Automobile and Bicycle Safety
COST OF MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH DEATHS
In 2013 in WA State, the cost of crash-related deaths was $654 million. Learn how prevention saves lives and money
DISTRACTED AND IMPAIRED DRIVING
- Distracted driving
- Distracted driving continues to be a growing concern especially for young drivers.
- Put conversations and texts on hold while you drive. No text is worth a life.
- A fact sheet provides a snapshot of alcohol related deaths, drunk driving and proven prevention strategies.
- Facts and data on impaired driving from the CDC
- What Works - Strategies to reduce impaired driving.
- Drinking and driving is a threat to everyone.
KIDS AND BIKE SAFETY
FREE CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTIONS
Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will inspect your car seat, check for recalls, assist in installations, and make sure your child is safe in your vehicle. Free car seat inspection dates and locations.
CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY
- The Ultimate Car Seat Guide from Safe Kids Worldwide.
- Safe Kids offers a wealth of information on child passenger safety.
- Child Passenger Safety resources from the CDC.
- Safety Restraint Coalition has information on vehicle occupant protection and child car seats.
- NHTSA has created an easy to use guide for car seat recommendations for children.
- The 2012-16 WA State Child Occupant Safety Policy and Systems Strategies is a great resource on child passenger safety.
SLEEPINESS AND DRIVING DON'T MIX
- AAA recommendations to Remain Alert and Avoid Drowsiness.
- Myths and Facts about drowsy driving
NEVER LEAVE YOUR CHILD ALONE IN A CAR
Each year an average of 33 children die due to heatstroke after being left alone in a vehicle. These deaths are preventable.
- Even on a mild 70-degree day the temperature inside a car can rise 19 degrees in just 10 minutes - and it continues to rise from there.
- It only takes 10 minutes for a car to reach deadly temperatures. Infographic
- Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.
- Do not let your children play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them that a vehicle is not a play area.
- Never leave infants or children in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are partially open.
- Keep a large teddy bear or other stuffed animal in the car seat when it's empty. Move the teddy bear to the front seat when you place the child in the seat as a visual reminder.
- Make a habit of looking in the vehicle - front and back - before locking the door and walking away.
- If you are dropping your child off at childcare, and normally it's your spouse or partner who drops them off, have your spouse or partner call you to make sure the drop went according to plan.
- Visit the Safe Kids website for tips and information on this important safety issue.
- Infographic and Tip Sheet
- NHTSA is urging parents and caregivers to think "Where's Baby? Look Before You Lock"
- Educational flyer and poster. Also available in Spanish - flyer and poster.
YOUNG DRIVER SAFETY
- Teen drivers are 1.6 times more likely than adults to be involved in a fatal crash. Teen Safe Driving The Next Chapter, includes data and promising programs to reduce crashes and fatalities involving young drivers.
- Young Driver Safety
- Ride Like a Friend Drive Like You Care on Facebook
- Speaking Points to use when sharing facts and information to increase public understanding of and support for young driver safety.
- Learning to Drive is often considered a rite of passage for teenagers. But with the reward of being a new driver comes real risk.
- Parents are the key to safe teen driving. Learn how parents can steer their teens in the right direction.
- Teen Drivers - What Works.
OLDER ADULTS AND DRIVING
- Senior Driving AAA shares information and resources to help seniors drive safer and longer.
- Information and resources for family and friends who may have concerns about an elderly loved one and driving.
- AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
- Driving Safety information from WA State Dept. of Licensing
- WA Traffic Safety Commission
- Parents Central from car seats to car keys, keeping kids safe.
- Target Zero has set a goal to reduce traffic crashes and deaths to zero by 2030.
- What to do after a motor vehicle crash and other driving safety tips
- WA State Dept of Transportation annual collision data summaries
- Car safety.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA.
- Governors Highway Safety Association
- Motor vehicle crashes are being reduced through the use of innovative strategies and strong partnerships.
- National Transportation Safety Board.
- The WA State Patrol website offers great information on driver and vehicle safety.
- The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety provides information on crash test ratings for various automobiles, booster seat ratings, teen driving safety, research, data, and more.
- Motor vehicle safety information from the CDC.