The primary mission of Vision Zero South Texas, as a grassroots advocacy movement, is to promote positive change to the Texas traffic system to reduce traffic deaths, year-over-year. To achieve this goal, Mr. James Bass, Executive Director of TxDOT, was first introduced to Lance Hamm’s presentation, “A Plan to Improve the Texas Traffic Safety System,” in July of 2018. With constructive criticism and common sense recommendations for improvement, this PLAN targeted two organizations for change; the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Texas Legislature (TxLege).
To effectively create change, the problem must be fully understood. Based on historical crash data, Texas traffic deaths are not decreasing year-over-year, and TxDOT and TxLege (as the two primary stakeholders with power and resources to affect change) do not have strong organizational processes in place to effectively manage the state’s effort to decrease traffic fatalities year-over-year.
Please navigate to the next page on this website, The Problem, to get a full explanation and specific examples of policies and practices that are continuing to enable the problem.
The Paradigm Shift
Graphic Source: VisionZeroNetwork.org
The Vision Zero South Texas website will attempt to educate all traffic safety stakeholders on the paradigm shift of using Vision Zero principles to affect change that results in fewer traffic deaths and serious injuries.
Vision Zero advocates desire to shift the focal point of responsibility of traffic deaths and serious injuries in traffic crashes away from road-users (individuals) and more toward the policies and systems of roadway designers and lawmakers (systems approach). Traffic crashes are inevitable because human error is inevitable, but the system (speed limits, proximity of opposite-direction traffic or traffic to pedestrians/bicyclists, fixed-objects near the roadway, etc.) can prevent vehicle crashes from becoming deadly.
As a major critic of TxDOT’s and TxLege’s traffic safety policies and practices, it is very important that Vision Zero South Texas promotes common sense solutions to reduce Texas traffic deaths year-over-year. This website will promote traffic safety recommendations made by Vision Zero Texas, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and other advocacy groups. Furthermore, this website will promote more recommendations from Vision Zero South Texas, all in an effort to reduce Texas traffic deaths and serious injuries, year-over-year.
Please navigate to The Solution/Agenda page of this website to fully understand our recommendations to reduce Texas traffic deaths year-over-year.
Please, read the letter, “A Call For Action” (http://visionzerosouthtexas.com/a-call-for-action/) and explore this website to fully understand the need for a Texas statewide transformational change to reduce traffic deaths year-over-year.
Vision Zero Core Principles
- Traffic deaths are preventable and unacceptable.
- Human life takes priority over mobility and other objectives of the traffic system.
- Human error is inevitable and unpredictable.
- The human body is inherently vulnerable and vehicle speed is the fundamental predictor of crash survival.
- Safe roadway design, safe road-user behaviors, education, safe/thorough enforcement, and safe/efficient emergency response are essential contributors to a safe traffic system.
- Policies at all levels of government need to align with making safety the highest priority for roadways.