Phoenix developing road safety plan as traffic fatalities surge
Phoenix is developing a Road Safety Action Plan aimed at reducing deaths and serious injuries. The plan comes after a particular deadly few years on city roadways.
By the numbers: Phoenix is on track to surpass last year's 231 traffic fatalities, which was up from 185 in 2020.
Driving the news: During a subcommittee meeting Wednesday, the city Streets Department outlined five focus areas of the draft plan and a handful of objectives including:
- Creating a culture of road safety within the city.
- Developing new roadway design options to reduce pedestrian and bicycle deaths.
- Using enforcement and education to reduce speeding, red-light running and distracted and aggressive driving.
- Evaluating and changing signal timing to reduce crashes at intersections.
- Improving lighting to reduce nighttime collisions.
- Three years earlier, the council voted against Vision Zero because some members were concerned it would lower speed limits and increase traffic congestion.
Of note: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law approved by Congress in 2021 includes at least $5 billion for communities to advance Vision Zero, according to KJZZ.
What's next: The city will seek public input on the draft plan this summer and ask council for final approval in October.
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