Rep. Chris Corry’s bill to protect motorists from lane departure injuries and fatalities passes out of committee

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A bill that targets the reduction of lane departure accidents and fatalities in rural communities has passed out of the House Transportation Committee.

House Bill 1605, sponsored by Rep. Chris Corry, R-Yakima, is based on research provided by the Washington State Strategic Highway Safety Plan, Target Zero. The plan offers several ways to address top areas of concern, including lane departure accidents.

“In many cases, these fatalities can be prevented,” said Corry. “By putting safety measures in place like wider markings on roads, improved lighting, surface road treatments, among others – we can reduce the number of lane departure accidents.”

According to the Target Zero report, in Washington state between 2015-2017, there were 796 fatalities and 2,458 serious injuries involving lane departures. Lane departure accidents make up 48% of all motor vehicle accidents.

Corry’s bill now waits for a vote by the full House of Representatives.

The 2022 legislative session began Jan. 10 and is scheduled to end March 10.

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