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Itasca, IL – The Road to Zero Coalition, managed by the National Safety Council, is pleased to announce three additional 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. Eight winners were announced in late March, and funding for three more recipients is made possible through funds from the Federal Highway Administration.
The announcement comes just as the report, A Road to Zero: A vision for achieving zero roadway deaths by 2050, is released, providing a roadmap for eliminating fatalities and saving lives in the next 30 years.
“Preliminary estimates indicate that as many as 40,000 people were killed last year in motor vehicle crashes, underscoring the need to act urgently," NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman said. "We are grateful to be able to recognize three more deserving organizations and look forward to working with them on our shared journey toward zero deaths."
The three organizations receiving grants through the new funding from FHWA 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. The Federal Highway Administration committed an additional $500,000 in 2018 to specifically fund these three additional grant recipients.
For more information about the Road to Zero, please visit nsc.org/roadtozero. Learn more about the other eight grant recipients for 2018 here.
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The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Founded in 1913, NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact.