Nationwide and in Washington State, traffic accident fatalities are down. Not so in Pierce County. During the first twelve days in the month of December, there were ten traffic fatalities and four of those were in Pierce County. In fact, traffic fatalities in Pierce County make up 40% of the total traffic fatalities for the entire State.
Throughout Washington State, the number of traffic fatalities for December is lower than in the previous five years; In Pierce County, the number of traffic fatalities is higher than in any of the previous five years.
According to The Tacoma New Tribune, fatalities include:
- A 70-year-old-man killed by a hit-and-run accident
- A 21-year-old man killed when his vehicle was broadsided by a SUV filled with teenagers who ran a stop sign.
- 2 people hit by a suspected DUI.
In addition to the fatal accidents, nine people were injured in car accidents, one a pregnant woman, in a 12 day period.
Pierce County encompasses all or part of the following cities: Auburn, Bonney Lake, Buckley, Carbonado, DuPont, Eatonville, Edgewood, Enumclaw, Fife, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Milton, Orting, Pacific, Puyallup, Roy, Ruston, South Prairie, Steilacoom, Sumner, Tacoma, University Place and Wilkeson.
Police say that motorists driving under the influence of alcohol and the darkness of the winter months are two large factors in traffic accidents. Police recommend people not driving over 35 or 40 miles per hour on most roads due to lighting conditions and the conditions of highways and roads.
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