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Itasca, IL – The Road to Zero Coalition, managed by the National Safety Council, is pleased to announce the recipients of the second annual Safe System Innovation Grants through the Road to Zero initiative. The grants are awarded to organizations with innovative approaches to make roadways safer and eliminate preventable roadway deaths – the mission of the
Road to Zero initiative.
indicate that as many as 40,000 people were killed last year in motor vehicle crashes, underscoring the need to act urgently," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "We had an impressive pool of applicants, but the creativity and carefully considered strategies of the grant recipients set them apart. We look forward to working with them on our shared journey toward zero deaths."
Grant recipients are:
To qualify for a Safe System Innovation Grant, an organization must clearly explain how its program will improve safety on the roadways, set a timeframe for the reduction, outline how the program will be evaluated and detail how the organization intends to reach its target audience, among other elements.
The Road to Zero initiative was launched in October 2016 as a joint effort between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and NSC. The goal is to eliminate roadway deaths by 2050. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at the Department of Transportation committed $3 million – $1 million annually from 2017-2019 – to fund Safe System Innovation Grants, and NSC is managing the grant process.
Grant applications were rated by officials at the Department of Transportation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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