters in this plan.