ROCKVILLE, Md. — Montgomery County officials are exploring major transportation and policy changes to eliminate traffic-related deaths in coming years.
The Montgomery County Council has introduced the Vision Zero resolution to make it safer for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.
Similar projects have adopted by cities worldwide, including Washington, D.C. Through a combination of higher fines and changes to street engineering, Mayor Muriel Bowser wants to end D.C.’s traffic-related deaths by 2024.
It’s a bold plan for Montgomery County, but leaders say it’s possible.
“We need to look at fines, making them the kind of fines that can cause people to change their behavior and how they drive,” said Councilman Hans Riemer, who co-sponsored the county resolution. “We’re building bike networks, protected lane bike networks. We need to do more of that.”
More speed cameras, reduced speed limits, improved crosswalks, better intersection design and stricter penalties for impaired drivers are just some of the options leaders are considering.
The council will set a time frame to achieve these goals. Last year, 44 people were killed on county roads or state highways in Montgomery County.
Four people have been killed in the past two months, said Montgomery County Council Chairman Roger Berliner, a resolution co-sponsor.
Leaders say those deaths are preventable.
“Shame on us if we don’t take the steps to bring this under control,” said Councilman Marc Elrich.