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Our next Road to Zero Coalition meeting will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. (EST) Thursday, Sept. 13, at the 20 F Street, NW Conference Center in D.C. (This is a new location for our meeting near Union Station.) Our friends from the law enforcement community will lead this meeting to discuss their important role in ending roadway fatalities. The event will also be streaming live via webcast. Register here.
The June 28 Road to Zero Coalition meeting kicked off with a welcome by NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt, who shared the latest information on the Uber fatality in Arizona, Tesla crashes, recent bus crashes and the recommendations for seat belts in buses. He also shared information on the NTSB Most Wanted List.
US DOT Under Secretary of Policy Derek Kan spoke about the new US DOT Safety Data Initiative and Solving for Zero Safety Visualization Challenge. (More on this in our News from the Hill section.)
The World Bank hosted a panel discussion on lessons learned from grants, featuring the Ray Highway in Georgia, two Road to Zero Safe System Innovation Grant winners (the Safe Streets Academy program and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute).
Debbie Hersman, NSC CEO and Road to Zero Chair, wrapped up the meeting by thanking Steering Group members, who are rolling off of the leadership group and updating the Coalition on the release of the Road to Zero report. A big thank you to all who attended in person and via webcast. We look forward to our next meeting!
FedEx, a new Coalition member, is committed to increasing road safety for all road users, and their efforts set an excellent example for other organizations looking to make a difference.
For 16 years, FedEx has worked with Safe Kids to improve pedestrian safety and protect schoolchildren with the Walk This Way program. Connecting more than 250 cities across 10 countries, this program has reached millions of students.
FedEx also has hosted Operation Safe Driver events in collaboration with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, collaborated with the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety and sponsored Walk Friendly Communities, among several other initiatives.
We are excited to have FedEx join us on the Road to Zero and look forward to sharing our knowledge and working together to save lives on our roads. You can learn more about the company’s efforts at FedExcares.com.
The Road to Zero Coalition now has more than 700 members! If you haven’t joined Road to Zero yet or would like to invite an organization or business to become a stakeholder in ending roadway fatalities by 2050, there is no cost to join and you can register here.
As part of our goal to reach zero roadway deaths, the Road to Zero Coalition develops safety priority statements that Coalition members may support. Currently, statements exist on occupant restraint, automated speed enforcement, alcohol impaired driving and truck underride, with several more coming soon. You can assist with this effort by reading, signing on to support and working on the goals in these statements.
Additionally, Coalition members can propose new safety priority statements, as well as additions to existing ones. We appreciate the knowledge and expertise you have to share. Email [email protected] with questions and to find out what topics are in current draft, or call (630) 775-2258 for more information.
All new safety priority statements and strategies will be reviewed and approved by the Road to Zero Steering Group.
Road to Zero Coalition members are working 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.
This month we have several announcements:
On Thursday, June 14, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the new Strategic Data Initiative Challenge, an effort to increase the quality, accessibility and effective use of roadway data to prevent motor vehicle crashes and save lives.
Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, Derek Kan, addressed Road to Zero meeting attendees at our most recent meeting on June 28 to discuss this new initiative and encourage Road to Zero members to consider what role they can play in supporting the effort. We encourage Road to Zero coalition members to become involved in this effort. If you were unable to join us at this most recent meeting, we encourage you to listen to his remarks and learn more about the challenge by viewing the archived webcast on our events page.
National STOP on Red Week takes place each year in August. During National Stop on Red Week, traffic safety advocates take time to promote safe driving habits and intersection safety. Red-light running is completely preventable. We can change driver behavior by increasing driver awareness and discouraging dangerous driving and red-light running.
The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) is proud to partner with organizations and communities across the country to raise awareness about the dangers of red-light running during National Stop on Red Week.
Each day of this dedicated week emphasizes different safety aspects, useful statistics and information, and wide-reaching outreach techniques. Please join us by sharing this important message. Our National Stop on Red Week materials will be available for viewing near the end of July, mark your calendars.
Additionally, we are updating our interactive speed map that showcases speeding fatalities that occurred in the United States between 2010 and 2017.The fatalities are mapped by the city and state where each incident occurred. By zooming in and out with your mouse, viewers have the opportunity to look all the way down to the actual street where someone’s life was taken due to an excessive speed-related collision. Please share this map and information
Safety Saves lives! We are so grateful to organizations and individuals that are working alongside the National Coalition for Safer Roads! Your dedication to Roadway Safety is Saving Lives!
Visit the Stop on Red page for more information.