It will take more than trendy buzzwords and politicians wishing away traffic-related accidents and injuries, but Arlington officials are taking a step in trying to reduce the number of incidents across the community.
County Board members today are expected to formally sign on to the “Vision Zero” strategy, what officials say is a “comprehensive and holistic approach to eliminating traffic fatalities and severe injuries.”
The resolution directs County Manager Mark Schwartz develop a plan for reducing traffic incidents, which in recent years have averaged 2,400 collisions and nearly 700 injuries per year. (The good news: The number of collisions resulting in death or severe injury have been on decline during that period.)
The resolution also calls for “adequate funding, staff resources and top-down support for its implementation” as well as annual reporting on the progress or lack of same.
“Vision Zero” began in Sweden two decades ago, and has been adopted in a number of U.S. cities since 2012. Results have been mixed: One report noted that while New York City saw a decline in fatalities since implementing its version of the plan, the number of traffic accidents and injuries have risen.