Summertime Safety

Crashes often increase in July and August in Seattle.  Nationwide, Independence Day is often referred to as one of the ‘Seven Deadly Days’ on our streets (along with other notorious nights like New Years Eve) while June, July, and August are sometimes called the ‘100 Deadly Days’ for young drivers. It’s true that we are more than ready to get outside once the long, dark winter subsides and the sun undoubtedly affects our brains here in Western Washington. But there’s no need to be summertime statistic.

Impairment related crashes spike in summer

Impairment related crashes spike in summer

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand what’s happening on our streets in summer. School is out and there are an abundance of festivals, events, and holidays happening. Crashes involving speeding and impairment increase, and deaths caused by distracted driving are nearly double than in February.

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Safety really does require a heroic team effort. Together we can ensure that our summertime fun doesn’t take a wrong turn to the tragic. Whether you’re headed to Alki Beach or riding Lake Washington Blvd, here are some things to keep in mind to Be Super Safe this summer:

Be Predictable – Plan your next move and always look out for pedestrians and cyclists – especially when turning.

No one’s impressed by Speeding – It’s lame, it won’t actually get you to your destination any faster, and you’re probably going to crash.

Focus on the Road – You’re 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash if you are texting while driving. Put down the phone. Someone’s life depends on it.

Plan Ahead if You Plan to Party – We all know that drinking and driving don’t mix. Still nearly 50 percent of the most serious collisions that occur in Seattle are caused by impaired drivers. If you’re going to have a few drinks, be sure to do it responsibly. Travel with a sober friend or take a taxi or transit.

More tips and resources can be found here. Have a Super Safe Summer, Seattle!