This Seattle Times article begins to detail the city’s traffic safety plan for 2015. Seattle drivers should prepare for slower speeds, more school-zone cameras, fewer right turns on red and targeted enforcement. Many of the busy 35 mph corridors will be reduced to 30 mph or lower, and speeds will be reduced from 30 to 25 mph throughout downtown.

These traffic safety efforts in Seattle are all part of “Vision Zero”.Even though traffic fatalities have declined in the past 10 years, traffic collisions remain a leading cause of death for Seattle residents ages 5-24 and older adults are disproportionately affected as well. Vision Zero is a collaboration between law enforcement, government, and community safety groups, and seeks to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. Click here for the detailed Vision Zero vision and plan.

More than ever, it is essential that drivers be aware of the rules of the road. There will be law enforcement out in increasing numbers throughout 2015, eager to enforce the updated speed limits.

If you do receive a traffic ticket, be wise and consult an experienced traffic attorneys before paying it. It is almost always worth it to fight your ticket and to do whatever you can to keep it off your record. Even ONE traffic ticket on your driving record can potentially increase insurance premiums for 3 years! Whether you receive a speeding ticket, reckless driving, moving violation, or other traffic ticket, you should not try to tackle it without experienced counsel to advise you appropriately and advocate on your behalf.