This week on 9/11 and 9/12 the Seattle Police Department (SPD) will be in Capitol Hill working to improve the safety of everyone using our roads. SPD has partnered with other City departments and community groups on the Be Super Safe effort – a project to eliminate serious injuries and fatalities on our roads. Focusing on enforcing traffic safety laws in areas with high numbers of crashes is one way to do that.
Police will be looking for people speeding, people traveling distracted, and people not following the rules of the road. This applies to you no matter which form of transportation you’re using.
- 33% of collisions involve speeding. If you hit a person going 40 mph, they have an 85% chance of being killed. By going just 10 MPH slower, they have a 65% of surviving that crash.
- Distraction is a growing problem on our streets, despite new laws making texting or holding a phone to your ear an infraction. Over 1000 distraction-involved collisions occur every year.
- Almost half of all fatal collisions involve impairment.
All of these collisions are 100% preventable. Help us get the word out and visit www.seattle.gov/BeSuperSafe for more information about how you can make Seattle’s streets safer for everyone.
Contact: Peg Nielsen, 206.684.8114