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L.A. Mayor Launches Directive to End Traffic Deaths in City by 2025

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/25/2015 Megan Stewart

This week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed his 10th executive directive called "Vision Zero," which will pursue the goal of ending traffic-related deaths by 2025. Garcetti believes this can be achieved through data-driven approaches in engineering, education, evaluation, engagement, and enforcement. With the announcement, L.A. joins New York, San Francisco, and a number of other large cities that share the same goal.

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By December 1, city departments must report their specific recommendations that would help reduce the number of deaths by 20 percent by 2017. Garcetti will also implement a Vision Zero Task Force and Executive Steering Committee to work on proposals to make sure there are no deadly accidents by the 2025 deadline.

"We have to think big and work hard when it comes to keeping people safe," said Mayor Garcetti in a recent release. "It is tragic that 200 people are killed each year while moving about our city. With more people walking and biking than ever before, we must use every available tool to save lives. I am determined to bring that number down to zero."

Mayor Garcetti's goal may be more of a possibility with the implementation of vehicle-to-vehicle communication. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is also concerned about the number of traffic-related deaths on a national scale, and has started to finalize data on a recent study of its pilot program. The NHTSA will then determine when such technologies need to be placed in future vehicles.

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Volvo, which constantly looks to improve its safety features, is also looking to eliminate accident-related deaths. By 2020, the automaker hopes to implement an array of radar, sonar, and other sensors to act as a bubble of protection that extends beyond the sheetmetal. Volvo recently completed a four-year test of a 360-degree sensor system, which it's working to integrate into future vehicles.

This industry-wide push toward safety should help make L.A.'s goal more feasible, though the plan is still an ambitious one for a city of nearly 4 million people. Currently, 44 percent of people killed or injured in a collision are walking on the sidewalk or riding a bike. Vision Zero will work to improve the safety of street segments where the highest numbers of life-threatening collisions occur.

Source: Los Angeles Mayor's Office

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