New Vision Zero plans aims to end traffic deaths

Portland city leaders have approved a new plan to cut down on traffic danger

Crash at SW 6th and Broadway, October 6 2016. (KOIN)
Crash at SW 6th and Broadway, October 6 2016. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland city leaders have approved a new plan to cut down on traffic danger.

So far Portland has seen 38 traffic related deaths in 2016, but the Vision Zero Action Plan aims to reduce those crashes in the next 9-10 years.

Traffic fatalities map 

The new plan consists of 30 steps that the Portland Bureau of Transportation hopes will decrease fatalities. Some of those steps include more enforcement of traffic laws at intersections where fatal crashes are common, more speed cameras and redesigned intersections.

The traffic cameras installed along Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy over the summer have decreased speeding by 90% in that area.

Cyclists at the City Council meeting said this is a positive step toward reducing speeds and making roads safer.

An illustration of several risk factors for crashes on Portland streets. (PBOT)
An illustration of several risk factors for crashes on Portland streets. (PBOT)