Between 2013 and 2017, over 3,400 people lost their lives in traffic accidents on roads throughout Los Angeles County. Of these deaths, 383 occurred in unincorporated areas of the County. During this same time, traffic fatalities on unincorporated County roadways increased by nearly 28 percent. In an effort to enhance safety on local streets, today the Board of Supervisors approved a motion authored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, and co-authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn, to launch a Vision Zero plan to prioritize reducing traffic-related injuries and deaths on roadways in unincorporated areas of the County.
“Vision Zero is an innovative initiative that will promote healthy communities and will protect both pedestrians and drivers,” said Supervisor Solis. “Vision Zero will enhance the quality of life of our neighborhoods by ensuring that our roads are safely designed to keep local residents free from danger while they are walking, running, playing, or driving on our streets. Through our action plan, we will boldly envision a future free of traffic-related deaths.”
Countywide, vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 5 to 14, and the second leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 15 to 24. The County’s Vision Zero goal is to eliminate all traffic-related fatalities on unincorporated County roadways by 2035.
“Vision Zero is not only a plan to build projects that will save lives, it’s a plan to engage communities so that the projects we build are ones they support and make sense for their neighborhood,” said Supervisor Hahn.
The action plan titled, Vision Zero Los Angeles County: A Plan for Safer Roadways, identifies various safety improvements that the County will implement over the next five years, including installing high-visibility crosswalks and pedestrian head-start signals.
In 2017, the Board approved Supervisor Solis’ motion to move forward with a Vision Zero action plan. In 2019, the County presented a draft plan for public comment, all leading to the final plan adopted by the Board today.
Today’s motion directs the County Department of Public Works and the County Department of Public Health to co-lead implementation of the action plan. In addition, both Departments are instructed to form a Vision Zero Steering Committee and identify funding needs. They are instructed to launch pilot programs at three or more high-collision corridors.
The Departments are also charged with analyzing data to be collected from the pilot programs and report back to the Board their findings within 90 days. Lastly, the County will partner with the California Highway Patrol to provide an annual Vision Zero progress report.
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