Speeding is one of the main causes of traffic crashes. “Exceeding reasonable safe speed” was the leading contributing cause reported by law enforcement officers for all traffic collisions in Washington State in 2010, and accounted for 8,467 collisions in King County.
Washington Department of Transportation, 2010 Annual Collision Data Summary
From 2006 to 2010, speed-related crashes killed 210 people (about 42 people each year) in King County, 43% of all fatal crashes for that period, and seriously injured an additional 1,027 people.
Washington Traffic Safety Commission, September 2011
Speeding makes it harder for drivers to steer around curves, objects on the roads, stop quickly, or react to dangerous situations. High speeds also reduce the effectiveness of the vehicle structure, seatbelts, airbags, guardrails, barriers, and other protective devices in crashes.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that speeding-related crashes cost society $40.4 billion per year.
Slow Down or Pay Up!
Driving above posted speed limits is not only dangerous but can cost you money! Law enforcement agencies have traffic units and officers who conduct regular traffic safety patrols and many agencies also receive additional funds to provide extra patrols to enforce speed limits.
Learn more about Washington's Basic Speed Law (RCW 46.61.400).
Do you need to attend a traffic safety school as part of a court-imposed condition? The following police departments offer traffic safety schools. Review the following websites and contact the schools directly to determine if you are eligible to attend.
- Black Diamond Traffic School
Contact the Black Diamond Municipal Court if you have questions regarding participation.
- Federal Way Traffic School
Contact the Federal Way Municipal Court for information on applying to Traffic School.
- Kent Traffic School
Registration forms and school information are available online. Call the Traffic School information line if you have additional questions.