An update on Seattle’s ‘Vision Zero’ street safety efforts (Vision Zero Watch)

Earlier this week, the Seattle Department of Transportation gave the City Councilan update on the city’s “Vision Zero” initiative to achieve zero annual traffic fatalities. The bad news is that there has been little progress in the last several years. The good news? SDOT has some new ideas for how to change that.

According to the preliminary 2018 figures, Seattle had 14 traffic fatalities, and 170 serious injuries on its streets. That’s 14 human tragedies that we should all grieve for. But, while it is little consolation, that makes Seattle one of the safest cities in the country on a per-capita basis when it comes to traffic fatalities.

As for the trends, above are two charts that SDOT shared Tuesday.
SDOT’s Jim Curtin summarized these slides by saying “We’re making progress.”

That is a lie.

We can assume the data is accurate; the untruth is in the linear trend lines superimposed on top of the charts.