March 3, 2010 in City

Fewest fatalities on Washington roads since 1955

Associated Press

OLYMPIA — The Washington Traffic Safety Commission says there were 490 highway fatalities in 2009 in Washington. That’s 31 fewer than the year before and the fewest in 54 years.

In a report Wednesday the commission notes deaths dropped even as road travel increased five-fold since 1955 when 461 people lost their lives.

Commission Director Lowell Porter says the decline is the result of a combination of public safety education, improved roadway engineering, emergency medical services and strong enforcement of traffic laws.

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