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The 2018 Safe System Innovation Grant Winners were announced at our quarterly meeting. The U.S. Department of Transportation committed $1 million a year for three years to fund Safe System Innovation Grants. An additional $500,000 has been added to the funding this year from FHWA. Once the details are official we will announce additional grant winners from the original pool of applicants.
We received 81 applications this year requesting a total of $12.1 million in funding and narrowed it down to 8 winners listed below.
Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who applied. Your work is making a difference along the road to zero!
The Road to Zero Coalition report, A Vision for Achieving Zero Roadway Deaths by 2050, will be released April 22 at the Lifesavers conference in San Antonio. Deborah A.P. Hersman will deliver the keynote address and discuss the report, which outlines three tenets needed to reach zero deaths by 2050: doubling down on what works, accelerating technology and prioritizing safety.
We hope you will take part in promoting this report once it is released April 22. A communications toolkit has been specifically designed to support your efforts and the National Safety Council is hosting a webinar on April 13 for communicators and members of your team to explain the report and ways you can promote it within your organization and with your stakeholders. You can register for the 30 minute webinar here.
If you are not a member of the Road to Zero coalition, we encourage you to join us in saving lives here.
You are invited to join the Road to Zero Coalition to tour the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)Vehicle Research Center on Thursday, May 3 from 9 am – noon in Ruckersville, Virginia (about 100 miles from D.C.) for an opportunity to try out new collision avoidance technology on the demonstration track and to see an IIHS crash test. There is no cost to attend and you can register here. Agenda below:
And don’t forget to mark your calendar for the next Road to Zero coalition meeting in Washington D.C. on June 28 from 1 pm – 4 pm – this meeting is later in the day so that our west coast members can join us! Register here.
Road to Zero coalition members are always busy working on new ways to save lives on our roads. Here are some of the latest updates, findings and news from your fellow members.
We can feature your news, as well. 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.
This month we have several announcements:
Congress passed and the President signed H.R. 1625, an omnibus spending bill for FY2018. In FY18 total budgetary resources, including offsetting collections, the bill provides $86.2 billion to improve and maintain our nation’s transportation infrastructure, including $27.3 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Department of Transportation ($8.7 billion above FY17).This includes:
Within these amounts, the bill provides more than $100 million for research and demonstrations of automated vehicles, a technology that has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives. Get more details from the House Appropriations Committee.
Pedestrians are still at risk. GHSA’s annual Spotlight on Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities projects nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2017, marking the second year in a row at numbers not seen in 25 years. It has been more than 25 years since the U.S. experienced this level of pedestrian fatalities.
The report breaks these fatalities down by state, as well as where and when they occur. The report explores potential contributing factors to the high number of pedestrian fatalities and describes promising strategies to reduce these crashes through a combination of engineering, education and enforcement efforts. Read the full report.