Automated enforcement technology is an important Vision Zero tool for improving safety on our streets

by Jessica Vargas on February 2, 2018

Action Alert: The Denver Vision Zero Coalition needs your support to oppose House Bill 1072 that will ban the use of photo red light and photo speed enforcement in Colorado

Last year at our Valentine’s Day Love-In, the Vision Zero Coalition launched the Safe Speeds for Denver campaign, calling upon the City to address the inherent dangers of unsafe speeds. Thanks to our advocacy, Denver’s Vision Zero Action Plan includes a strong emphasis on speed management, including increased use of automated enforcement along the High Injury Network, the 5% of Denver streets where half of all traffic fatalities occur. The City’s ability to implement such a strategy is now in jeopardy, thanks to the Colorado state legislature: House Bill 18-1072 would ban municipalities from using photo speed enforcement and red light cameras – technology proven to save lives. The passage of this bill would be a huge setback for Denver’s efforts to reduce deadly vehicle speeds.

This Valentine’s Day, there are two ways you can show your love for safe streets by helping the Vision Zero Coalition oppose this bill:

1. Send an e-mail to your representative at the state legislature

Visit the WalkDenver Action Center page to send a message to your representatives urging them to say NO to House Bill 18-1072.

2. Testify at the public hearing on February 14

The Vision Zero Coalition will be attending the 1:30 pm hearing for the bill on February 14 with other concerned voters to testify against the bill. If you would like to join us and voice your opposition at the hearing, contact Jessica Vargas. Never testified at a public hearing before? We have organized a training session on Wednesday, February 7 at 6pm to help you prepare. We will be meeting at at 1410 Grant Street, Suite C306.

Decades of research have found that drivers traveling at higher speeds are less likely to see someone walking or biking, are less likely to yield, have less time to stop, and if a crash occurs, it is much more likely to be fatal. A pedestrian struck by a car traveling 40 mph has a 73% chance of dying or suffering a life-altering serious injury, compared to only a 13% chance if the car is traveling 20 mph.

Source: Denver Vision Zero Action Plan

 

Automated enforcement is a proven technique used worldwide to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities, and when deployed effectively actually results in fewer citations as safer travel speeds and behaviors become the norm. A review of 28 U.S. and international studies found in areas with speed cameras:

  • All crashes decreased 8% – 49%
  • Injury crashes decreased 8% – 50%
  • Fatalities and serious injuries decreased 11% – 44%

Show your love for safe streets!

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