Fed Up With Rising Traffic Deaths, Protesters Hold “Die-In” at L.A. City Hall

Safe streets protesters held a “die-in” on the steps of City Hall Tuesday to condemn a lack of progress on traffic death reduction in Los Angeles.

Pedestrian and cyclist deaths are surging in Los Angeles, despite the mayor’s “Vision Zero” plan that aims to eliminate all traffic fatalities by 2025. Between 2015 and 2017, pedestrian deaths jumped 80%. 21 cyclists were killed in 2018 and that figure was already at 17 by Nov. 23 of this year.

About 30 people participated in the protest.

“We have all the tools and solutions to solve this crisis," Andres Quinche, who organized the demonstration, told LAist. "What we are lacking is the courage and the conviction from our city council members, our mayor, (and) the Department of Transportation to stand up and say that safety matters more than speed, and that someone's life is more valuable than a driver losing 10 seconds on their way to work."

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