Houston to end traffic deaths by 2030, mayor vows

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Mayor Sylvester Turner is doubling down on making streets safer in Houston.

Turner signed a Vision Zero Executive Order, which sets a commitment to ending traffic deaths in the city by 2030.

The order requires the collaboration and leadership of city departments, public and private agencies, non-profiting groups and the community to develop a comprehensive and holistic Vision Zero strategy.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, traffic fatalities were up in Mayor Turner's first year and second year in office, before dropping last year.

In 2015, TXDOT says there were 192 fatal accidents. In 2016, the year Mayor Turner was sworn in, that number jumped to 237 and later came down to a total of 189 fatal accidents in 2018.

TXDOT data shows traffic deaths in the City of Houston are down 3% overall during Mayor Turner's term.

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