City council considering new policy for pedestrian and driver safety

3 years 5 months 4 weeks ago Monday, December 05 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 6:36:00 PM CST December 05, 2016 in News
By: Joe Gjata, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA – Columbia is looking to cut down on traffic deaths and serious injuries, and is looking to join a national safety program to do so.

The Columbia City Council is considering joining Vision Zero, a preventative policy in hopes of eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries by the year 2030.

“It sounds like an ambitious goal, but a lot of cities over the last couple of years have adopted Vision Zero policies and set a deadline to eliminate deaths and serious injuries,” Ward 4 councilman Ian Thomas said. “And they’ve been very successful in the first few years in cutting those numbers dramatically.”

Ward 2 councilman Michael Trapp said there has been an increase in pedestrian fatalities recently.

“We’ve had eight pedestrians who have been killed in accidents, so a Vision Zero policy statement says that crashes are preventable and no loss of human life is acceptable in a crash,” he said.

“Certainly, eight deaths is way too high. That’s more than we’ve lost in homicides in the history of Columbia,” Trapp said. “If there were eight homicide deaths people would be up in arms and yet we lose eight people to traffic fatalities every year.”

The policy started in New York City and Thomas said cities like Seattle and San Francisco followed suit. He said cities have seen a drop in both motorist and pedestrian accidents. Now, smaller cities like Columbia, Ann Arbor, Mich. and Eugene, Ore. have looked to adopt similar measures in the last year.

“Columbia’s Vision Zero's policy will assert three things," Thomas said. “Firstly, safety is the most important factor in designing and operating transportation systems. Secondly, that traffic deaths and serious injuries are preventable and therefore they are ethically unacceptable, and thirdly, we should design and operate our roadway systems so that people can make mistakes and not die or kill somebody else for it.”

The council added Vision Zero makes changes as far as education, enforcement and engineering to ensure that no one is killed in a traffic fatality.

The cost of this program has not yet been determined, but a piece of the funding for this plan includes creating a new budget that would go specifically to safety programs.

“One percent of those projects would be set aside to improve pedestrian, motorist and bicycle safety so we can make engineering changes that are going to reduce the chances at loss of life,” Trapp said.

 

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS — St. Louis County Executive Sam Page on Wednesday asked protesters who didn't wear masks or socially distance... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, June 03 2020 Jun 3, 2020 Wednesday, June 03, 2020 9:53:18 PM CDT June 03, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA —You've probably heard the saying "stick to sports." As protests against George Floyd's death spread across the country,... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, June 03 2020 Jun 3, 2020 Wednesday, June 03, 2020 8:35:00 PM CDT June 03, 2020 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Over the past week, the Columbia community has created lists of local black-owned businesses to support all over... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, June 03 2020 Jun 3, 2020 Wednesday, June 03, 2020 6:02:00 PM CDT June 03, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The oncology clinic at the MU Women and Children's Hospital will be closing on July 31. Families of... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, June 03 2020 Jun 3, 2020 Wednesday, June 03, 2020 2:25:00 PM CDT June 03, 2020 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA -- Pat Fowler was elected to the First Ward City Council seat on Tuesday night. She enters the seat... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, June 03 2020 Jun 3, 2020 Wednesday, June 03, 2020 2:21:00 PM CDT June 03, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, June 03 2020 Jun 3, 2020 Wednesday, June 03, 2020 2:00:00 PM CDT June 03, 2020 in News
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors are charging a Minneapolis police officer accused of pressing his knee against George Floyd’s neck with... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, June 03 2020 Jun 3, 2020 Wednesday, June 03, 2020 1:44:00 PM CDT June 03, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A retired police captain who died during a night of violent protests was trying to protect... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, June 03 2020 Jun 3, 2020 Wednesday, June 03, 2020 12:38:00 PM CDT June 03, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS - According to a tweet posted Tuesday night on the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Twitter, a bullet pierced... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, June 03 2020 Jun 3, 2020 Wednesday, June 03, 2020 9:09:00 AM CDT June 03, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. You can find... More >>
20 hours ago Wednesday, June 03 2020 Jun 3, 2020 Wednesday, June 03, 2020 7:48:00 AM CDT June 03, 2020 in Top Stories
COLE COUNTY - The Cole County Crisis Negotiation Team and SWAT took one subject into custody after a barricade in... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, June 03 2020 Jun 3, 2020 Wednesday, June 03, 2020 6:10:00 AM CDT June 03, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Tuesday was the rescheduled municipal election from April. The election was initially postponed due to Coronavirus concerns. ... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 10:25:00 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) — The Missouri Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a man imprisoned in a... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 10:18:01 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A 20-year-old Jefferson City man was arrested on suspicion of two different sodomy charges. The Fulton... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 10:05:00 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A 25-year-old woman is sharing her story after she was hit by a car Monday during a protest... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 9:44:00 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Protests continued along Broadway in downtown Columbia Tuesday night. During the protest, Columbia police officers took a... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 9:34:00 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri judge has dismissed two lawsuits against a ballot proposal to expand Medicaid health care... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 8:51:39 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A coronavirus outbreak at a Kansas City paper plant has infected more than 200 people. ... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 8:45:51 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 67°
4am 66°
5am 67°
6am 68°
7am 70°