Adopt a Vision Zero strategy in Albuquerque to eliminate traffic deaths and injuries
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Albuquerque has an increasing problem with unsafe roadways. We are having around 73 deaths by car crash every year, which exceeds our homicide rate (61 homicides in 2016), though it is given far less attention. Additionally, car crashes in Albuquerque result in around 582 serious injuries each year. These deaths and injuries not only affects the people in these crashes, but also negatively impacts quality of life and perceptions of safety in Albuquerque.
Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic deaths and injuries that has been implemented successfully around the world, including in multiple U.S. cities. Vision Zero promotes projects such as redesigning streets, lowering speed limits, and other data-driven improvements, with a focus on infrastructure that allows for human error and treating traffic deaths as preventable. Read more about Vision Zero here: https://visionzeronetwork.org/about/what-is-vision-zero/
An important component of a strong Vision Zero plan includes having a city's major and city council make an official and public commitment to a Vision Zero goal to achieve zero traffic fatalities and severe injuries among all road users (including people walking, biking, using transit, and driving) within a set time frame (see more here: https://visionzeronetwork.org/9-components-of-a-strong-vision-zero-commitment/). As a result, we are asking that Mayor Tim Keller and the Albuquerque City Council make this commitment.
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