Tomorrow and Friday, October 4 and 5, the Seattle Police Department (SPD) will be in the University District working to improve the safety of everyone using our roads. SPD has partnered with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and community groups on the “Be Super Safe” effort – a project aimed to eliminate serious injuries and fatalities on Seattle roads. Enforcing traffic safety laws in areas with high numbers of crashes is part of the effort’s multifaceted approach to improve safety.
The 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.
In Seattle statistics show us:
- 33 percent of all collisions involve speeding. For example, if you hit a person going 40 MPH, that person has an 85 percent chance of being killed. By going just 10 MPH slower, that person is 65 percent more likely to survive 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 percent preventable. Help us get the word out and visit www.seattle.gov/BeSuperSafe for more information. Remember, no matter how you go, BE SUPER SAFE SEATTLE!
Contact: Jim Curtin, Sr Transportation Planner, 684-8874