https://preservedstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Preserved-Stories-logo-horizontal-1.png 0 0 Jaan Pill https://preservedstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Preserved-Stories-logo-horizontal-1.png Jaan Pill2014-05-25 14:33:282015-01-17 10:01:30Sweden’s Vision Zero campaign, adopted in 1997, seeks to eliminate roadway deaths and serious injuries
A May 13, 2014 New York Times article is entitled: A Safety Plan With Swedish Logic and City Smarts.
The opening paragraphs read:
- STOCKHOLM — The quest to eradicate serious crashes here began with a happy accident.
- In 1967, looking to conform to the roadway patterns of its European neighbors, the Swedish government converted its street traffic from left-hand to right-hand driving.
- To the bafflement of transportation planners, fatality rates immediately plummeted. Was it driver vigilance? The low speed limits imposed at first to ease the change? The broad public awareness campaign?
- The stewards of what are now considered the world’s safest roads have spent nearly a half-century trying to figure it out.
- “That was the first time we realized what clever measures could mean for traffic safety,” said Jan Söderström, a fledgling traffic engineer at the time. “It’s not really any advanced science.”
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