Washington officials are warning drivers to be mindful on the road as a record number of people were killed statewide in crashes last year, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
Last year’s total of 633 traffic deaths marks a 20-year high and the numbers for 2022 are on the rise.
That rate outpaces 574 fatal crashes in 2020 and 538 in 2019, the agency’s data shows. Of those killed in 2021, 300 of them were drivers, 141 were pedestrians, 108 were passengers and 93 were motorcyclists.
Thus far in 2022, there have been 168 fatalities and 580 serious injury collisions, according to data provided by the Washington State Department of Transportation.
In Lewis County, there were 19 fatal or serious injury crashes in the first five months of 2022. In Thurston County, there were 127 crashes reported and 26 involved a fatality or serious injury.
Traffic deaths have spiked nationally, with nearly 43,000 people killed on U.S. roads last year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The tally marked the highest number in 16 years.
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