July 2018

Get Ready for Our Next Meeting

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!

New Member Spotlight

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.

Safety Priority Statements

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.

In the Know

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:

  • It takes only 10 minutes for the temperature inside a vehicle to rise 20 degrees. For children in particular, this increase is enough to result in death. The National Safety Council recently released a free report, Kids in Hot Cars, covering the risks of pediatric vehicular heatstroke. Learn more about the dangers posed by hot cars and how we can save the dozens of young children who are killed this way each year.
  • Are we doing everything we can to make sure our employees understand the road safety problem and then understand the possible countermeasures to improve the situation? Do our employees have the know-how and the confidence to convince others to act to make the roads safer? The answer is probably “maybe, maybe not.” We need more “yes” answers. The International Road Federation (IRF) is conducting a series of road safety training courses that will introduce attendees to the knowledge they need to act confidently to make changes on our roads to make them safer. You can learn more about other IRF Training Courses at this site.
  • The FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovation recently highlighted the Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) initiative, which outlines cost-effective countermeasures to improve pedestrian safety. Pedestrian fatalities are on the rise and are especially common at uncontrolled crossing locations, such as mid-block or un-signalized intersections. STEP recommends several countermeasures, including the use of pedestrian hybrid beacons and refuge islands to reduce pedestrian injuries. Learn more about the program and how your community could benefit.
  • In June, NCS CEO and Road to Zero Chair Debbie Hersman published a Medium post on the Road to Zero report, laying out its vision for a future of zero driving deaths. Take a look at the full article and share across your networks to help spread the word and let everyone know this is a future worth working toward.
  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are becoming more common and changing the nature of safety behind the wheel. With technological tools such as back-up cameras, automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning being built directly into vehicles, drivers have more safety resources available to them than ever before. Check out this video from MyCarDoesWhat.org that illustrates some of the benefits ADAS brings behind the wheel.
  • NHTSA is seeking public input on a proposal to expand its program under which some states have automated the transfer of state motor vehicle crash data into a new centralized federal database. Nine states are currently participating and several others have expressed interest in joining the program, but some states face technical and policy hurdles. This notice presents an opportunity to share the full range of issues NHTSA may want to consider. The full notice and instructions to submit comments can be found here.
  • Employers have an opportunity to directly impact the safety of their employees, and having the right materials makes it much easier. Our Driving Concern: Texas Employer Traffic Safety Program, a Coalition member, has created handouts for you to use when discussing transportation safety issues with your team. The resources include everything you need to lead a discussion on backing over prevention, the dangers of driving in the rain and much more. Check out all of these free resources here.
  • As self-driving cars gain more traction in the U.S., Japan has announced plans to test driverless cars on public roads soon, with the goal of launching a self-driving car service in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, according to a report from Reuters. Get more details here.

News from the Hill

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.

Stop on Red for Safety

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.