Local traffic accidents hit record low
Traffic accidents on Grays Harbor County roads were at a record low last year according to new data from the County.
There were 99 reported accidents on County roads during the past year, with no deaths, compared to 109 accidents and 3 deaths in 2012.
Traffic accidents declined 70% from the high of 343 in 1976.
According to the County, “the reduction in accidents is the result of educational programs that have made people better drivers, DUI laws and more enforcement, improved vehicles and roads.”
Injury accidents dropped 85% from the high of 240 in 1976 to only 37 reported locally last year.
Accidents involving drugs and alcohol, speeding, right of way, and crossing the centerline have decreased significantly, where accidents due to inattention, weather, and defective equipment have not significantly changed in the past 20 years.
According to the county, although the Target Zero goal of zero traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030 may seem unreachable, the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department is committed to reducing accidents and saving lives through education, awareness, and enforcement programs.