In an effort to reduce the large number of traffic fatalities in the city of Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced in February of this year that the city would be implementing new speed limits on over 70 streets in and around the City of Angels. Cops in Los Angeles would be out enforcing these new speed limits in hopes of residents of California would be compliant with the slower speed limits.
The goal is to achieve the city’s Vision Zero initiative of 2015, which means that by the year 2025, there would be zero traffic fatalities in LA. Garcetti pointed out that many drivers don’t even know the speed limits on the roads they travel and that drivers just go with the flow of traffic. While speed limits were decreased on 45 streets in and around LA, the speed limits were actually increased on 26 city streets.
LA Accident Statistics
In 2016, there were about 55,360 traffic accidents in Los Angeles, a seven percent increase from 2015, and a 20% increase from 2014. These accidents in 2016 resulted in 260 deaths, which is a staggering 43% increase from 2015. LA is seeing approximately a 20% increase in the number of traffic accidents each year, and this trend is expected to continue for several years.
Vision Zero 2025
The Mayor of LA continues to fight, however.
There are three components to Los Angeles Vision Zero initiative: education, engineering and enforcement. The first involves educating the public about the importance of driving more safely. The engineering part looks to improve road designs and safety features to create an overall safer route for LA drivers, and the enforcement component means putting more cops on city streets to issue citations to drivers who aren’t obeying the traffic laws.
While many communities are supportive of this initiative others are not. Some feel that racial profiling has come into play as many of the new highly enforced areas are in neighborhoods where minorities make up most of the population. Others feel that simply lowering the speed limit does nothing to tackle the even bigger problem of distracted driving – which has resulted in numerous collisions with other motor vehicles and pedestrians. Regardless of community support or lack of it, Mayor Garcetti is standing strong behind the Vision Zero initiative and is determined to make the streets of Los Angeles safer for everyone.
While putting a stop to traffic fatalities and making LA roads safer for all who travel them is an admirable goal, it’s a very tall order. While new speed limits and a larger law enforcement presence may help to lower the number of traffic accidents and traffic fatalities, individual drivers must also do their part to help eradicate the traffic problems in LA. Impaired drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs and distracted drivers on their cell phones behind the wheel play a major role in the traffic accident epidemic in Los Angeles.
Is Vision Zero Ineffective?
Maybe by working together and driving more slowly on LA roadways, California residents can reduce the number of traffic fatalities to zero by 2025. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, instead of decreasing the number of traffic accidents and fatalities in LA, the city saw a 43% increase in the initiative’s very first year, and in 2017, the initiative’s second year, the city saw a 22% increase in fatal traffic accidents.
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