Strategic Highway Safety Plan: Target Zero

Target Zero is a plan with the goal to reduce the number of traffic deaths and serious injuries on Washington's roadways to zero by the year 2030. It also serves as the state's Strategic Highway Safety Plan.

How many deaths and serious injuries are “acceptable” on Washington’s roadways? How many of your family members would it be “acceptable” to lose to traffic crashes each year? Ten? Five?

Of course, the answer is zero. The personal, financial and societal loss for every person killed or injured in traffic crashes is enormous. The loss of even one family member, co-worker or friend is unacceptable.

That’s why Washington state has adopted Target Zero — a goal to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries on Washington's roadways to zero by the year 2030. Our goal is zero deaths and serious injuries, because every life counts.

Learn more on the Target Zero website.

Target Zero is the Strategic Highway Safety Plan

The Target Zero report is also Washington state's Strategic Highway Safety Plan, a requirement of the Federal Highway Administration's Highway Safety Improvement Program. Target Zero is a data-driven, long-term plan to identify priorities and solutions, create goals and develop a common understanding among the agencies working to keep Washingtonians safe. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and our traffic safety partners use it to:

  • Set statewide priorities over the next three to four years.
  • Identify different strategies for addressing each emphasis area and factor.
  • Help guide federal and state project funding toward the highest priorities and most effective strategies.
  • Monitor statewide outcomes for each priority area.

Coordination, collaboration and communication among traffic safety partners are key to the implementation of the strategies that will help achieve the Target Zero goal.

Traction tires are a special type of tire

manufactured with at least 1/8 of an inch tread. Traction tires are usually marked with a mountain/snowflake symbol, the letters M+S or “All Season.”

Carry chains, practice before leaving

Requiring chains keeps traffic moving during storms rather than closing a pass or roadway.

Prep your car. Fill up your gas tank,

pack jumper cables, ice scraper, warm clothing, snacks and water.