Hundreds died in L.A. traffic crashes in 2021 and many more were severely injured

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Traffic safety advocates hold a “die-in” on the steps of L.A. City Hall in 2019 to protest the city’s lack of progress on Vision Zero. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

Traffic safety advocates hold a “die-in” on the steps of L.A. City Hall in 2019 to protest the city’s lack of progress on Vision Zero. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

Mayor Eric Garcetti’s goal of ending traffic deaths by 2025 looks increasingly unattainable following another year of rising fatalities and injuries caused by motorists.

According to Los Angeles Police Department data through Dec. 25, 289 people were killed in traffic collisions last year, 21% more than the same period in 2020 and 19% over the same period in 2019. A total of 1,465 people were severely injured, a 30% increase over the same period in 2020. The LAPD defines severely injured as needing to be transported from the collision.

The city’s streets are increasingly dangerous for pedestrians in particular, with 486 being severely injured by motorists — a 35% increase over 2020. Pedestrian deaths rose 6% to 128.

The numbers frustrate transportation advocates, who’ve long argued that Vision Zero — a program to end traffic deaths unveiled in 2015 by Garcetti — is underfunded and given a low priority by the mayor and City Hall leaders.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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