Want to know more about traffic incidents in your area? This week we launched the #VisionZero portal, where you can find info on traffic incidents throughout the City and learn about our solutions to make #SanDiego streets safe for all. Visit https://t.co/rONpl0rqZq pic.twitter.com/Xk7dMG4JpT
— City of San Diego (@CityofSanDiego) June 26, 2018
**Update July 9, 2018
While it is really great we finally have our own Vision Zero San Diego website and portal, unfortunately the data posted on launch was very misleading and greatly understated the actual fatalities in 2016 which were actually about twice as many. Mistakes like this won’t help use data to identify the main dangerous streets and improve our roads with a priority of focusing on where most people are getting hurt and killed.
According to KPBS,
The city’s webpage, which was launched in May, states there were 33 traffic deaths in 2016 and 21 deaths in 2017. Police data show the number in 2016 was actually 64 — more than twice what the webpage states — and that 2017 actually saw 35 traffic deaths.
Another section of the webpage includes three public service announcement videos produced by the city, each one stating there had been 37 traffic deaths in 2017.
To add emphasis to how dangerous our roads are, and why we need the Vision Zero data to prioritize fixing our streets, another KPBS story published June 23, 2017, “In San Diego, Cars Are Deadlier Than Guns”
In pure numbers, more people die from car crashes in San Diego than are murdered. The city’s police department counted 260 traffic deaths on city streets from 2012 to 2016, and 206 murders over the same time period. Adding in the number of people who die on San Diego freeways, which are governed by Caltrans, there were more than twice as many traffic deaths as there were murders.