The U.S. and the Puget Sound region are experiencing the highest number of roadway deaths in 16 years. In 2021, over 3,000 individuals were either seriously injured or killed in car accidents in Washington State.
November 19 is World Day of Remembrance, where we take the time to remember the many millions killed or seriously injured on the world's roads and to acknowledge the families and communities that have lost loved ones.
The theme for this year is Safe Streets for People, which provides a platform to discuss safer vehicles and other mobility options and people-first policies and actions to put safe mobility about dangerous travel.
PSRC is working toward a region with zero fatalities through our upcoming Regional Safety Plan. We received $4.9 million through the U.S Department of Transportation’s Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grant program to create a regional plan and help the cities of Burien, Everett, Kent, Redmond, and Tukwila as well as Pierce County to create local safety plans.
PSRC held its first Regional Safety Summit last June. Approximately 140 elected officials, transportation experts and citizens joined at the Seattle Convention center to discuss the ways the region can move toward zero-fatalities and serious injuries. The Summit discussed the Safe Systems Approach, data trends on road safety in the Puget Sound region and attendees provided feedback on safety goals for the development of PSRC’s Regional Safety Plan.
As the World Remembrance Day approaches this weekend, PSRC will remember those killed and injured in crashes, support those personally impacted, and act by advocating and implementing evidence-based actions to end the crisis on our roadways.
Visit the World Day of Remembrance website and find events in your community to remember ones lost.