Vision Zero

Vision Zero

The Vision Zero concept was created in Sweden in 1997 and is widely credited with significant reductions in fatal and severe collisions on Sweden’s roads. Vision Zero policies generally share six common principles:

  1. Transportation–related deaths and severe injuries are preventable and unacceptable.
  2. Human life takes priority over mobility and other objectives of the road system.
  3. Human error is inevitable. The transportation system should be designed to anticipate error so the consequences are not severe injury or death.
  4. People are inherently vulnerable, and speed is a fundamental predictor of crash survival. The transportation system should be designed for speeds that protect human life.
  5. Safe human behaviors, education and enforcement are essential contributors to a safe system.
  6. Policies at all levels of government need to align, making safety the highest priority for roadways.

The Montgomery County Council passed a resolution adopting Vision Zero in 2016 and committed to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries by 2030. To achieve this goal, Montgomery County developed a Vision Zero Two-Year Action Plan with specific activities and deadlines to advance the County toward Vision Zero. Upon completion of the two-year action plan, the County will put forth a ten-year action plan to achieve Vision Zero by 2030.

Last Updated: September 27, 2018