In 2015, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city leaders devised
a plan to eliminate fatal
car accidents. The “Vision Zero” policy aims to achieve a 20% drop in traffic
deaths by the end 2017.
After the first full year of the Vision Zero policy, 260 people were killed
in traffic accidents in 2016—an increase of nearly 43% over the
previous year. As far as 2017 is concerned, traffic accident fatalities
are 22% higher than in the same period last year.
According to the L.A. Transportation Department’s general manager
Seleta Reynolds, the rising number of deaths could be attributed to an
increase in driving. In Southern California, care sales and car registrations
have risen due to a strong economy and low gas prices. Additionally, distracted
driving has become a serious problem in the city.
In some neighborhoods, more people are electing to walk or bike instead
of drive, which is why fatalities involving pedestrians has drastically
increased by 58% according to LAPD data. While pedestrian accidents are
involved in only 14% of total crashes, they make up nearly half of the
fatalities in car accidents.
The L.A. Police Department has also issued fewer speeding tickets these
past few years, dropping from 100,000 in 2010 to 17,000 in 2015. LAPD’s
speeding enforcement is being challenged by a state law which prevents
officers from using radar to catch violators unless a new traffic study
has been performed in that area.
Advocates of the Vision Zero policy requires more funding and resources
to overhaul city streets in order to reduce driver speeds and crashes.
However, the policy is competing for funding with other transportation
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