May 2018

Announcing the RTZ Coalition Report

With the release of The Road to Zero: A Vision for Achieving Zero Roadway Deaths by 2050, we now have an outline for how to accomplish our goal. Key coalition actions include promoting this report and the three priority areas that will help to reach zero roadway deaths:

  • Double Down on What Works: Advance proven countermeasures to maximize their effectiveness
  • Accelerate Technology: Existing and future technologies in vehicles and infrastructure can save lives
  • Prioritize Safety: Create a Safe System approach and instill a strong sense of safety culture in our decision-making at the national, organizational and individual level

To help you promote the report and these three approaches, we have put together a number of resources. You can read the report and get access to stock social media posts and a press release template at

Next Meeting and New Grant Winners

We are pleased to announce three additional recipients of the second annual Safe System Innovation Grants. Eight winners were announced in late March, and funding for three additional recipients was made possible through an additional $500,000 in funds from the Federal Highway Administration.

Receiving grants through the new funding from FHWA are:

  • Institute of Transportation Engineers in partnership with Vision Zero Network: Moving from Conversation to Action – A Scalable Training Resource on Speed Management
  • National Complete Streets Coalition/Smart Growth America: Safe Street, Smart Cities Academy
  • University of Michigan: Addressing Socioeconomic Disparities in Motor-Vehicle Fatalities

Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you to everyone who applied. Your work is making a difference on the road to zero!

The next Road to Zero Coalition meeting takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. June 28 at the National Transportation Safety Board Conference Center, 420 10th St. SW, Washington, D.C. This meeting is later in the day so our west coast members can join us on the webcast. Register here; the meeting will also be available via webcast.

Road Safety Professional Certification Launching October 2018

The Transportation Professional Certification Board, Inc., has collaborated with a wide array of transportation- and safety-related organizations in the U.S. and Canada to develop and launch a new Road Safety Professional certification.

The certification, which has two levels, seeks to recognize road safety as a profession, to establish a recognized level of practice and knowledge, and to incentivize safety education. The RSP represents an important step forward for the safety profession by providing a way for professionals involved in a wide array of safety-related disciplines to establish their competency in providing for the safety of the traveling public.

Level 1 RSP certification is for a broad audience of professionals who make decisions or take actions that potentially impact the safety of the traveling public and includes those in the engineering, motor vehicle, behavioral, law enforcement and emergency response communities. The first Level 1 exam will take place in October 2018, with the application period beginning June 15, 2018. Level 2 certification, scheduled to launch in late 2019, is geared toward professionals whose primary job functions are directed at improving the safety performance of the surface transportation system. Complete information is available here.

In the Know

Road to Zero coalition members are busy working to save lives on our roads. Here are some of the latest updates, findings and news from your fellow members:

  • The CDC offers a newly redesigned interactive calculator called MV PICCS 3.0 (Motor Vehicle Prioritizing Interventions and Cost Calculator for States), pronounced MV “picks.” MV PICCS 3.0 calculates the expected number and monetized value of injuries prevented, lives saved and the costs of implementation, while taking into account available resources. The tool now includes 2015 state data and a graphical interface to help state decision makers prioritize and select from a suite of 14 effective motor vehicle injury prevention interventions. Try out the calculator here.
  • AAMVA has established an Autonomous Vehicle Information Sharing Group to gather, organize and share information with the AAMVA community related to the development, design, testing, use and regulation of autonomous vehicles and other emerging vehicle technology. Take a look at the full library.
  • June is National Safety Month! You can participate by taking just one step to help protect your friends, neighbors and loved ones. The National Safety Council offers free promotional materials and family safety activities to use during National Safety Month. You can download free materials at
  • All 50 States have "Move Over" laws to protect law enforcement officers and other first responders stopped on our nation's roads. Yet only 71% of the public are aware of these laws, and traffic-related incidents continue to be the number one cause of death among on-duty law enforcement officers. Together with our law enforcement partners and State highway safety offices, NHTSA is working to increase awareness of these life-saving "Move Over" laws and highlight the need to protect public safety professionals who place themselves at risk to protect motorists. Learn more about the campaign and download materials here.
  • You can register now for the 2018 Texas Traffic Safety Conference in Sugar Land, Texas. Sessions at the conference will focus on successful safety program and project implementation, effective practices for overcoming challenges and finding resources. Deborah A.P. Hersman will serve as the keynote luncheon speaker. Register here.
  • This summer, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members from across the country will gather in Atlanta for the FCCLA National leadership Conference. Running June 28-July 2, the conference will feature FCCLA program workshops, leadership sessions and competitive events. With an anticipated attendance of 8,000, this will be a great safety and health experience for adults and youth. Learn more.

To submit news, announcements or updates for inclusion in the Road to Zero newsletter, email your message to [email protected] Include all relevant details, links, names, etc. and any special notes regarding the announcement. We look forward to sharing your news and keeping the entire Road to Zero coalition updated on the latest from their fellow members.

News from the Hill

On April 6, President Trump nominated Heidi King to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). King has been the Acting Administrator since September of 2017, and came to NHTSA with extensive experience in public safety, innovation, risk management, evidence-based decision-making and law enforcement. An economist and research scientist by training, Ms. King parlayed degrees from California Institute of Technology and University of California, Irvine, and her early experience as a California State Park Ranger into a distinguished career in both government and the private sector.

Ms. King served as a Regulatory Policy Analyst in the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from 1998 to 2000 and from 2007 to 2011. During her years at OMB and 2 years as Chief Economist on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, she became familiar with NHTSA and the agency’s work on Corporate Average Fuel Economy. She continued to build her knowledge and first-hand experience in the field of safety and public service with a 7-year stint as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician for the Chatham Emergency Squad in Chatham, New Jersey. NHTSA presents the opportunity to bring her research, leadership, and safety experience to the agency.

The Road to Zero Coalition congratulates Acting Administrator King on her nomination, and looks forward to continuing to work with her to improve the safety of our roadways and reach our shared goal of zero roadway deaths.

Locking Out Impaired Drivers

In a new status report, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a Coalition member, presents new research showing that laws requiring interlocks for all DUI offenders save lives.

According to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, laws requiring all impaired-driving offenders to install alcohol interlocks reduce the number of impaired drivers in fatal crashes by 16%. If all states without such laws adopted them, more than 500 additional lives could be saved each year. An alcohol interlock is a breath-testing unit that a driver must blow into before starting a vehicle. The device disables the ignition if alcohol is detected. All states have laws either requiring interlocks for certain offenders or allowing courts to order interlocks at their discretion. Take a look at this tool to see your state’s alcohol interlock policies and how they compare.