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Posted on: September 8, 2022

MAYOR BROOME ANNOUNCES ZERO DEATH ROADWAY SAFETY GOAL AND INITIATIVE

Baton Rouge, LA – September 8, 2022 – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced today City-Parish’s commitment to a goal of zero fatalities and serious injuries on our roads and streets by 2040. 

To demonstrate progress to that goal, the City-Parish also will commit to cutting fatalities in half by 2030 and two-thirds by 2035.

“Our residents and businesses tell us safety is their biggest concern while using our streets,” Mayor Broome explained. “That’s why City-Parish has undertaken a multi-year effort to reduce local road deaths and injuries that often exceed numbers experienced by other comparable municipalities.”

Mayor Broome noted that since 2015, the City-Parish has completed the following:

  1. Implemented numerous measures to address issues such as occupant protection, impaired driving, and distracted driving.
  2. Used revenue from the 2018 voter-approved MOVEBR capital improvement program to redesign and rebuild roads, streets, and intersections, incorporating new and additional safety features.
  3. Prepared and adopted the East Baton Rouge Parish Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan in 2020 to ensure that the most vulnerable roadway users are also safe.
  4. In 2021 launched the Baton Rouge Pedestrian and Bicycle Pedestrian Bicycle Safety Action Plan and Road Safety Assessments for ten locations in the city.
  5. In 2022 made implementation of the pedestrian and bicycle master plan a key focus of the City-Parish comprehensive roadway improvements program.

To achieve its zero deaths vision, the City-Parish will partner with the Federal Highway Administration, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the Capital Region Planning Commission, and BREC.

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