The Vision Zero Commitment in Prince George's County

The Maryland county is launching a traffic safety program, but much work and many changes are needed to eliminate traffic fatalities.

October 12, 2019, 5:00 AM PDT

By Camille Fink


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Prince George’s County, Maryland, is joining counties in the region that have adopted Vision Zero safety programs, writes Bryan Barnett-Woods. The county is using a framework called the "Six Es" that draws from other road safety programs such as Safe Routes to School.

"The Six E’s requires coordinating and implementing education, emergency response, engineering, enforcement, evaluation, and equity approaches," says Barnett-Woods. He takes a closer look at several aspects of the framework and what the county needs to put into place to achieve its Vision Zero goals.

For example, Barnett-Woods notes that the county has identified equity as an important part of safety, with a focus on low-income communities and the resources needed to improve safety. "The challenge for achieving equity is implementing policies, programs, and regulations that don’t treat each mode equally, but rather tailor laws and practices around each one to maximize safety for everyone on the road," he notes.

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