The Washington State Patrol’s primary goal is to provide a safe motoring environment for all Washingtonians and those visiting the Evergreen state. Troopers and commercial vehicle officers are responsible for enforcing traffic laws, investigating collisions, and assisting motors on the 17,524 miles of the state’s highways.
In 2016, troopers:
Made more than 968,000 contacts
Answered more than 206,000 calls for service
Investigated more than 48,000 collisions
Arrested nearly 13,000 impaired drivers
Commercial vehicle officers:
Contacted 70,532 violators and 4,067 aggressive drivers
Personnel performed 40,344 CMV safety inspections
Placed 4,716 commercial vehicles out of service
The Washington State Patrol is committed to Target Zero, the state’s strategic highway plan that aims to reduce the number of highway deaths to zero by 2030.
Target Zero is a data-driven strategic plan used to identify priorities and solutions, help create common goals, and develop a language so we can work together across disciplines. Specifically, our partners use it to:
• Set statewide priorities for all traffic safety partners over the next three to four years.
• Provide a resource of various strategies to address each emphasis area and factor.
• Help guide federal and state project funding toward the highest priorities and most effective strategies.
• Monitor outcomes at a statewide level for each priority area.
Coordination, collaboration, and communication among traffic safety partners are key to the implementation of the strategies. The efforts of traffic safety partners across the state are focused on implementing strategies that will help achieve the Target Zero goal. Learn more at the Target Zero Website.
Enforcement is one of four equal strategies of Target Zero, along with engineering, education and emergency medical service. Enforcement is the responsibility of police agencies at all levels.
Under Target Zero, state troopers, county sheriff’s deputies and city and tribal police officers will focus on those violations proven to cause fatal or serious injury collisions.
The Washington State Patrol first introduced Target Zero teams in 2010. These teams are spread throughout the state and focus on areas where history shows the most fatalities and serious collisions involving DUI have occurred.