Vision Zero video story: How you can avoid death, injuries

Hillsborough County leads the U.S. in traffic-related pedestrian fatalities and injuries. Yes, you read that correctly. It's a challenging place to be a pedestrian or cyclist or driver trying to get almost anywhere.

Vision Zero Hillsborough is taking action with the goal of reducing traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero. One death or injury is too many.

Learn more about the Vision Zero movement, what we can do to make our streets safer, and how we can make our community an even better place to live in this video story by Julie Branaman.

The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization and Vision Zero Hillsborough Coalition will host a virtual Vision Zero Leadership Summit on Tuesday morning, September 22. The free summit will feature moderators, panelists, and elected officials from the Planning Commission, Hillsborough County Government, City of Tampa, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Tampa Police Department, and Hillsborough County Public Schools.

Experts will lead three panels and focus on the topics of land use and design, high visibility enforcement, and communications and engagement. Discussion will take place about how to avoid making decisions that require costly fixes later, best uses of law enforcement resources to deter the most dangerous traffic behaviors, and engaging the community and businesses to become champions for safe streets.

To learn more and register to participate online or by phone on Sept. 22, visit Vision Zero Leadership Summit.

You can also share your traffic experiences by participating in the Vision Zero High Injury Corridor Survey before Sept. 30.

Learn more about Vision Zero Hillsborough.

This video story was made possible with funding from the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization and Vision Zero Hillsborough Coalition.

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Julie Branaman is a Sustainable Environment Video Creator, Editor, and Multimedia Photojournalist pursuing new visual experiences around the nation. Now based in Los Angeles, she and her husband James founded The Branamans Video Production. Julie is the former Managing Photographer at 83 Degrees and once worked as a photographer at The Tampa Tribune,, and News Channel 8. Prior to arriving in the Tampa Bay Area, she freelanced in the Seattle area, working on national and international stories. She's a graduate of Western Kentucky University. When not making images, she and James are likely to be found hiking, kayaking, or snorkeling their way around California, Florida, Maine, the National Park System, and America's unique landscapes in between.