Crashes are rising in cities (across the U.S.), even cities that have adopted Vision Zero. On Tuesday, June 20, 2023 we have a chance to help Vision Zero come one step closer to becoming a reality in Atlanta. Will you give public comment in support of Ordinance 23-O-1300 to establish the Atlanta Fatal Vehicle Collision Review Commission?
Councilmember Dustin Hillis has drafted Ordinance 23-O-1300 to establish the Atlanta Fatal Vehicle Collision Review Commission. The commission will review all fatal vehicle collisions on surface streets within the City of Atlanta.
Atlanta isn’t the first city to create a fatal crash investigation unit. Indianapolis, Boston, New York, and Denver all have fatal crash investigation units to help take a proactive step toward achieving their cities’ adoption of Vision Zero. The DOTs and the police departments collaborate to investigate recent fatal crashes, utilizing historical crash data to determine the most appropriate treatments—be it engineering, education, enforcement, or a combination of the three—at these crash locations.
Adopting a visionary plan like Vision Zero is the beginning of our journey to eradicate traffic fatalities and serious injuries. We stand at a crossroads where we have the opportunity to make a significant difference. Establishing the Atlanta Fatal Vehicle Collision Review Commission as part of our Vision Zero plan can foster a culture of accountability, investigation, and action. This commission will be able to examine the root causes of fatal crashes, analyze street design issues, and propose evidence-based solutions. Through these efforts, we can prevent tragedies, save lives, and create a city that prioritizes the safety and well-being of its residents.
Together, we can move Atlanta forward.