What is the Vision Zero initiative and how has it affected traffic fatalities?
Vision Zero is a multinational road safety project that aims to achieve a highway system without fatalities or victims with serious injuries as a result of car accidents.
This project started in Sweden and was approved by its parliament in October 1997. The main principle is that “life and health can never be exchanged for other benefits within society,” where it is important to decide how much money should be spent on a road network to reduce accident risks and have a safer road system.
In California, the project aims to reduce accident victims to zero by 2025. But how is this initiative going? Have car accidents really been reduced? Have the victims been less fatal and not fatal?
Improvements have been made to different avenues and roads in the city. Much of the money has been invested to carry out these changes. But instead of decreasing, fatal car accidents have increased by 32% since 2015. The year Vision Zero began. More people died in traffic collisions (932) than those who were shot dead in the city, according to data from the forensic system.
Vision Zero has worked in different countries in Europe, and even in New York City, where deaths have fallen to the lowest level recorded in a century. But progress has been uneven in the extensive network of 7,500 miles of Los Angeles, where speed and distracted driving are common, and traffic deaths rarely cause public protests.
As long as drivers continue to drive irresponsibly under situations such as:
- Driving under the influence of substances or narcotics
- Driving tired or drowsy
- Driving recklessly
- Disrespecting the speed limits
- Talking or sending text messages
- Playing with the radio / other car controls
It seems like fatalities or accidents will fail to decrease regardless of the effort that the city can carry out.