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State Highway Safety Report (2019) - Washington

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The following provides a summary of the Highway Safety Improvement Program’s (HSIP) safety performance measures and State safety performance targets. As per the Safety PM Final Rule, States are required to set annual safety performance targets in the HSIP annual report for the number of fatalities, rate of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT), number of serious injuries, rate of serious injures per 100 million VMT, and number of non-motorized fatalities and serious injuries. The safety performance targets are based on 5-year rolling averages. States have the flexibility to use the methodology they deem most appropriate. FHWA encourages States to review data sets and trends and consider factors that may affect targets. The safety performance targets should be data-driven, realistic, and attainable and should align with the performance management framework and legislative intent.

A State Department of Transportation (DOT) has met or made significant progress towards meeting its safety performance targets when at least four of the five safety performance targets established under 23 CFR 490.209(a) have been met or the actual outcome is better than the baseline performance. The baseline performance is the 5-year average ending with the year prior to the establishment of the target.

The Basis for Target and Additional Comments are provided by the State in their HSIP Annual Report and have not been edited by FHWA. Any questions about individual State reports should be directed to the respective State DOT. For additional information about each State's HSIP, the complete reports are available at https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/hsip/reports/.

  • Number of Fatalities

  • Number of Fatalities 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Annual 436 462 551 536 563 539 519
    5-Year Average 509.6 530.2 541.6
    Target (5-Year Average) 489.2 443.2 444.1
  • Basis for Number of Fatalities Target

    The linear trend line of the five year rolling average was used to set the target unless the target showed an increase this way: then the 5-year average value for 2013-2017 was used to set the target for 2019. The target for Fatalities was set on the linear trend line of the 5-year rolling average. Fatalities is a performance measure in the SHSP.
    Using the SHSP - Target Zero trend to 0 in 2030. WSDOT believes that setting aggressive targets is appropriate versus easy to reach (increasing or flat) targets as the Department wishes to reduce as many fatal and serious injuries as possible. WSDOT closely structures its safety program around the data driven Target Zero Emphasis areas and works very closely with it highway safety partners within the State to select appropriate strategies to reduce these crashes
    Crash reduction required to achieve zero fatal and serious crashes by 2030.

  • Data Sources:
    Fatalities: 2013-2018 Final FARS, 2019 FARS Annual Report File
    Targets: 2018-2020 Washington HSIP Annual Reports

  • Fatality Rate (per 100 million VMT)

  • Fatality Rate
    (per 100 million VMT)
    2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Annual 0.76 0.80 0.92 0.88 0.92 0.86 0.83
    5-Year Average 0.856 0.876 0.882
    Target (5-Year Average) 0.813 0.732 0.724
  • Basis for Fatality Rate Target

    The linear trend line of the five year rolling average was used to set the target unless the target showed an increase this way: then the 5-year average value for 2013-2017 was used to set the target for 2019. The target for Fatality Rate was set on the linear trend line of the 5-year rolling average. The SHSP does not use rates as a performance metric.
    Using the SHSP - Target Zero trend to 0 in 2030. WSDOT believes that setting aggressive targets is appropriate versus easy to reach (increasing or flat) targets as the Department wishes to reduce as many fatal and serious injuries as possible. WSDOT closely structures its safety program around the data driven Target Zero Emphasis areas and works very closely with it highway safety partners within the State to select appropriate strategies to reduce these crashes
    Crash reduction required to achieve zero fatal and serious crashes by 2030.

  • Data Sources:
    Fatalities: 2013-2018 Final FARS, 2019 FARS Annual Report File
    VMT: 2013-2019 FHWA Highway Statistics Series, VM-2 Table
    Targets: 2018-2020 Washington HSIP Annual Reports

  • Number of Serious Injuries

  • Number of Serious Injuries 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Annual 1,916 2,004 2,100 2,219 2,223 2,238 2,263
    5-Year Average 2,092.4 2,156.8 2,208.6
    Target (5-Year Average) 1,855.2 1,795.5 1,807.0
  • Basis for Number of Serious Injuries Target

    The linear trend line of the five year rolling average was used to set the target unless the target showed an increase this way: then the 5-year average value for 2013-2017 was used to set the target for 2019. The target for Serious Injuries was set on the linear trend line of the 5-year rolling average. Serious injuries is a performance measure in the SHSP.
    Using the SHSP - Target Zero trend to 0 in 2030. WSDOT believes that setting aggressive targets is appropriate versus easy to reach (increasing or flat) targets as the Department wishes to reduce as many fatal and serious injuries as possible. WSDOT closely structures its safety program around the data driven Target Zero Emphasis areas and works very closely with it highway safety partners within the State to select appropriate strategies to reduce these crashes
    Crash reduction required to achieve zero fatal and serious crashes by 2030.

