Road To Zero Announces Safe System Innovation Grant Recipients

Winners share the Coalition’s mission of eliminating roadway deaths by 2050.

April 04, 2019

Itasca, IL – The Road to Zero Coalition, managed by the National Safety Council, is pleased to announce the recipients of the third annual Safe System Innovation Grants. 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.

“With as many as 40,000 people killed each year in motor vehicle crashes, now is the time for bold and innovative action,” said Nick Smith, interim president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “Once again, the selection panel had an impressive pool of applicants, but this year’s winners stood out because of their logic-based, proven strategies. We look forward to watching their progress on our shared journey to zero roadway deaths.”

Grant recipients are:

Organization NameInitiative
Clackamas County Department of Transportation and DevelopmentSafe System Approach to Rural Road to Zero
DraperEnabling Data-Driving Decisions for Improving Intersection Safety: Development and Pilot of Comprehensive Intersection Risk Exposure
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversitySharing the Road with Heavy Vehicles: Hands-on Demonstration with Teen Drivers
Sara’s Wish FoundationDoubling Down with Seatbelts – a Proven Technology: Reducing Fatalities and Injuries on Motorcoach Transportation
Nevada Highway PatrolIntelligent Traffic Management Sites
University of South Florida – Center for Urban Transportation ResearchShifting Public Narratives to Prevent Bicyclist and Pedestrian Deaths
City of North Miami BeachSafety Over Speed

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 the National Safety Council. The goal is to eliminate roadway deaths by 2050. The Department of Transportation committed $1 million annually from 2017 to 2019 and an additional $500,000 in 2018 to fund Safe System Innovation Grants, and the National Safety Council is managing the grant process.

For more information about the Road to Zero, please visit nsc.org/roadtozero.

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