The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is the transportation decision making body for Central Texas. Metropolitan planning organizations such as CAMPO are federally mandated to adopt periodic safety performance targets.
Every day four people die or suffer incapacitating injuries across our region, a much higher rate than many American metropolitan areas. This is something that we could actually fix.
Tonight, CAMPO’s Transportation Policy Board (TPB) will meet and vote on adopting the safety targets set in 2017 Strategic Highway Safety Plan published by the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT). The state plan aims for a slight reduction of 2% below an expected continuing increase in annual traffic deaths. We think sticking to an unambitious goal and accepting rising traffic deaths is an abdication of the moral responsibility our elected officials have to address this crisis.
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