October 17, 2022

Safety Vests Signify Commitment to a Better Roadway System

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By

Tim Parnell

Fort Worth Mayor Pro Tem Gyna Bivens and other members of the Regional Transportation Council were recently presented with safety vests to symbolize their commitment to improving safety across the transportation network.

The vests were distributed at the September RTC meeting and can be worn throughout the region as members visit various transportation sites to show their support for a roadway system that prioritizes safety.

Last summer, Bivens was elected vice-chair of the Regional Transportation Council and is helping lead the 44-member transportation policymaking body for the next year. Bivens, who represents Council District 5 in Fort Worth, has served on the Regional Transportation Council since August 2021.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments has made reducing serious or fatal crashes in North Texas a top priority through Drive Aware North Texas and other efforts. To further demonstrate its commitment, the RTC is set to consider approval of a $50 million Management, Operations, Air Quality and Safety Program that will fund initiatives intended to make the system safer for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.

The RTC has a stated position that even one death on the transportation system is unacceptable and is working closely with the Texas Department of Transportation and the state’s other metropolitan planning organizations to develop solutions that will make roads less dangerous.

The hope is that this funding and the overall commitment shown by the RTC will help reverse the trajectory of fatality rates on the transportation system and provide the people of North Texas a safer way to travel.

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