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VisionZeroLogoCOLORVision Zero is a traffic safety policy that takes an ethical approach towards achieving safety for all road users. The goal is to achieve a reduction in the number of fatal and serious injury crashes to zero in Tempe, because no loss of life is acceptable.

  

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UPDATES

Comment on the Draft Action Plan

Public meeting were held March 23 and 27, 2019 and online comment was available March 23 to April 6, 2019.

Tempe's distracted driving ordinance updated to primary offense

Tempe, Ariz. (March 1, 2019) – On average, it takes five seconds to send or read a text message.  It also takes about five seconds to travel the length of a football field while driving 55 mph. In 2016, nine percent of all fatal crashes in the U.S. were reportedly related to in-vehicle distractions.

As part of Tempe’s Vision Zero efforts to eliminate traffic fatalities, the City Council approved changes to the city’s Distracted Driving Ordinance at last night’s Regular Council Meeting. 

The new changes, which take effect immediately, allow Tempe Police to cite drivers for holding, typing on or operating a mobile device while driving. Devices must be used in hands-free or voice-operated modes. Removing the distraction associated with handheld mobile devices will allow drivers to better focus attention on driving, resulting in improved safety for all roadway users. There will be a 30-day education period before any citations are issued.

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Tempe officially recognized as first Vision Zero city in Arizona

TEMPE, Ariz. (Feb. 6, 2019) –The Vision Zero Network officially recognized Tempe as the first Vision Zero city in Arizona. 

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Tempe moves forward with Vision Zero planning 

TEMPE, Ariz. (Jan. 31, 2019) – Tempe is continuing its effort to create a Vision Zero action plan that will help eliminate all fatal and serious injury crashes in the city.

In June, three working groups were formed to continue developing strategies in the following areas: education, engineering and enforcement/emergency response. These groups met in August and October to further develop strategies that will achieve the Vision Zero goal.

This past month, the stakeholders from all three working groups gathered to narrow down the selection of strategies that will be part of the Vision Zero Action Plan. View the powerpoint presentation PDF.

Tempe holds Vision Zero Workshop

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TEMPE, Ariz. (June 19, 2018) – Bike safety clinics, roundabouts, and seatbelt education. Just a few of hundreds of ideas discussed at Tempe’s Vision Zero Visioning Workshop. Over 50 stakeholders, including residents, students and employees, attended to brainstorm strategies that will help eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injury crashes in Tempe. The next step is creating working groups that will establish goals and strategies for the following areas: education, enforcement, engineering and emergency response. View the Workshop powerpoint presentation PDF. Read the Vision Zero Workshop Summary: June 2018 PDF.

Operation Safe Roads interviews Julian Dresang

Tempe first Arizona city to adopt Vision Zero resolution

Ensuring safe streets for all pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists

TEMPE, Ariz. (March 17, 2018) – In the past six years more than 60 people have lost their lives on Tempe streets and more than 400 were seriously injured due to traffic accidents. Earlier this year, the Tempe City Council unanimously voted to adopt a Vision Zero framework resolution PDF, becoming the first city in Arizona to do so.

Vision Zero is a traffic safety policy that takes an ethical approach towards achieving safety for all road users. The goal is to achieve a reduction in the number of fatal and serious injury crashes to zero in Tempe, because no loss of life is acceptable.

Vision Zero started in Sweden in the late 1990s and has since expanded around the globe, including major U.S. cities such as Los Angeles and New York City. It is the belief that traffic deaths are preventable and often other severities can be reduced.

The Tempe Transportation Division is developing a comprehensive framework, with the goal to have it completed in the next 12 to 18 months.  As part of the development, Tempe will work with numerous stakeholders, including Tempe police, fire medical rescue, schools, hospitals and businesses.

Vision Zero aligns directly with the Council’s Safe and Secure Communities priority to achieve a reduction in the number of fatal and serious injury crashes to zero.


CONTACT

 

Julian Dresang, Traffic Engineer
480-350-8025 • Julian_Dresang@tempe.gov
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