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57 silhouettes represent 57 killed in Tucson traffic crashes

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Tucson drivers might notice some new additions to local streets.

Fifty-seven cardboard cut-outs of human silhouettes have been placed in fifty-three different locations around the city. They represent the fifty-seven lives lost in traffic crashes this year.

Local group, Living Streets Alliance, is behind the project. The goal is to bring awareness to the prevalence of these crashes.

“This is to try to bring awareness to the fact that we're losing our loved ones to crashes and that there's something we can do about it,” said Living Streets Alliance Executive Director, Emily Yetman. “It goes largely unnoticed, but not to the people who are losing loved ones very suddenly, very tragically, around our community.”

Yetman believes the silhouettes will lead to a conversation, and hopefully that conversation will lead to a solution.

“A big part of it has to do with the way we design our roadways, and the way we prioritize safety in the way we design those roads,” she said. “So there's a lot we can do to make sure those streets are safe for everyone using them.”

Of those 57 deaths, 26 were pedestrians, 19 were motorists, 11 were riding a motorcycle and 1 was riding a bicycle.

The group will be holding a vigil on Sunday, November 19, which is World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. It will take place at Tucson City Hall at 4:30 p.m.

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