Clark County Target Zero Task Force receives $60,000 grant

VANCOUVER — On Mon., Oct. 31, the Target Zero Task Force, Clark and Skamania Counties, will hold a press conference to announce the kick off a new $60,000 Pedestrian Safety Zone Project grant.Clark County Target Zero Task Force receives $60,000 grant

The event will be held at 10 a.m. at the Vancouver Police Department West Precinct in Vancouver (2800 NE Stapleton Rd.).

This grant will put extra law enforcement officers on the road to protect and educate pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers on their respective rules of the road. The focus will be on zones that typically exist around arterial roadways with high traffic volumes in Clark County.

Participating agencies in this project include:

  • Battle Ground Police Department
  • Vancouver Police Department
  • Ridgefield Police Department
  • Washington State Patrol
  • La Center Police Department
  • Washington State University Vancouver Police Department
  • Washougal Police Department
  • Clark County Sheriff’s Office
  • Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA)

From 2010-2014 Vancouver experienced more pedestrian fatalities than any other Washington city, except Seattle (a city four and a half times greater than Vancouver). Compared to Tacoma (a city of a similar size), Vancouver experienced a 78 percent greater number of pedestrian fatalities during this four-year period.

The Pedestrian Safety Zone Project grant, funded by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC), focuses on reducing serious injury and fatalities to pedestrians in Clark County, and raising awareness of the scenarios that can lead to vehicle-pedestrian collisions.

Here are a few things pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists can do to reduce the possibility of an incident:

Pedestrian:

  • Wear reflective apparel.
  • Don’t walk while distracted by a cell phone or other device.
  • Use crosswalk, sidewalk, and traffic control device when they are available.

Bicyclists:

  • Wear a helmet and reflective gear.
  • Use bike lanes when possible.

Motorists:

  • Obey speed limits
  • Don’t drive distracted
  • Watch for pedestrians and bicyclists

The Pedestrian Safety Project is part of Target Zero — striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit www.targetzero.com.

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Ken Vance got his start in the newspaper industry in 1987 as a reporter at The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Vance graduated from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA, and attended Clark College in Vancouver. He worked for The Columbian from 1987-2001. He was most recently a staff member of The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground, where he served as editor since 2010 and reporter since 2007. Vance’s work in the newspaper industry has won him multiple awards, including a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth reporting.

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