White silhouettes mark traffic deaths in Seattle

KING 5's Ted Land reports.

SEATTLE -- Drivers and pedestrians might notice something different along Seattle roads this week. Small groups of volunteers posted white silhouettes throughout the city.

It's all part of World Day of Remembrance, a global effort to highlight the number of people who are killed or injured in crashes.

The group that gathered on Capitol Hill Sunday morning carried magic markers and a stack of ghost-white silhouettes with names and ages. They took a somber walking tour of the corners and crosswalks where people, of all walks of life, lost their lives.

“240 people in our city in the last ten years,” said Brie Gyncild, one of the event organizers.

Seattle has a goal of zero traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. It's called Vision Zero. The city has lowered speed limits, installed new crosswalks, and redesigned curbs to make streets safer, but they have a long way to go.

Remembrance Day organizers hope their grim silhouettes will encourage drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians to look out, slow down and think.

“Take a moment to reflect, think about a life that was lost there, and to travel more safely,” said Gyncild.

The Seattle Department of Transportation approved the temporary World Day of Remembrance signs.

Copyright 2016 KING


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