Tempe adopts Vision Zero Action Plan to end traffic fatalities
Because everyone deserves to get home safely
Tempe, Ariz. (May 29, 2019) – Tempe wants to put an end to traffic fatalities and serious injury crashes in our community. Last week, Tempe City Council approved the Vision Zero Action Plan with strategies to ensure safe streets for all road users and aim to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injury crashes.
“This is game-changing - the fact that we are the only city in Arizona to adopt Vision Zero,” said Mayor Mark Mitchell. “Public safety has always been a priority for the city and Vision Zero reinforces that commitment. It’s great for our community, great for our residents.”
While the plan was being developed, Tempe took a proactive approach to implementing a few Vision Zero strategies. Tempe will begin construction on its first roundabout, improved nighttime visibility with the installation of LED streetlights and adopted a distracted driving ordinance.
“Now the work really begins,” said Tempe Traffic Engineer Julian Dresang. “Our next steps will be to work with lead agencies to implement the Vision Zero Action Plan strategies. Some will be easier than others, but we have to implement all of the strategies together to achieve our goal of eliminating traffic fatalities.”
Last February, the Tempe City Council adopted a Vision Zero resolution, the first city in Arizona to do so. Since then, the city met with multiple stakeholders, including partnering agencies, valley cities and residents, to develop strategies that will help achieve the goal of eliminating traffic deaths and reducing the severity of other crashes.
The action plan is data-driven and focused on several key areas, including distraction, bicycles and scooters, pedestrians, nighttime, impairment, inexperienced and very experienced road users, intersections and a general category.
Vision Zero operates on the key principles that traffic deaths and severe injury crashes are preventable, that although crashes will occur, the severity can be reduced and that safety is everyone’s responsibility, including drivers, roadway engineers and policymakers.
For more information about Vision Zero, or to view the Vision Zero Action Plan, please visit tempe.gov/VisionZero.
Media Contact: TaiAnna Yee
Public Information Officer, Transportation