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May 2017 31

Washington Traffic Safety Commission Honors Tahoma Senior High School Senior

OLYMPIA, WA — Washington Traffic Safety Commission Director Darrin T. Grondel honored Tierra Wilson, a student at Tahoma Senior High School, for her work to improve traffic safety among her peers. Ms. Wilson was recognized during Senior Awards Night at her high school on May 31, 2017. Ms. Wilson also won the $2,500 Safe Driving […]



May 2017 16

Statement of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission on Gov. Jay Inslee Signing the “Driving Under the Influence of Electronics Act”

OLYMPIA – The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) released the following statement from Director Darrin Grondel, in response to Governor Jay Inslee signing the “Driving Under the Influence of Electronics Act (SB 5289)” today. “Distracted driving is a major cause of crashes on Washington’s highways.  The new distracted driving law signed by the governor today […]



May 2017 11

Moms Can Lead the Drive to End Distracted Driving

Statewide Survey Shows Moms Will Stash Phones for their Kids Sam Thompson’s mother Lisa in this powerful video being shared by mothers as a warning to their loved ones about distracted driving OLYMPIA –The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) today called on mothers to take the lead in modeling safe driving behavior for their children […]



Apr 2017 24

Outstanding Traffic Safety Task Force Coordinator Honored as Target Zero Manager of the Year

OLYMPIA – The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) honored Hilary Torres as its 2016 Target Zero Manager (TZM) of the Year. Torres is the TZM in Region 6, which is Clark and Skamania Counties. TZMs are traffic safety coordinators located throughout the state of Washington. These individuals support local efforts to assess the needs and […]



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 […]



Jan 1970 01

Outstanding Lynnwood Police Officer Honored as Local Law Enforcement Liaison of the Year

OLYMPIA – The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) honored Officer Mark Brinkman of the Lynnwood Police Department as its 2016 Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) of the Year. Local LELs support traffic safety task forces and their coordinators, called Target Zero Managers (TZMs), in regions around Washington State. They serve as the “go-to” person for law […]



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