As of November 12, 2018, Austin has had 67 fatal traffic crashes in 2018, resulting in 68 fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were 58 fatal traffic crashes and 60 traffic fatalities.
The 2018 World Day of Remembrance
for the Victims of Traffic Violence:
Texas Vision Zero Vigil
Sunday, November 18, 2018
5:00 pm — Meet at Austin City Hall
5:25 pm — Memorial walk to the Capitol
6:00 pm — Vigil at the South Steps of the Texas Capitol
Speakers at the two locations will include:
- Texas Representative Celia Israel
- Commissioner Jeff Travillion, Travis County
- Council Member Jimmy Flannigan, City of Austin
- Jay Blazek Crossley, Vision Zero Texas
- Katie Deolloz, BikeAustin
- Kathy Sokolic, Central Texas Families for Safe Streets
City of Austin Proclamation
by Mayor Steve Adler for:
The 2018 World Day of Remembrance
for the Victims of Traffic Violence: Texas Vision Zero Vigil
Sunday, November 18, 2018
As part of its September “Save Me with a Seat” campaign, TxDOT is encouraging parents to sign up for a free child safety seat check-up at any of its 25 district offices located throughout Texas. Free safety seat inspections are available weekdays – about 20 to 30 minutes. To schedule with a TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist, visit SaveMeWithaSeat.org for more information. Read More Here.
Oct 26, 2018 – CommunityImpactNews — Intersection improvements. Downtown’s new Sobering Center. The scooters. Austin Police Department officers riding a Capital Metro bus looking, from their perch, for drivers who are texting. These are some of the initiatives that fall under the city of Austin’s Vision Zero action plan, which City Council adopted in 2016 following a record-high year for traffic fatalities.
The goal? To reach zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2025. As the plan enters its third year, however, at least 57 people have died in Austin in 2018, a nearly 12-percent increase from this time last year. “I think it is difficult to have an expectation on an issue that is so complex and [for which]the solutions demand such a broad spectrum of action,” said Laura Dierenfield, active transportation program manager for the Austin Transportation Department.
In line with the plan, city staff and safety advocates agree that traffic fatalities will decrease only when there are fewer cars moving at lower speeds on higher-density streets shared with people using other forms of transportation: bikes, dockless mobility, public transportation and their own two feet. But they also acknowledged that, in a city full of commuters with a developing public transit system, this is a hard task.
To register, visit www.aaa.com/4dsummit for AAA Annual 4-D Summit on Tuesday, September 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Palmer Events Center, at 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin. This event is free and lunch will be provided. You may be asked to input your zip code on our Web site. Attached is preliminary agenda items.
Changing the Way We Think About Distracted Driving
Countermeasures to Stop Alcohol-Impaired Drivers
Teens Taking the Wheel in 4D
Prescription Drugs & Driving
Asleep at the Wheel: Drowsy Driving Data
Legalization of Marijuana: What to Expect?
Preparing for the Legislative Battle Ahead
ADA 28: Accessibility in Every Direction
TxDOT’s Civil Rights Division will be hosting ADA 28: Accessibility in Every Direction, a half-day discussion and exhibition focused on celebrating the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on Monday, July 23, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the TxDOT Riverside Campus in Austin. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about this event, contact Ms. Juanita Webber at Juanita.Webber@txdot.gov. We hope you will join us!
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Texas Pedestrian Safety Coalition, and the TxDOT will be holding the first annual Pedestrian Safety Forum (free to attend) and will focus on pedestrian safety initiatives and developing strong working relationships between pedestrian safety advocates.
Alive at 25® is a pilot training program that addresses risky driving behaviors and the cost of crashes incurred by young and inexperienced drivers. Whether they occur on or off the job, employer’s absorb the brunt of crash costs involving employees and their family members.
Alive at 25® is an interactive program designed to teach young adults how to make safe, respectful and legal driving decisions.
Click on links to register for upcoming training sessions and find directions to each of the locations:
What is Vision Zero?
The concept of Vision Zero first originated in Sweden in 1997, when the Swedish parliament adopted it as the official road policy. Founded on the belief that loss of life is not an acceptable price to pay for mobility, Vision Zero takes a systems approach to enhancing safety. Rather than exclusively faulting drivers and other users of the transportation system, Vision Zero places the core responsibility for crashes on the overall system design, addressing infrastructure design, vehicle technology, and enforcement.
The approach has resulted in noteworthy successes – Sweden has one of the lowest annual rates of road deaths in the world: 3 out of 100,000 as compared to 11.6 in the United States (2012), a reduction of 39%. Over the past decade, many other European nations have adopted Vision Zero programs and have achieved significant fatality reductions, for example: Switzerland (41%), Germany (45%), France (48%) and Spain (53%).[reference]
Here in the states, Vision Zero has found success as well, with a 43% reduction in traffic fatalities in Minnesota, a 48% reduction in Utah, and a 40% decrease in Washington State, and in 2014, pedestrian fatalities in NYC were the lowest they’ve ever been since records began about a century ago.
Vision Zero is based on four principles:[reference]
- Ethics: Human life and health are paramount and take priority over mobility and other objectives of the road traffic system
- Responsibility: providers and regulators of the road traffic system share responsibility with users;
- Safety: road traffic systems should take account of human fallibility and minimize both the opportunities for errors and the harm done when they occur; and
- Mechanisms for change: providers and regulators must do their utmost to guarantee the safety of all citizens; they must cooperate with road users; and all three must be ready to change to achieve safety.
What are some other American cities that have implemented Vision Zero?
The Vision Zero Network in America, a comprehensive website.