BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has made it her goal to have zero fatalities and severe injuries on roads and streets by 2040.
Broome said on Thursday that the City-Parish will commit to cutting fatalities in half by 2030 and two-thirds by 2035.
“Our residents and businesses tell us safety is their biggest concern while using our streets,” Broome said in a press release. “That’s why City-Parish has undertaken a multi-year effort to reduce local road deaths and injuries that often exceed numbers experienced by other comparable municipalities.”
Since 2015, the City-Parish has completed the following:
- Addressed issues such as occupant protection, impaired driving, and distracted driving
- Used revenue from the 2018 voter-approved MOVEBR capital improvement program to redesign and rebuild roads
- Adopted the East Baton Rouge Parish Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan in 2020
- Launched the Baton Rouge Pedestrian and Bicycle Pedestrian Bicycle Safety Action Plan and Road Safety Assessments for ten locations in the city last year
- Made implementations of the pedestrian and bicycle master plan a key focus of the City-Parish this year
The City-Parish will partner with the Federal Highway Administration, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the Capital Region Planning Commission, and BREC, according to an official press release.