Day of Action for Road Safety

Vision Zero's World Day of Remembrance on Nov. 18th, 2018 was incredibly impactful. 

What's next? Whether you've participated in the last three years of World Day of Remembrance actions in Boston, or you're new to this community, our upcoming Day of Action gives you an opportunity to make an impact. When we turn our grief and anger into action, our voices have power and we can collectively make change happen.

Please join us for a Day of Action at the State House  on the morning of Wednesday, January 23rd. We'll go door-to-door and ask our representatives and senators to support three key traffic safety bills. This legislation will save lives, reduce injuries, and bring us closer to Vision Zero. Read more about these bills below.

Event Details:
Day of Action at the State House
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
@ Massachusetts State House, Room 437
24 Beacon Street, Boston 

Schedule:
9:30 - 10:00 am | Arrive, check in, enjoy coffee + light breakfast
10:00 - 10:30 am | Program 

    • Welcome | Stacy Thompson, LivableStreets
    • Opening Remarks | Governor Charlie Baker
    • Why we’re here/ Victim’s Impact |
      • Hunter Levitan
      • Mackenzie Raimond, SADD
      • Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast
      • Representative, Children’s Hospital
    • Legislators | 
      • Senator Brownsberger
      • Senator Montigny
      • Rep. Hecht
      • Rep. Rogers
    • Explanation of bills |
      • Hands Free | Emily Stein, Safe Roads Alliance
      • Automated Enforcement | Wendy Landman, WalkBoston
      • An Act to reduce traffic fatalities | Becca Wolfson, Boston Cyclists Union
    • Call to Action | Stacy Thompson

10:30 - 12:00 | Meetings with legislative offices

Training materials and talking points will be provided day of. Even if you can't commit to the full morning, you are welcome to join us for any part of the schedule! 

 RSVP for Day of Action

Priorities for Traffic Safety Legislation:

  1. Hands-free -- this bill will improve the current law against texting-while-driving, which is difficult for officers to enforce, by requiring any use of mobile devices while driving to be hands-free.
  2. Automated enforcement -- this bill will allow red light cameras and speed cameras to be placed in certain locations in the Commonwealth. When enacted in other states, automated enforcement has reduced speeding and serious crashes.
  3. An Act to reduce traffic fatalities -- this bill would achieve several traffic safety goals including equipping state-contracted trucks with safety side guards, setting a safe passing distance of at least three feet, lowering speed limits on state roads, and more.

Traffic fatalities are unacceptably high in Massachusetts, and we know that crashes are not accidents - they’re the tragic, preventable results of inadequate planning, policy, and unsafe behavior. 

Help us spread the word about the Day of Action to your contacts by sharing this email, and via social media before and during the event using these hashtags: #crashnotaccident #visionzero #textlesslivemore

Please RSVP here by Monday, January 21. For more information, contact Emily Stein, Safe Roads Alliance emily@saferoadsalliance.org.

We hope to see you there! 

We encourage you to share this event on social media! Feel free to personalize, or use the following template: 

"Join me and the MA Vision Zero Coalition on January 23rd at the MA State House for a Day of Action for Road Safety. https://www.visionzerocoalition.org/day_of_action18 #VisionZero #safetyoverspeed #crashnotaccident"