Snohomish County prosecutors as well and Snohomish County law enforcement agencies have joined "Target Zero" which is a statewide effort, including the Washington State Patrol, that has a goal of reducing traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero by 2030. Target Zero attempts to achieve this goal by reducing the three main factors that contribute to traffic fatalities:
- Impaired driving
- Failure to wear seat belts
(For more information about Target Zero go to http://wsdot.wa.gov/planning/SHSP.htm)
Prosecutors have been lauded for their more coordinated approached to prosecuting DUI charges in the court system.
As a result of added patrols and the improved effort by the prosecutors, the annual death toll from drunken- and drug-impaired driving has been reduced from 26 to 16 between 2009 and 2011.