To reduce car accidents deaths, The US Department of Transportation applies Vision Zero principles at national level
An estimated 42,915 people died in crashes in the US in 2021.Traffic accident fatalities which had been on a declining trend for 30 years started to increase since 2020. Last year, the US DOT announced that it would apply the Vision Zero concept nationally to tackle this problem.
New Yorkers are familiar with Vision Zero which started in 2014. The program was successful at the beginning but got out of hand since the Covid19 crisis. The program was good at identifying dangerous corridors and areas that needed improvements but the implementations of safety measures in dangerous areas, especially those located in historically disadvantaged communities remained too often unrealized. As a result, most road fatalities in New York City still occur in dangerous areas that had been identified as such almost 10 years ago. Just like in 2014 in New York City, the US DOT did some outstanding in-depth research and developed amazing interactive maps to point out dangerous areas in each community of the entire country.
The work of the DOT is extremely impressive: