MAYOR JERI MUOIO DECLARES APRIL 3, 2019 AS VISION ZERO FLORIDA DAY IN WPB
Mayor continues Vision Zero momentum with proclamation during March 25 Commission meeting
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 27, 2019) – According to West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, public awareness of the hazards of impaired and distracted driving has been increased through the collaborative efforts of the state government, national organizations, and the Vision Zero West Palm Beach team. This was according to a proclamation Mayor Muoio read at the March 25 City Commission meeting, which declared Wednesday, April 3 as Vision Zero Florida Day in West Palm Beach. The City launched its Vision Zero efforts in August 2018 and earlier this year announced that the City had already seen a more than 20 percent decline for crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists - 23 percent and 26.7 percent, respectively - from 2017 to 2018, which may be attributed to the newly launched initiative. The proclamation received attention from Governor Ron DeSantis’ office, as he personally applauded the City’s dedication to the elimination of injuries and fatalities on City roads.
“It was an honor to be able to launch the Vision Zero initiative on behalf of the City of West Palm Beach,” said Mayor Muoio. “In just a few short months, our Vision Zero team, the City’s engineering department and our community partners have collaborated to host events for people of all ages – including teens and older adults – so that our roads can be safer. I very much look forward to seeing what this team can continue to do as we work our way to our goal - zero serious injuries and fatalities as a result of traffic crashes on our streets.”
A Vision Zero approach involves a wide variety of methodologies to reduce the troubling traffic fatalities and serious injuries produced on roads daily. The method has been adopted in 34 cities in the United States, with many more abroad. Locally, Vision Zero West Palm Beach is a collaborative effort between internal and external community stakeholders. The City of West Palm Beach acts as connector to resources and experts, advancing a shared goal to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries on the streets of West Palm Beach. The City looks to achieve its goal through the “three Es” – engineering, whereby the City commits to design better streets; education, including public fairs and targeted outreach programs; and enforcement, which includes enforcement of traffic laws and review of policy changes.
By making April 3 Vision Zero Florida Day, the City is encouraging every individual to make a strong commitment to Vision Zero and the prevention of the loss of life by practicing safe driving practices and reminding others to be sober, drug free and safe on the road. The Vision Zero team will be doing just that also on April 3 when it hosts a crash reenactment at Forest Hill High School. The reenactment will be performed by student actors and include intense visuals, such as mangled cars, the Jaws of Life and the landing of a trauma helicopter. Vision Zero West Palm Beach is hosting three events in advance of prom to raise awareness of dangerous behaviors that lead to traffic fatalities. Another reenactment will be held at Palm Beach Lakes High School on April 9, and a safety fair will be held at Cardinal Newman High School on April 10.
The crash reenactments are hosted by Vision Zero West Palm Beach in collaboration with the Health Care District of Palm Beach County and St. Mary's Medical Center. This larger than life production is made possible because of the participation of the School District of Palm Beach County; the West Palm Beach Police Department; West Palm Beach Fire Rescue; LKQ Salvage; Kauff's Towing; Quattelbaum Funeral Home and the star of the show- the Traumahawk. The staff and student actors at both schools will give this recreation of a fatal car crash a familiar feel to the audience and will bring the messages of not driving impaired or distracted home.
For more information on Vision Zero West Palm Beach, visit www.wpb.org/visionzero, call (561) 822-2222, or email Tara Applebaum at firstname.lastname@example.org. For all City of West Palm Beach news and updates, follow the City of West Palm Beach on Facebook @CityofWPB and on Twitter and Instagram @westpalmbch.