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#1 2021-12-15 09:04:35

RedFalcon
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Death Count 2021

Does anyone know where there is an accurate and up to date count of traffic fatalities for Austin?
Vision Zero has a counter, but it is not well maintained and usually a month behind.

We must be setting an all time high record this year.

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#2 2021-12-15 13:05:58

Darron
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Re: Death Count 2021

This KVUE article indicates we are at 106 as of Dec 10th (but now sure what data source they use).

Edit to add: "This is Austin's 106th fatal traffic crash of 2021, resulting in 115 fatalities this year. On this date last year, there were 81 fatal crashes with 86 fatalities."

https://www.kvue.com/article/news/local … 8bc7a07ee4

Last edited by Darron (2021-12-15 13:07:56)

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#3 2022-03-03 09:50:55

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Re: Death Count 2021

Traffic deaths increased 26% in Austin from 2020, and 32% from 2019, mirroring national trend.

https://communityimpact.com/austin/nort … k-ongoing/

And VisionZero thinks we can achieve zero traffic deaths.  Not in a culture of selfishness, we can't.

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#4 2022-03-03 12:33:56

trentsky
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Re: Death Count 2021

Such articles cite speeding and other violations for this trend, but I'd be interested in stats describing the changing character of the vehicles on our roads. Slate had an article the other day discussing the rise in "megatrucks" and "monster SUVs":

https://slate.com/business/2022/02/suvs … uy-em.html

"The drivers who just love the feeling of being way up off the ground, of having a front end that intimidates other cars, of being big? Just remember this. You’ve made a choice, and that choice tells your community that you are absolutely, totally, 100 percent comfortable with killing someone. How will you feel the day you actually do?"

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#5 2022-03-03 18:59:08

MichaelBluejay
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Re: Death Count 2021

Thanks for sharing that, trentsky.

I remember Amy Babich said something similar about the ethics of choosing big SUVs to be the victor in a collision.  It might have been in Bike Like U Mean It.

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