Washington Traffic Fatalities Lowest Since 1955Posted on Oct 01, 2009
The drop is attributed to use of seat belts. Since 2000 the number of traffic fatalities caused by failure to wear a seat belt has dropped by over 33%. The percentage of drivers in Washington who wear their seat belt is 96.5%, third highest in the nation behind Michigan and Hawaii.
The number of car accidents is also dropping. In 1990 the number of traffic deaths or serious injury accidents was 2,500. In 2008 that number has dropped to just over 1,000 according to the Washington State Patrol.