There are a number of cities throughout the nation and the world that have implemented variations on a “Vision Zero” plan, the goal of which is to reduce traffic fatalities in a city to zero.
A report by the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities focused on a few key actions municipalities around the world are taking to make their roadways safer for everyone. Here are a few examples of some of those strategies being used.
- Smarter street design: Street design can be adjusted to improve both vision and accessibility for people walking and cycling while also encouraging safer driving behavior. Traffic circles help reduce traffic speeds at intersections, which are frequent sites of collisions. Speed humps used near school zones and residential areas also help to keep speeds in check. Narrower streets also encourage safer, more careful driving, and also make it easier for pedestrians to cross.
- Managing speeds: It is important for municipalities to manage speeds of vehicles on their streets. This means posting appropriate speed limits, and using other intervention methods that control speeds and keep people away from dangerous traffic. Strategies include wider sidewalks, raised crosswalks, curb extensions and narrower lanes.
- Enforcements of existing laws: Ramped up enforcement of existing traffic laws can help reduce injuries and deaths. This means strictly enforcing speed limits, yielding to pedestrians and drunk driving laws. Implementing speed cameras and cameras at red lights can also be helpful.
- Compact cities: Cities that are more compact and connected are less likely to have issues with traffic deaths than sprawling, spread-out cities. This is largely due to a lesser need for automobiles in cities that are more compact.
To learn more about some of the initiatives municipalities are implementing to reduce traffic deaths within their borders, contact an experienced Sarasota, FL auto accident lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.