BOSTON (WWLP) – A program that aims to have ‘zero pedestrian fatalities by 2030’ started in Boston, is now making its way to cities all across the commonwealth.
Boston’s city government consolidated two departments to fully embrace the “Vision Zero” movement, and now they’re urging other municipalities in to join their efforts.
The city’s Public Works and Transportation Departments joined together to eliminate traffic, pedestrian and bicyclist crashes that result in severe injuries or death.
‘Vision Zero’ efforts are even being adopted by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno who told 22News that the city is working with the DPW, School, Police, and Planning Departments to educate the public how bicyclists and pedestrians are just as important vehicular traffic.
Mayor Sarno’s urging drivers to be mindful of traffic markings, and respect the rules of the road.
State lawmakers want to take pedestrian safety a step further by authorizing red light cameras in certain locations across Massachusetts.
The cameras would be able to record violations for speeding, running a red light, illegal turns and failing to stop for a school bus.
Under the “Vision Zero” program, lawmakers want to fine motorists $25 and put every offense on the operator’s driving record.