Editorial: Too many people died in D.C. traffic crashes in 2018. We can do better in 2019. (Vision Zero Watch)

The number of 2018 traffic deaths represents more than a 13 percent increase over 2017 and is also up from the 28 fatalities in 2016 and the 26 fatalities in 2015. The District is not alone in seeing increases (Fairfax County, for example, also saw an uptick this year), but the numbers are troubling given Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s much-ballyhooed launch almost four years ago of a Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries. Modeled after a pioneering Swedish program begun in 1997, the initiative’s goal is to end traffic deaths by 2024 through the use of traffic-calming strategies such as redesigned streets, revamped intersections and lowered speed limits. New York City launched Vision Zero in 2014 and is on course to set a 100-year low in traffic fatalities in 2018, the fifth year in a row that traffic deaths have fallen.