SAN ANTONIO — Vision Zero San Antonio will join communities around the world in remembering victims of roadway crashes as part of World Day of Remembrance on Sunday, November 18.
- Signs installed along Culebra Road
- Vision Zero goal to have zero fatalities
- City officials show support of effort
As of October 31, there have been 122 fatalities in San Antonio this year. This number is higher than last year’s total of 114 fatalities during the same time period.
To honor members of the community who have been killed, Vision Zero San Antonio will install a series of temporary signs that recognize WDR victims and also educate drivers that their decisions make a difference.
Signs will be installed along Culebra Road from Zarzamora to 28th Street, a corridor noted for having a high frequency of severe pedestrian injuries and fatalities.
“One of the most significant ways we can honor those who have lost their lives on San Antonio roadways is to educate others on safe driving, biking and walking practices,” Art Reinhardt, assistant director for the city of San Antonio’s Transportation & Capital Improvements department, said.
“Deaths caused by roadway crashes are sudden and traumatic, but are also avoidable. We want our community to understand the importance of traffic safety in order to prevent future deaths. Through placing these signs in an area that has a history of high traffic incidents, we can reach the community in a very tangible way,” he added.
Vision Zero’s goal is to achieve zero traffic fatalities on San Antonio roadways.
“Knowing that 122 people have died on our roads during the last 10 months is heartbreaking,” Shirley Gonzales, councilwoman for District 5 and Vision Zero advocate, said. “When people see the signs honoring World Day of Remembrance, my desire is for each person to take action to learn and practice safety in their own lives. Vision Zero is possible if we all work together.”
Reinhardt encouraged the community to visit the Vision Zero website and take the safety pledge, share photos of the signs and talk with friends and family about road safety.
World Day of Remembrance stories can be followed at #WDR2018.