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:
- Implemented numerous measures to address issues such as occupant protection, impaired driving, and distracted driving.
- 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.
- 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.
- In 2021 launched the Baton Rouge Pedestrian and Bicycle Pedestrian Bicycle Safety Action Plan and Road Safety Assessments for ten locations in the city.
- 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.