Philly traffic deaths rise despite effort to eliminate them by 2030

Pat Loeb
October 06, 2019 - 12:07 pm
Cars running through a red light in Center City.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Traffic deaths in Philadelphia went up last year despite a plan designed to make streets safer. But city officials say they remain committed to the effort to eliminate traffic deaths by 2030. 

2018 was year two of the effort known as Vision Zero, and while the city moved ahead with several projects to improve safety, the numbers were discouraging.

"We lost the lives of 91 Philadelphians in 2018 on Philadelphia streets," said Deputy managing director Mike Carroll.

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Carroll said that was a reversal from 2017, when there was a dramatic drop in deaths. But he said the city has not given up on its goal.

"We have a lot of work to do to understand why that took place and to figure out what types of infrastructure projects, education and enforcement we need to undertake to get back on a trend toward zero in 2030," he said.

Progress last year included a green light for speed cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard, the creation of two neighborhood slow zones in Kensington and the hiring of a streets department crew dedicated to Vision Zero improvements, such as better cross walk and bike lane markings.