Traffic Safety Information
Spokane County had 24 pedestrian fatalities and 123 pedestrian serious injuries from 2010 through 2014. Because of this significant pedestrian safety issue the Spokane County Target Zero Task Force received pedestrian safety federal funding to implement Pedestrian Safety Zones from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC). The primary goal of the project is to reduce pedestrian fatalities and serious injury crashes in Spokane by conducting a data-driven education and enforcement campaign focusing in the high pedestrian activity areas.
Spokane’s crash data shows the following:
Most pedestrian fatal and serious injury crashes occur:
· During clear weather (70.6%).
· From the hours of 3pm and 9pm (45.9%).
· With pedestrians in the roadway (41.2%).
The primary pedestrian contributing factors were:
· Failure to yield (27.1%).
· Impairment (21.2%).
· Distraction (12.9%).
The primary driver contributing factors were:
· Failure to yield (38.8%)
· Distraction (16.5%)
· Impairment (5.9%)
Pedestrians need to walk on the sidewalks. Cross only at marked crosswalks or intersections. Stop at the curb look left, right, and left again. Make eye contact with the drivers and wear bright colors or reflective clothing if walking at night.
Drivers need to stop or yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections. Always look out for pedestrians especially before turning at a green light or making a right turn on red. Be extra careful when passing a stopped vehicle, they may be stopping for a pedestrian. Remember every intersection is a legal crosswalk whether it is marked or not.
Local law enforcement will begin extra emphasis patrols in April focusing on both drivers and pedestrians in high collision areas. Our streets are busy with cars, buses, bicyclists and pedestrians. We can all work together to make our community safer by remembering to share our roadways!
"Keep our streets safe this St. Patrick's Day! Don't drive impaired."
Spokane County, WA - As one of our country's most popular holidays, St. Patrick's Day has long celebrated the roots of 34.2 million Americans with Irish ancestry. In 2014, there were 18 people killed in drunk-driving crashes on St. Paddy's Day in the United States. This year, if you'll be drinking alcohol or using marijuana, local law enforcement have some advice for you: Don't drive impaired. The Target Zero troopers, deputies and officers in Spokane County will be patrolling in a campaign to crack down on impaired drivers and keep our streets safe. (Read entire media release...)
Local Speed Emphasis Patrols
Pend Oreille and Spokane Counties, WA - The Spokane Police Department, Spokane County Sheriff's Office, EWU Police Department, Airway Heights Police Department, Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office, and the Washington State Patrol will be participating in extra emphasis patrols focusing on speeding drivers. Speeding is defined as exceeding the posted speed limit, driving too fast for conditions, or racing. (Read entire media release...)
High School Districted Driving Grant Information print/view
High School Teen Drinking, Marijuana Use & Impaired Driving Grant Information print/view
Map of Washington Traffic Safety Commission Task Forces
Karen Wigen, Manager
Spokane County Target Zero Task Force
1026 W. Broadway Ave | Spokane, WA 99260
509/477-2342 | firstname.lastname@example.org