Vision Zero Watch California: San Jose launching $6.8M plan to reduce traffic-related deaths

The Bay Area’s largest city has launched a new plan aimed at reducing the rising amount of traffic-related deaths.

Tuesday night, the city council voted to allocate nearly $6.8 million toward its Vision Zero initiative over the next two years.

“It’s a priority all over the whole city,” said San Jose City Councilmember Raul Peralez. “One fatality is too many, and so that’s the whole goal for Vision Zero. Unfortunately, we’ve been moving in the wrong direction.”

The numbers have been on the rise. Sixty people died in a traffic-related incident on city streets last year.

Pedestrians accounted for nearly half of those cases.