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Crash statistics tell a story

Friday, May 14, 2021 by Tai Moses

A Vision Zero StoryMap, created by the Transportation Department, “highlights the racial disparities in traffic crashes and injuries in Austin, touches upon the historical context and institutional factors that have contributed to and perpetuated these disparities and enumerates some of the ways the Vision Zero program will seek to advance racial equity in its transportation safety work.” That may seem like quite a mouthful, but essentially, the department has created a tool to help people understand that raw statistics about fatalities and injuries represent human beings with stories and histories. As ATD says, “The emotional toll and loss of quality of life resulting from these crashes for so many of our friends, family and neighbors is unacceptable.” If you or a family member or friend has been impacted by a traffic crash, consider sharing your story with the Vision Zero team. They want to hear from you.

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