Youth Road Safety: Community Tips and Resources
Zero traffic deaths goal introduced in Congress.
As back-to-school season hits full swing across the U.S., there are many questions facing communities on the best way to keep kids and teachers safe. One that needs no questioning is how we can help keep kids of all ages safe and active when traveling to and from school, no matter what their school year might look like. The Road to Zero Coalition is committed to achieving zero traffic deaths by 2050 and that includes addressing the alarming number of youth who die on our roadways each day. To help your community create safer routes for its youngest members, consider:
In an encouraging step for the growing movement for Zero Traffic Deaths, a bipartisan resolution was introduced in the U.S. Congress calling for a commitment and actions to reach the goal of zero traffic deaths by 2050.
Thanks to all the Road to Zero supporters who signed our petition calling for stepped-up national leadership for safe mobility for all people, especially in light of the alarming news that 42,060 people were killed in traffic crashes in 2020 – an 8% increase over 2019 despite fewer people driving due to pandemic conditions. We can and must do better.
Thank you Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Jan Schakowsky for sponsoring the resolution, which recognizes the urgency of addressing the leading cause of death among youth in this country and calls for stepping up effective and equitable actions to prevent traffic deaths and severe injuries. Read about the resolution and how you can help move this important work forward.
On Aug. 10, the U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan infrastructure bill that reauthorizes many U.S. Department of Transportation programs for five years. Also included in this bill are several provisions that the Road to Zero coalition offered in its 2018 report, including doubling down on what works, advancing safety technology and prioritizing safety with the safe system approach. The next step for this legislation is in the House of Representatives, and if enacted into law, we look forward to working with Congress and DOT to prioritize safety in its enactment of these provisions. As we know, safety never rests.