Executive order to adopt the Vision Zero Plan
Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman signed an executive order to adopt the Anne Arundel County Vision Zero Plan.
“When it comes to saving lives, our administration brings all relevant state and federal agencies, communities and partners to the table,” said County Executive Pittman. “That is the effort that has been entrusted to our Transportation Office with Vision Zero.”
Between 2016 and 2020, there were many deaths and 1,311 serious injuries in Anne Arundel County. Among Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions, Anne Arundel ranked third in fatalities and fifth in serious injuries from motor vehicle-related accidents. Both the County General Development Plan, Plan 2040 such as the County Transportation Master Plan, MoveAnneArundel! called for the adoption of a Vision Zero Plan.
“Vision Zero is a data-driven approach to eliminating deaths and serious injuries on our roadways,” said Sam Snead, Director of the Office of Transportation. “This plan allows all agencies to meet regularly to develop strategies and share information to work toward a common goal. The collaborative effort reduces duplication and siled work, resulting in a cohesive and more effective outcome. ”
This plan brings together people from multiple government agencies to work together to develop, implement, and track performance of strategies. Over the past year and a half, the Vision Zero steering committee, through intense data analysis, has worked to identify the types of accidents that occur and then categorize them under what is known in the industry as the four E’s: Engineering, Compliance, Engagement/Education and Emergency Services, as well as two general “Es”, Equity and Evaluation.
Committee members include representatives from Anne Arundel County:
Department of Public Works
Office of Planning and Zoning
Fire Department/Emergency Management Services
External partners on the committee include representatives from:
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration
City of Annapolis
Office of Highway Safety of the Motor Vehicle Administration
Maryland Transportation Authority
Baltimore Metropolitan Council
“We are excited to see Anne Arundel County implement a local traffic safety plan in alignment with the state’s strategic plan and look forward to continuing to provide the support and tools they need to achieve their goals,” said Chrissy Nizer, MDOT Administrator. MVA, who also serves as Governor Larry Hogan’s traffic safety representative. “By incorporating a localized approach to Vision Zero planning, we are creating a comprehensive system, working with our federal partners, as well as leaders at the county and state levels, to help make our roadways safer for all users, reducing accidents and fatalities. ”
Meeting the goals of Plan 2040 and Move Anne Arundel, the Vision Zero plan included a variety of county and state stakeholders dedicated to eliminating fatal or serious injuries through road engineering, educational campaigns such as “Look Alive”, compliance programs, such as Click it or Ticket, and emergency medical services.
“Anne Arundel County is taking a strong stand to make safety a top priority, and we are grateful for the hard work and collaboration in the county and throughout the region to reduce injuries and fatalities on our roadways,” Michael B. Kelly, Baltimore Metropolitan Executive Director of the Council. “We congratulate Anne Arundel for developing this Vision Zero plan and we will continue to support all road safety efforts with our partners.”
By signing this Executive Order, Anne Arundel County joins the State of Maryland and other counties in Maryland, including Prince Georges, Montgomery, Harford, Cecil, Baltimore, and the City of Baltimore, in committing to zero deaths and serious injuries. on our roads through the Vision Zero strategy. In doing so, we position ourselves to receive federal and state grant funds to support implementation of the Plan and fund safety-related projects.
The plan is available in www.aacounty.org/visionzero .