Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Spokane County Receives Federal Funds to Cut down on Vehicle-Pedestrian Collisions

From 2010 through 2014, Spokane County had 24 pedestrian fatalities and 123 pedestrian serious injuries. 

Because of this significant pedestrian safety issue, the Spokane County Target Zero Task Force has received federal funding 
from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) to implement Pedestrian Safety Zones to reduce pedestrian fatalities and serious injury crashes. The money will be used to conduct a data-driven education and enforcement campaign focusing in high pedestrian activity areas. 

Spokane County’s Pedestrian Accident Data:
Most pedestrian fatal and serious injury crashes occur:
·         During clear weather (70.6%).
·         Between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. (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%)

This is the only info I have at this point (sent out in a news release from Spokane County) so I will provide updates as I receive them.

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About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.