  • Data Sources:
    Serious Injuries: 2020 Washington HSIP Annual Report
    Targets: 2018-2020 Washington HSIP Annual Reports

  • Rate of Serious Injuries (per 100 million VMT)

  • Rate of Serious Injuries
    (per 100 million VMT)
    2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Annual 3.35 3.45 3.52 3.64 3.62 3.59 3.62
    5-Year Average 3.516 3.564 3.598
    Target (5-Year Average) 3.068 2.968 2.944
  • Basis for Serious Injury Rate Target

    The linear trend line of the five year rolling average was used to set the target unless the target showed an increase this way: then the 5-year average value for 2013-2017 was used to set the target for 2019. The target for Serious Injury Rate was set on the linear trend line of the 5-year rolling average. The SHSP does not use rates as a performance metric.
    Using the SHSP - Target Zero trend to 0 in 2030. WSDOT believes that setting aggressive targets is appropriate versus easy to reach (increasing or flat) targets as the Department wishes to reduce as many fatal and serious injuries as possible. WSDOT closely structures its safety program around the data driven Target Zero Emphasis areas and works very closely with it highway safety partners within the State to select appropriate strategies to reduce these crashes
    Crash reduction required to achieve zero fatal and serious crashes by 2030.

  • Data Sources:
    Serious Injuries: 2020 Washington HSIP Annual Report
    VMT: 2013-2019 FHWA Highway Statistics Series, VM-2 Table
    Targets: 2018-2020 Washington HSIP Annual Reports

  • Number of Non-Motorized Fatalities and Serious Injuries

  • Number of Non-Motorized Fatalities
    and Serious Injuries
    2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Annual 404 493 494 597 575 642 575
    5-Year Average 512.6 560.2 576.6
    Target (5-Year Average) 511.8 466.5 472.1
  • Basis for Number of Non-Motorized Fatalities and Serious Injuries Target

    The linear trend line of the five year rolling average was used to set the target unless the target showed an increase this way: then the 5-year average value for 2013-2017 was used to set the target for 2019. The target for Non-Motorized Fatalities and Serious Injuries was set equal the 5-year rolling average for 2013 - 2017. Pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities and serious injuries are part of two emphasis areas in the SHSP.
    Using the SHSP - Target Zero trend to 0 in 2030. WSDOT believes that setting aggressive targets is appropriate versus easy to reach (increasing or flat) targets as the Department wishes to reduce as many fatal and serious injuries as possible. WSDOT closely structures its safety program around the data driven Target Zero Emphasis areas and works very closely with it highway safety partners within the State to select appropriate strategies to reduce these crashes
    Crash reduction required to achieve zero fatal and serious crashes by 2030.

  • Data Sources:
    Fatalities: 2013-2018 Final FARS, 2019 FARS Annual Report File
    Serious Injuries: 2020 Washington HSIP Annual Report
    Targets: 2018-2020 Washington HSIP Annual Reports


Additional Comments

2020 Comments:

These targets are set based on WSDOT's data driven Strategic Highway Safety Plan, which outlines a goal of zero fatal and serious crashes by 2030.

Safety Performance Target Assessment

PLEASE NOTE: Each State’s safety performance target assessment is based on its own State-specific target methodology and program philosophy. Therefore, conclusions should not be drawn based only on the information in the Safety Performance Target Assessment Summary table. For example, the State may have set aggressive targets, and not met those targets, while another State may have set more easily attainable targets, and met those targets. FHWA understands that each State’s safety program is unique and therefore does not prescribe a methodology for States to set targets. States have the flexibility to use the methodology they deem most appropriate when setting their safety performance targets.

Washington 2019 Safety Performance Target Assessment
Performance Measure 2015-2019 Target 2015-2019 Actual 2013-2017 Baseline Met Target? Better Than Baseline? Met or Made Significant Progress?
Number of Fatalities 489.2 541.6 509.6 No No No
Rate of Fatalities 0.813 0.882 0.856 No No
Number of Serious Injuries 1,855.2 2,208.6 2,092.4 No No
Rate of Serious Injuries 3.068 3.598 3.516 No No
Number of Non-Motorized Fatalities and Serious Injuries 511.8 576.6 512.6 No No

Updated: 03/08/2022
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