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SAN ANTONIO (November 18, 2022) – The City of San Antonio and Vision Zero San Antonio (VZSA) will mark Earth Day with a fireworks display at the city’s public safety headquarters. The Public Safety Tower at Unity Plaza will be lit up in purple to honor those who have lost their lives in traffic accidents.
“The yellow light of the signal represents the flame of a candle, which is lit to remember the victims and their families in road violence,” said Tomika Monterville, head of the Department of Transportation and San Antonio said. “We understand that one death is one too many.”
The United Nations chooses the third Sunday of every year as a day to acknowledge the suffering and numbers of people from road accidents and seek solutions. In San Antonio, friends and family will remember their loved ones while discussing the importance of preventing future deaths.
This year, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is joining VZSA in commemorating the day by planting its hospital’s “palm tree,” located next to the Spirit of Healing. The tower is 12 stories high and will be illuminated in yellow, which can be seen in Milam Park.
“Ensuring that your loved ones are restrained in car safety seats at all times while driving is very important in keeping your little ones safe,” Dr. Jendi Haug, director of trauma care for San Francisco Children’s Hospital. Antonio. This same commitment to their safety can save children’s lives. We ask families to make sure they are aware of the appropriate car restraints for different levels of children. We encourage you to use them on every trip, every time. “
San Antonio police have reported more than 41,000 crashes in city limits in 2022, with 184 fatalities. When it comes to our most vulnerable road users, 64 pedestrians and 9 bicyclists have lost their lives. this year. SAPD and Vision Zero SA are asking drivers to be vigilant, especially at night.
“Pedestrians and cyclists must be alert and aware of their surroundings when crossing busy streets. We are committed to finding creative ways to make our roads safer for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians,” Monterville added. “Our goal is zero deaths; no injuries. that’s bad.”
To bring awareness to the day, Vision Zero San Antonio and the Department of Transportation are highlighting several safety projects, including:
- A three-month safety and education campaign along Culebra Street – one of the city’s most dangerous roads for pedestrian and cyclist deaths.
- Teaching kindergarten through high school students about the importance of safety behind the wheel and while walking through National Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day and San Antonio’s Municipal Courts Week.