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Hundreds Tragically Killed in Los Angeles Accident in 2021


August 10, 2022

According to a news report published on LATimes.com, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's objective of ending traffic-related injuries and fatalities by 2025 seems to be increasingly unattainable. 

The Los Angeles Police Department's crash data through December 25, 2021, shows that nearly 300 people were tragically killed in traffic accidents in 2021. This accounts for a 21% increase over the same period in 2020 and a 19% increase over the same time. Moreover, nearly 1,500 people were severely injured in accidents in 2021, which is a 30% increase over the same time frame in 2020. The Los Angeles Police Department defines "severely injured" as needing to be taken to a hospital from the scene of the accident. 

Los Angeles streets are becoming increasingly deadly for pedestrians, with 486 pedestrians being severely injured by motor vehicles. This is a 35% increase over 2020. Pedestrian fatalities also rose by 6% in 2021. 

These accident injury and death figures are frustrating transportation safety advocates who have argued for many years that Vision Zero is underfunded and is a low priority by the city leaders. Vision Zero is a traffic safety program that aims to end traffic fatalities. The program was launched in 2015 by Garcetti. As 2021's crash data is being analyzed, Los Angeles residents who live in underserved communities are being disproportionately killed in traffic accidents, according to the California Department of Transportation. 

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Source:

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-01-09/traffic-deaths-vision-zero-garcetti

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