Vision Zero and the Safe Streets & Roads for All program

Vision Zero

Roadway safety is a major issue in the United States. Each year, over 40,000 people are killed in car accidents. To combat this problem, the current administration has approved the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) program. Over $1 billion will be given to local governments to combat safety issues.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is using the SS4A program to implement innovative traffic changes consistent with Vision Zero’s policies. Vision Zero is a different approach to traffic safety. Rather than relying on perfect driving, Vision Zero accounts for human failings when designing infrastructure. With speed management systems and new kinds of intersections, Vision Zero seeks to prevent fatal or severe crashes before they occur.

evening car crash in the woods

How do local communities receive funding for safe streets?

On a local level, small adaptations such as greater sidewalk and crosswalk visibility will make a substantial difference. The funding process is meant to be simple. To apply, local communities must submit a proposal explaining where the money will be used and how they will implement their Action Plan. Funding has already been provided to more than 500 communities and is inclusive to counties, towns, cities, and Tribal governments.

Does Virginia have roadway safety funding?

Yes. In fact, Virginia has had 18 applicants throughout the state and was granted a total of $7 million. The map below shows the locations in Virginia that have received funding. The greatest funding in the state includes the Richmond area, the City of Alexandria, Loudoun County, Prince William County, and Roanoke City.

Map of Virginia with blue spots showing the locations with roadway safety funding

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation

In the Richmond area, USDOT has awarded grants to Henrico County, Chesterfield County, and the City of Richmond. With 95 motor vehicle fatalities from 2016-2020, the City of Richmond received nearly $762,500 with the ultimate goal of improving speed management systems, lighting, and accessibility.From 2016-2020, Henrico experienced 120 fatalities and received $320,000 to build infrastructure to combat the issue. Although Chesterfield County saw 137 traffic fatalities, it received $40,000 less than Henrico County.

As more areas apply for grants, roadway safety will continue to improve until we hopefully reach Vision Zero’s ultimate goal of zero traffic-related deaths. If you have been injured in an auto accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Allen & Allen today for a free consultation at 866-957-4230.