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While 2021 has been a year of great strides for the Road to Zero Coalition, with engaging webinars, our Zero Traffic Deaths campaign and developing new resources, we have been reminded that our work is far from over. New data from the U.S. Department of Transportation show that fatality rates continue to climb through 2021 and that we are facing many of the same challenges to mobility safety. Now is the time to act with our collective voice and decisive leadership on creating safer streets. You can join us in this fight by:
Applications are open for a new round of Community Traffic Safety Grants! The Road to Zero Coalition Community Traffic Safety Grants aim to fund projects, programs and research that will help us achieve our mission of zero traffic deaths. Click here to learn more and view the application. Want to get the inside scoop before submitting your application by Jan. 7? Join us for a briefing Dec. 7.
As you likely already know, President Biden has signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) into law. This five-year reauthorization of USDOT programs includes many safety improvements, including the Safe System approach, vehicle safety standards, funding to encourage stronger safety laws, inclusion of vulnerable road users in many policies and more. The Road to Zero report includes many recommendations that were incorporated into the final bill, and we look forward to working alongside you and USDOT to ensure these provisions are fully incorporated.
We should all take some time to acknowledge the achievement and know that we will continue to work for even more safety improvements to save lives.
Road to Zero Coalition Steering Group members noted this historic legislation with statements of their own, including:
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg expressed his support on Twitter for the new Decade of Action for Road Safety. The target is to reduce road traffic fatalities and injuries by at least 50% by 2030. A supporting Global Plan includes accelerated action to make walking, cycling and public transport safe; to ensure safe roads, vehicles and behaviors; and to guarantee timely and effective emergency care. It aims to inspire countries, including governments and partners, to act boldly and decisively, using the tools and knowledge gained from the last Decade of Action to change course. Catch the recording of the launch.
NHTSA released the Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities for the First Half (January-June) of 2021, which shows the largest six-month increase ever recorded in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System’s history. An estimated 20,160 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the first half of 2021, up 18.4% over 2020. That’s the largest number of projected fatalities in that time period since 2006. Read more about the report in the press release.
Want to move the needle towards zero traffic deaths but unsure where to start? NHTSA recently released the 10th edition of Countermeasures That Work, which includes a look at how 10 traffic safety issues impact our society, and offers proven strategies for communities to consider in addressing these specific concerns. A two-page Traffic Tech provides more detail and a link to the full report.
FHWA also recently updated its Proven Countermeasures to include new resources for things such as speed management and bike lanes.
Don’t forget the Doubling Down on What Works webpage has additional resources to get you started on addressing mobility safety.