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Mapping safety

Vision Zero is the District’s repository for transportation safety data. Here you will find analysis and data visualizations updated regularly. To perform your own analysis, download raw data from the District’s Open Data Portal: opendata.dc.gov. Use the search term “Vision Zero” to find related data sets.

a fresh look at safety

During the planning process for Vision Zero, District agencies gained a fresh perspective on our safety data. The geospatial analysis below demonstrates our approach to data-driven decision making. By compiling crash statistics, enforcement information, traffic counts, and other characteristics of our built environment, we will discover important trends and tendencies.

Steps to Report a Safety Issue

Go to the Safety Map.

Access our safety map
from your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Identify the location.

Click on the location
where you saw the
hazardous issue.

Describe the issue.

Fill out the form to indicate the type of issue and provide any other relevant detail.

Safety Map Open Data

District data

In the past 5 years, the District of Columbia has averaged 26 traffic fatalities and 1,600 serious traffic injuries.

All data reported below is between 2009 and 2013.

The District is divided into eight wards, each with approximately 75,000 residents

 763,400 persons work in the District

The District has 1,153 road miles: 60 percent are local roads, 15 percent are minor arterials, 13 percent are collectors, 8 percent are principal arterials, and 5 percent are classified as freeways and expressways. The District’s roadway system includes 245 vehicular and pedestrian bridges, and approximately 7,700 intersections (of which more than 1,678 are signalized). More than 500 of these signalized intersections are located within the downtown area―the rest are located on major arterial corridors

There are 14 hospitals and 4 accredited
(DC) trauma centers
in the District.

53 impairment-involved traffic fatalities (38 percent of all traffic fatalities)

265 impairment-involved serious injuries (3 percent of all serious injuries)

70 aggressive driving-related traffic fatalities
(51 percent of all traffic fatalities)

1,540 aggressive driving-related serious injuries (19 percent of all serious injuries)

 49 signalized intersection-related traffic fatalities (36 percent of all traffic fatalities)

3,299 signalized intersection-related serious injuries (40 percent of all serious injuries)

22 young driver 
(16–24 years) involved traffic fatalities
(16 percent of all
traffic fatalities)

1,465 young driver (16–24 years) involved serious injuries
(18 percent of all serious injuries)

7 motor vehicle-related bicyclist fatalities (5 percent
of all traffic fatalities)

1,202 motor vehicle-related bicyclist serious injuries
(15 percent of all serious injuries)

4 work zone-related traffic fatalities
(3 percent of all traffic fatalities)

339 work zone-related serious injuries
(4 percent of all serious injuries)

Based on the DMV data (2014), more than 75 percent of the District population (age group 15 and over)are licensed drivers

4 STOP-controlled intersection-related traffic fatalities
(3 percent of all
traffic fatalities)

 809 STOP-controlled-related serious injuries
(10 percent of all serious injuries)

 61 motor vehicle-related pedestrian fatalities (44 percent of all
traffic fatalities)

1,613 motor vehicle-related pedestrian serious injuries (20
percent of all serious injuries)

A significant percentage of the District workforce commutes from the neighboring States of Virginia and Maryland, whose drivers (together) are involved in more than 40 percent of all crashes occurring in the District. Solving the District’s crash problem is thus a regional issue

23 unbelted traffic fatalities
(17 percent of all traffic fatalities)

568 unbelted serious injuries
(7 percent of all serious injuries)

10 large truck-related traffic fatalities
(7 percent of all traffic fatalities)

273 large truck-related serious injuries (3 percent of all serious injuries)

9 older drivers involved in traffic fatalities (7 percent of all traffic fatalities)

559 older drivers involved in serious injuries
(7 percent of all serious injuries).

16 motorcycle-related 
traffic fatalities
(12 percent
of all traffic fatalities)

515 motorcycle-related serious injuries (6 percent
of all serious injuries)

Multiple entities report crashes when they occur in the District. In addition to Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers, the US Secret Service, The US Capitol Police, and The US Park Police respond to crashes. The overwhelming majority of crash reports are written by MPD officers (>90 percent)

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