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Advocacy

Our advocacy is focused in three areas: education, enforcement, and engineering.

Education

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Every year since 2014, we have gathered with Walk San Francisco and members of the Vision Zero Coalition for World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

This global event honors the millions of people hurt and killed in crashes, and offers a chance to stand in support of victims’ family members, friends, and loved ones.

The event also calls for action to end traffic violence. One call for action we are taking is asking City leaders and members of the media to pledge to use the word “crash” not “accident” when describing collisions. This helps make clear that these tragedies are preventable through better street design and policies that prioritize people’s safety over cars’ speed.

Read more about the 2018 World Day of Remembrance, and please join us in 2019.

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Enforcement

Automated Speed Enforcement Legislation

Families for Safe Streets members at San Francisco General Hospital at the announcement of Assembly Bill 342, also known as the Safe Streets Act of 2017.

Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE), also known as speed safety cameras, is a tool that’s been proven to significantly reduce speeding, as well as reduce severe and fatal crashes. Unfortunately, while ASE is currently used in 142 U.S. jurisdictions, it is still illegal in the State of California.

Families for Safe Streets is working with partners and legislators to change this. We see automated speed enforcement as an essential tool to achieve Vision Zero: ending all traffic-related deaths and serious injuries.

We successfully gained a sponsor for California’s first-ever automated speed enforcement bill, AB 342. Though the bill ultimately didn’t make it out of the Assembly Transportation Committee, it got further than many expected, and this effort will continue.

SF Vision Zero Crisis Response Team Protocol

It is essential that first responders and city agencies have a more coordinated and compassionate response to those who have lost loved ones in traffic violence. We have been working hard to develop, launch, and improve the protocol across all these entities through the SF Vision Zero Crisis Response Team Protocol.

Engineering

For too long, traffic deaths and severe injuries have been viewed as inevitable. Vision Zero challenges that notion by saying that no loss of life is acceptable on our streets. In fact, we can prevent these tragedies by taking a proactive, preventative approach that prioritizes traffic safety as a public health issue.

Engineering is a key piece of preventing traffic violence. We know streets can be engineered to dramatically reduce risk for all road users, which is why Families for Safe Streets advocates for streets that are designed to be Vision Zero streets.

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