Mar 2017 27

Washington State Award Winners Lead the Way On Improving Driver Licensing and Testing Standards

OLYMPIA – On Monday, March 27, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) honored two Washington State citizen advocates with the NHTSA Public Service Award at the 2017 Lifesavers Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. Citizen advocates Mi Ae Lipe of Bothell, WA, and Mark Butcher of Sammamish, WA each received […]

Feb 2017 13

New Statewide Survey Shows Cell Phone Use Greatest Cause of Distracted Driving

Cell Phone Use Greatest Cause of Distracted Driving

Jun 2016 06

Tie Into Traffic Safety

Secure Your Load Day is June 6th

Apr 2016 04

NHTSA Honors Safety Champions at Lifesavers Conference

Seattleite Among Honorees

Oct 2015 29

Report Examines Marijuana Positive Drivers Involved in Deadly Crashes

Olympia, WA – Since Washington legalized the adult use of recreational marijuana, many have asked the Washington Traffic Safety Commission how this change may impact traffic safety. The Commission took the first step toward understanding the issue by releasing a new report today providing a detailed examination of marijuana positive drivers involved in deadly crashes. […]

Mar 2015 26

Toward Zero Deaths – TZD

Transportation Industry Aims for Zero Deaths on U.S. Roads

Oct 2014 06

Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation: PIRE

Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation: PIRE Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) is one of the nation’s preeminent independent, nonprofit organizations focusing on individual and social problems associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs. PIRE is dedicated to merging scientific knowledge and proven practice to create solutions that improve the health, […]

Jul 2014 02

Chris Madill Appointed Traffic Safety Commission Deputy Director

Olympia, WA — The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) announced today that Chris Madill has been appointed Deputy Director, effective July 1. Mr. Madill began with the agency in January 2005 as a program manager and has served as Director of the Programs and Services Division since 2012. “We are pleased to welcome Chris into […]

Jan 2014 09

Traffic Safety Activist and Retired Trooper Mike Buckingham Dies at Age 61

SEDRO WOOLLEY, WA — Former Washington State Patrol Trooper Mike Buckingham lost his battle with cancer on January 2, 2014. He died in his daughter’s home in Sedro Woolley surrounded by family. Buckingham was born in the United Kingdom on November 3, 1952 and later became a U.S. citizen. He spent most of his life […]

Dec 2013 31

Governor Inslee Signs 2013 Strategic Highway Safety Plan, Target Zero

Olympia – Governor Jay Inslee has approved and signed the 2013 update of Washington State’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan, Target Zero©. In 2000, Washington was the first state in the nation to set a very aggressive goal: zero traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. Target Zero is a detailed roadmap that coordinates the efforts […]

Sep 2013 27

Traffic Safety Documentary Wins Award

OLYMPIA, WA — A documentary, Traffic Safety Successes on the Colville Reservation, produced by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, received recognition from filmmakers. During the 37th Annual American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, California, the documentary won the award for Best Industrial earlier this month. Darrin Grondel, Director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission […]

Aug 2013 08

Law Enforcement Officers Know When You’re Driving Under the Influence

Local DUI Officers Credited For Saving Lives Everyday This is one sample of news releases customized by county throughout Washington state. Grant-Adams Counties, WA — DUI is the leading cause of death on Washington roadways, accountable for nearly half of the 439 fatalities on our roads during 2012. That’s why between August 16 and September 2 extra […]

Mar 2013 26

Traffic Safety Activist Nancy Mathews Dies at Age 70

ANACORTES, WA — Longtime traffic safety activist, Nancy Mathews, lost her battle with cancer on March 9, 2013 after being diagnosed in December. Nancy died in her home in Anacortes and was surrounded by family. Nancy was born January 6, 1943. She lived in Anacortes until attending the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. She moved […]

Mar 2013 05

Be Smart, Don’t Rely on Luck

Extra patrols out St. Patrick’s Day weekend This is one sample of news releases customized by county throughout the state. Cowlitz County, WA – As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, remember finding a designated driver isn’t luck, it’s smart. Make sure you and your friends get home safely. The Cowlitz County Traffic Safety Task Force is reminding […]

Mar 2013 04

Governor Reappoints Traffic Safety Commission Director

Darrin Grondel to continue position OLYMPIA, WA — Governor Jay Inslee reappointed Darrin T. Grondel as Director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. Mr. Grondel has been a traffic safety professional for more than 21 years. “It is extremely humbling and a distinct honor and privilege to be asked to continue in this position working […]

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