Traffic Deaths in Early 2020 Alert Many to the Dangers of US Roads
USA- Ggwash.org writes that four people died in the DC area at the very start of the new year. In each of the fatal incidents, the community has requested that changes be implemented to address known road-related hazards.*
The first of the fatal crashes occurred when a woman walking on a sidewalk was struck and killed near the intersection of Pennsylvania and Minnesota Avenue. In the following days, another pedestrian died in a crash on North Capital Street. A collision on Alabama Avenue then killed two vehicle occupants in Congress Heights and injured three other people.
The city pledged to end all traffic fatalities by 2024 as part of its Vision Zero plan, but the recent deaths indicate how far reality is from that lofty goal.
The Department of Transportation participated in a report that found that North Capital Street has numerous issues, including broken sidewalks, crosswalks without any markings, inadequate bike safety and traffic signals that require adjustments. An earlier report found similar problems in the Alabama Avenue corridor.
Despite the known issues, recommended changes are not being implemented. Many people in the city still prioritize speed and parking over safety. The victims are often those living in poorer neighborhoods.
The city has the opportunity to make its roads safer and indicate its commitment to the Vision Zero initiative. Time is running short for the necessary infrastructure changes to be completed in time to meet the 2024 deadline. Some indicate that the most impactful improvements would be those that increase safety in the highest-risk parts of the city. If the city is serious about eliminating traffic deaths, officials can prove so through the upcoming budget-writing.
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