Evaluation of Washington State Target Zero Teams Project

On July 1, 2010, the Washington State Patrol began deployment of three detachments of 18 troopers and three sergeants to pursue nighttime impaired driving offenses. These detachments, called Target Zero Teams in support of Washington's Target Zero strategic highway safety plan, will operate in Snohomish, King, and Pierce counties for two years. The troopers involved will be relieved of their regular Washington State Patrol duties and will focus their efforts on enforcement of impaired driving and of other traffic offenses that are committed often by impaired drivers, such as those pertaining to speed and seat belt use. Local law enforcement officers will also participate in the teams at high-risk locations for periods of time during the project. The goal of this study is to evaluate the outcomes of the Target Zero Teams project in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties. This study will assess public awareness of enforcement activity, examine cooperation between the Washington State Patrol and local stakeholders, and investigate the impact of the trooper detachments on crashes, fatalities, arrests, blood alcohol content (BAC) levels, and criminal interdiction. The potential cost benefit and cost avoidance to the State of Washington as a result of the program will also be calculated.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See DOT HS 812 097 "Evaluation of the Washington State Target Zero Teams Project."


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $393,756
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Smither, Dereece

  • Performing Organizations:

    Dunlap and Associates, Incorporated

    110 Lenox Avenue
    Stamford, CT  United States  06906
  • Start Date: 20100504
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20151200
  • USDOT Program: Behavioral Safety Research
  • Subprogram: Alcohol Impaired Driving

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01490057
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-09-D-00138
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 17 2013 1:01AM