November, 2018 – For Sam Lougheed’s mother and sister, the loss is still raw. Sam was one of 121 individuals killed this year (as of October 18) in Hillsborough County traffic crashes. The first annual Vision Zero Hillsborough Walk of Silence in memory of these victims was held Saturday, October 20 in downtown Tampa.
More than 75 survivors, family members, and activists gathered at Poe Plaza to paint pairs of shoes, representing each life lost, and then carried them to the Tampa Riverwalk where the victims’ names were read aloud. The moving ceremony concluded on the Platt Street Bridge with the shoes lined along the balustrade.
The Tampa Metro region is ranked as the 2nd deadliest for pedestrians in America, according to Smart Growth America. The Vision Zero movement is working to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by crashes to zero.