River has been named the first North Dakota Vision Zero Community.
Vision Zero is North Dakota’s strategy to eliminate motor vehicle crash
fatalities and serious injuries.
announcement is from officials representing the lead Vision Zero
agencies - the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT), the North
Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP)
- as part of Walsh County Road Day hosted by the North Dakota State University
Local Transportation Assistance Program (LTAP).
Park River was motivated to enhance traffic safety efforts after
two fatal crashes occurred in their area. The NDDOT and Park River
officials engaged community safety professionals in a meeting to discuss safety
solutions earlier this year. “Park River’s mobilization to improve safety is a
significant factor in our decision to select them as North Dakota’s first Vision
Zero Community,” said Tom Sorel, NDDOT Director.
As a Vision Zero Community, Park River agrees to work
toward zero motor vehicle crash fatalities and serious injuries in the
community. Park River
will develop a coalition to implement evidence-based strategies proven to
reduce motor vehicle crashes including: widespread public
education/outreach; implementing policies that support driver and passenger
safety; high visibility enforcement of existing laws; technology advancements;
and infrastructure/road safety improvements.
designation will allow Park River to receive technical assistance and support
through the lead Vision Zero agencies and other Vision Zero
partners to achieve the zero goal.
“We don’t want to lose another community
member to a motor vehicle crash. We look forward to working toward the zero
goal and appreciate the assistance we will receive through Vision Zero
partners to do this,” said Park River Mayor Dan Stenvold.
recognizing Park River as a Vision Zero Community will be placed near
city entrance areas.