Central Kitsap High School - "DNT TXT & DRV Avoid Distractions" sign.
In any endeavor, addressing the biggest issues first will provide the most favorable results. Eliminating deaths and serious injuries on our roadways is no different. To focus efforts, the primary factors in fatal and serious traffic collisions have been grouped into three Priority Levels. The levels are based on the percentage of traffic fatalities and serious injuries associated with each factor.
Priority Level One includes the factors associated with the largest number of fatalities and serious injuries in the state. Each of these factors was involved in at least 30% of the traffic fatalities or serious injuries between 2009 and 2011. Traffic Data Systems, while not a cause of fatalities, is considered a Level One priority because of the potential for better data to significantly improve our analysis of traffic fatalities and serious injuries.
Priority Level Two factors while frequent, are not seen as often as Priority Level One items. Level Two factors were seen in at least 10% of traffic fatalities or serious injuries. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is included here due to the significant impact effective EMS response has on preserving life and minimizing injury.
Priority Level Three factors are associated with less than 10% of fatalities and serious injuries. There is less discussion of these areas in the Target Zero plan. However, we believe if we address the more common factors in Priority Levels One and Two such as impairment, speeding, and run-off-the-road collisions Level Three factors will see numbers go down as well. The roads will be safer for all users.