Los Angeles Launches Vision Zero Initiative
Posted by Councilmember Englander on August 28, 2015 at 12:00 PM
This Monday, I was proud to join Mayor Eric Garcetti, my colleague Councilmember Mike Bonin, Chair of the Transportation Committee, the Department of Transportation, the Bureau of Street Services, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Fire Department to announce Los Angeles’ Vision Zero Program with a goal of eliminating traffic-related deaths by 2025.
Begun in Sweden in 1997, “Vision Zero” is an international standard based on the fundamental principle that traffic deaths can be avoided through strategic, data-driven approaches to engineering, enforcement, education, evaluation, and community engagement.
Mayor Garcetti signed the tenth Executive Directive of his administration, ordering multiple city departments to report back by December 1, 2015 with specific recommendations for measures that would immediately reduce traffic-related deaths in L.A. by 20 percent by 2017. The directive also calls for the formation of a Vision Zero Task Force; as well as an Executive Steering Committee, led by city agencies in coordination with the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, that will work on proposals to eradicate deadly accidents on Los Angeles streets by 2025.
With nearly half of all traffic collisions in Los Angeles being hit-and-runs, Vision Zero had never been more critical for our community. As Chair of the Public Safety Committee and as a Reserve LAPD Officer, I have seen firsthand the critical need for not only this initiative but its strict enforcement on our streets.
-Mitchell Englander, Chair of the Public Safety Committee