County Executive’s Message
Suffolk County, with a growing population of more than 1.5 million residents, has been the scene of too many tragic traffic fatalities and serious injuries. Each has shaken our community, shattered lives and created a desperate need for a solution. Between 2017 and 2021, 546 people have died while walking, bicycling, riding a motorcycle or driving in Suffolk County - more than any other County in New York State during the same time period. These victims are our family members, our friends and our neighbors.
Public Safety is the highest responsibility of a County Executive, which is why I am committed to a new Vision Zero Plan for Suffolk County. Our ultimate goal: Zero traffic-related deaths and serious injuries on County roadways by 2035.
Vision Zero is a multi-national road traffic safety program that aims to achieve a roadway system with ZERO fatalities or serious injuries. It is a change from the traditional cost-benefit or economic based models used to measure acceptable risks from traffic crashes.
We need to make Suffolk County’s streets and transportation facilities safe for everyone – no matter where they live in the County, and no matter their choice to walk, bike, drive or take transit. Every traffic death and serious injury is unacceptable and preventable, and safety must be the most important consideration for every County Roadway.
The Suffolk County Vision Zero plan will represent significant collaboration with all levels of government including County agencies, State partners, Towns, Villages, Community Organizations and Suffolk County residents.
The key components for the Suffolk County Vision Zero Action Plan focus on four priority areas:
- Leadership and Commitment;
- Equity and Engagement;
- Safe Roadways and Safe Speeds;
- Data-Driven Approach, Transparency, and Accountability.
These actions will accelerate the projects, policies and programs to move more people, more safely and more efficiently. Investing in traffic safety makes our communities safer, more equitable, and accessible—and puts more opportunities within reach of residents in every neighborhood. Suffolk County is committed to reducing traffic deaths and severe injuries—and will work urgently to achieve this goal.