Traffic Safety

The mission of the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health and Region 17 Traffic Safety Coalition prioritizes traffic safety and coordinates their prevention and education efforts with Washington's Strategic Highway Safety Plan, known as Target Zero. Through community efforts and partnerships, Traffic Safety priories include: 

•Sober Driving
•Focused Driving
•Safe Speeds
•Seat Belts and Child Passenger Safety
•Vulnerable Road Users
•Motorcycle Safety
•School Zone Safety

Program activities of the Traffic Safety Coalition are open to anyone in the Walla Walla Valley.  For questions and additional information, please contact our Traffic Safety Coordinator.


DUI Victim Memorial Walkway
Dedicated to those who were taken too soon as a result of a collision caused by someone driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, the Walkway is located at the Mill Creek Sports Complex on Tausick Way in Walla Walla.

DUI Memorial Sign Project
A grassroots program joining the Department of Transportation and citizens of Washington in ongoing efforts to combat drunk driving.

Tipsy Taxi
A Coalition sponsored designated driver program servicing Walla Walla and College Place for the last 12 years.  Each Christmas season, for approximately 2 ½ weeks, volunteers sign up to cover one night to take people home who need the use of a designated driver.
Tipsy Taxi is pausing operations in 2023. We look forward to serving you in the 2024 Holiday Season!

Child Passenger Safety Team
The Traffic Safety Coalition works with nationally certified car seat technicians in Walla Walla County who help provide education and hand-on help to parents and caregivers on the correct installation of children in their car seats.  Parent groups and businesses who transport children may host a child passenger safety information class by contacting the Traffic Safety Coalition.

Get Involved

Traffic Safety Coalition
Traffic Safety Coalition meetings and programs are open to all Walla Walla County citizens.  Programs facilitated by the Coalition are run by volunteer help from community members to law enforcement to EMS staff and more. Coalition meetings are held bi-monthly (even numbered months) on the third Thursday.  Meetings are open to all Walla Walla County citizens.  For time and place, please contact the program coordinator.


DUI Victim Panel
Adhering to the requirements set forth in RCW.10.01.230, the DUI Victim Impact Panel provides audiences with information designated to decrease incidents of impaired driving. For additional information and registration links, please visit Walla Walla Area Crime Watch. 

Washington Traffic Safety Commission
The Washington Traffic Safety Commission is Washington's designated highway safety office. Their mission is to empower and equip people and communities with knowledge, tools, and resources to build a positive traffic safety culture. 

Ian Rees
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Ian works for Walla Walla County Department of Community Health as the Region 17 Target Zero Manager (TZM). His traffic safety work in Region 17 serves Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin Counties. Ian has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Economic Development from Tulane University. He has experience in project management, community engagement, and data-driven initiatives including consulting work with Washington State Dept. of Transportation’s (WSDOT) Innovative Partnerships Office. He developed strategies for WSDOT’s Public-Private Partnership Initiative and delegated, connected, empowered, and convened diverse stakeholders. He spent a semester of his master’s program traveling across North and South America observing and studying different transportation networks and infrastructure projects. For this work he was nominated for the Tulane34 Award which recognized his scholarly research. He’s led community outreach efforts with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers Soccer Club and has been a soccer coach on the collegiate and professional level.

For more information about Traffic Safety in Washington State visit Washington Traffic Safety Commission