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SAN ANTONIO (November 18, 2022) – The City of San Antonio and Vision Zero San Antonio (VZSA) will mark World Day of Remembrance, by lighting up the night at the City’s Public Safety headquarters. The glowing Public Safety tower at Unity Plaza will be bathed in yellow light to honor those who have lost their lives to traffic accidents.
“The yellow light of the pole represents the flame of the candle, lit to commemorate the victims and their families of road violence,” said Tomika Monterville, Director of the San Antonio Department of Transportation. “We recognize that one death is one too many.”
The United Nations chose the third Sunday of each year as the day to recognize the suffering and toll of traffic accidents and look for solutions. In San Antonio, friends and family members will remember loved ones while communicating the importance of preventing future deaths.
This year, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is joining VZSA to remember the day by lighting up the “wings” of its hospital, located next to the Spirit of Healing mural. The wing is 12 stories high and will be lit in yellow, visible from Milam Park.
“Making sure the children you love are buckled into a car safety seat at all times during all rides is critical to keeping your little ones out of harm’s way,” said Dr. Jendi Haug, associate trauma medical director for Children’s Hospital San Antonio. “This one commitment to their safety can save a child’s life. We ask families to make sure they know the appropriate car suspensions for all the different stages of childhood. We encourage you to use them on every ride, every time.”
San Antonio police have reported more than 41,000 accidents in the city limits in 2022, with 184 fatalities. As for our most vulnerable road users, 64 pedestrians and 9 cyclists have lost their lives so far this year. SAPD and Vision Zero SA are asking drivers to be vigilant, especially at night.
“Those who walk and cycle must stay alert and be aware of their surroundings when crossing busy streets. We remain committed to finding creative solutions to make our streets safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians,” Monterville added. “Our goal is zero deaths; no serious injuries.”
To highlight the day, Vision Zero San Antonio and the Department of Transportation are highlighting a number of safety projects, including:
- A three-month safety and education campaign along Culebra Road – one of the City’s most dangerous corridors for pedestrian and cyclist deaths.
- Educate kindergarten through high school students about the importance of safety behind the wheel and while on foot through National Walk, Bike and Roll to School Day and San Antonio Municipal Courts Week.