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Clallam County gets money to continue Target Zero program locally

June 25th, 2014 - 5:35am

(Port Angeles) Clallam County is getting about 43-thousand dollars from the state to continue administering a program to reduce serious traffic accidents.

It's funding for the Target Zero Task Force, which is part of a state-wide effort funded through the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission.

The new infusion of money will pay to keep the program running through June of next year.

Statistics show that during the first five years of operating, the task force was dealing with problems related to drunk or drugged driving. That five year span recorded 63 deaths averaging 12.6 deaths per year. Through education and enforcement efforts, those numbers have come down by almost 50%.

Even with indications of the program's success, the local program manager Jim Borte, says funding continues to be a problem.

Borte says over the past two years, out of the eight traffic deaths reported, only three were DUI related. He says in the last seven years out of the nineteen counties monitored in Washington, Clallam County has been rated number one for seat belt use. Borte says the next issue is cell phones and driving.

In addition to enforcement, the task force also uses education through various public forums, public sporting events and at local schools.

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