Zeroing out traffic deaths

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In February, the L.A. Department of Transportation announced its Vision Zero Action Plan to reduce traffic related fatalities to zero by 2025.

Every day, millions of Angelenos share the road as they make their way around the city. According to the L.A. Department of Transportation, an Angeleno loses their life in a traffic collision every 40 minutes. This alarming fact is completely unacceptable and the city is working proactively to reserve the trend. Whether you get around by car, bike, bus, train or on foot, it is our city’s goal and a top priority for me to ensure that all Angelenos can get wherever they need to go safely.

In 2015, LADOT launched Vision Zero to address L.A.’s considerable traffic safety needs. With so many moving parts, a yearlong analysis set out to identify proven methods and solutions to decrease traffic deaths by designing and operating a road system that accounts for human error.

The analysis examined five years of data and found that children, seniors and people who walk and ride bikes are at the greatest risk for collisions that result in death and serious injury. In addition, the city discovered that a disproportionate number of collisions in Los Angeles take place on a relatively small number of streets, dubbed the High-Injury Network. A total of 65 percent of all severe and fatal collisions involving people walking and biking happen on these streets, which comprise just six percent of the city’s roadways.

Prioritizing projects that protect these areas is a logical first step toward reaching our goal.

An Action Plan for safety

The result of the Vision Zero analysis is the new Vision Zero Action Plan, which is anchored on the principles of engineering, education, enforcement and evaluation as essential to a creating a safe system where human life is the utmost important priority. As a result, the plan focuses on creating safe streets for all, developing a culture of safety, adopting new policy and legislation to improve safety and responding to relevant data to update community traffic plans.

For example, the LADOT will invest $2 million on an education campaign in 2017, including creative development, on-the-ground community-based outreach, as well as a paid media. The LAPD has also partnered with LADOT to increase a focus on speed enforcement on the Vision Zero High-Injury Network. LADOT has also started the necessary analysis and outreach for engineering design improvements along 15 of the priority corridors, and will implement engineering treatments on all 40 by the end of the year. Focusing efforts on these priority corridors will achieve the 2017 goal of reducing fatalities by 20 percent.

The Action Plan provides us with the strategies we need to make improvements that will save lives across the city. I hope you’ll agree that this is a big step forward for safety in Los Angeles.

To read about the Vision Zero Action Plan visit VisionZero.lacity.org. If you have comments about the plan contact me by email at paul.krekorian@lacity.org.

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee on Job Creation, represents Council District 2, which includes North Hollywood, Studio City, Valley Village and other communities in the East Valley.

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Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee on Job Creation, represents Council District 2, which includes North Hollywood, Studio City, Valley Village and other communities in the East Valley.

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