The number of fatalities on Washington roads is up so far this year compared to 2022, which was the deadliest year in the state since 1990.
There were 417 fatalities through July 31 compared to 413 at the same point in 2022, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. A total of 750 lives were lost in collisions last year.
“We have seen more multi-fatality crashes in 2023, which is making this a historically deadly year,” said Shelly Baldwin, Traffic Safety Commission director, in an Aug. 30 media release. “We are announcing these very preliminary figures because we need everyone’s help right now. Driving sober, driving focused, respecting speed
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