Philly Vows to Slow Rising Traffic Fatality Rate with More Speed Enforcement — and Bikes

Philadelphia Police have said that drivers killed 25% more people this year than last, including people on foot, bike, or other drivers. PISC Senior Scholar, Erick Guerra, PhD weighs in on the issue in a recent WHYY news article. After the worst month for traffic deaths in four years, Philadelphia officials have rolled out a plan to reduce traffic deaths in the next five years — and ideally down to zero by the year 2030. University of Pennsylvania city planning professor Erick Guerra, who studies regional crash data, has attributed the spike in crash deaths to increased alcohol consumption and emptier streets more conducive to speeding — both side effects of the coronavirus pandemic. "People are drinking more during COVID so probably a high share are drunk. And people know there’s a higher consequence, so they run,” Guerra said. “The other reason is just speed…When there are less people on the road, you can go faster. And that really impacts the fatality rate.” The new Vision Zero plan has three main strategies to reduce driver related injury including more neighborhood slow zones, expanded automated speed enforcement, and hundreds of new Indego bike share stations.

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