KENNEWICK, Wash.—Car crashes resulting in injuries, and sometimes even death, are Washington State Patrol's number one concern on Memorial Day weekend. KNDU looked into how many accidents this year turned fatal.
Washington State Patrol says this past weekend in the Tri-Cities and in Yakima areas they saw 17 car accidents and three injuries but no fatalities. However, four crashes that happened out of our area resulted in deaths of local people. Last year we had 18 crashes, three injuries and no local fatalities.
‘Overall as a state we're seeing our fatalities go down. We're moving the needle in the right direction in regards to target zero, which is to accomplish zero fatalities by 2030, but still it shows us we have a long way to go," says Lt. Roger Wilbur, Washington State Patrol.
Lt. Wilbur says he doesn't know why we saw an increase in fatalities this past Memorial Day, but that they will continue to work toward target zero.