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SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 14, 2018) — This Sunday, Vision Zero San Antonio will join communities around the world in remembering victims of roadway crashes as part of World Day of Remembrance (WDR). As of Oct. 31, there have been 122 fatalities on San Antonio roadways so far this year. Tragically, this number is higher than last year’s total of 114 fatalities during the same time period.
To honor members of the community who have been killed on San Antonio roadways, Vision Zero San Antonio is installing a series of temporary signs that recognize WDR victims and also educate drivers that their decisions make a difference. Signs will be installed November 18th, along Culebra Road from Zarzamora to 28th Street, a corridor noted for having a high frequency of severe pedestrian injuries and fatalities.
“One of the most significant ways we can honor those who have lost their lives on San Antonio roadways is to educate others on safe driving, biking and walking practices,” said Art Reinhardt, Assistant Director for the City of San Antonio’s Transportation & Capital Improvements department. “Deaths caused by roadway crashes are sudden and traumatic, but are also avoidable. We want our community to understand the importance of traffic safety in order to prevent future deaths. Through placing these signs in an area that has a history of high traffic incidents, we can reach the community in a very tangible way.”
“Knowing that 122 people have died on our roads during the last 10 months, is heartbreaking,” said Shirley Gonzales, Councilwoman for District 5 and Vision Zero advocate. “When people see the signs honoring World Day of Remembrance, my desire is for each person to take action to learn and practice safety in their own lives. Vision Zero is possible if we all work together.”
Vision Zero’s goal is to achieve zero traffic fatalities on San Antonio roadways. To help accomplish this, road safety tips are available at www.visionzerosa.com.
“We encourage the community to visit the Vision Zero website and take the Safety Pledge, share photos of the signs and talk with friends and family about road safety,” added Art Reinhardt. “Together, we can affect change. Together, we can achieve Vision Zero.”
World Day of Remembrance stories can be followed at #WDR2018.
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