Road to Zero Monthly News

April 24, 2024

New Estimates: 40,990 Lives Lost in 2023

Join us in D.C. Next Month

Earlier this month, NHTSA released its early estimates for motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2023 showing an increase in the miles driven and a decrease in both fatalities and fatality rates. According to the estimates, 40,990 people were killed in crashes last year, a decrease of about 3.6% compared to 42,514 people killed in 2022. While these decreases are welcome news, some road users like pedestrians, older road users and bicyclists continue to face growing risks. Recent analysis by Smart Growth America of final 2022 data shows pedestrian fatalities are at their highest level in 40 years. In fact, this same analysis shows fatalities outside vehicles are a growing share of all traffic deaths while deaths for those within vehicles are steadily decreasing.

We know these tens of thousands of deaths each year are entirely preventable and we remain committed not just to working toward our goal of zero deaths but to collaborating with our full Coalition to prioritize safety for our most vulnerable road users. 

Join Next Month's Annual Meeting

There’s still time to register and join us in person or online for our 2024 Road to Zero annual meeting on May 13. This meeting will be held at the National League of Cities Conference Center in Washington, D.C., and in-person attendees are invited to gather early at 1:30 p.m. for refreshments and networking. The meeting will feature a keynote speaker from USDOT, a Safe Streets for All panel discussion, an update from our 2023 grantee cohort and much more. Register now for this exciting event! 

Capitol Hill Roadway Safety Advocacy Days

While we’re in D.C. for our Annual Meeting, we’ll also be hosting many of you for our Capitol Hill Roadway Safety Advocacy Days. This will be an incredible opportunity to share your stories with federal policymakers and show them the difference we can make – and the lives we can save – by prioritizing road safety policies. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] and a member of the organizing team will be in touch.

See the Latest from Road to Zero Partners

● If you’re planning to join us in D.C. or are just looking to better use storytelling in your advocacy work this year, be sure to attend tomorrow’s virtual training – Strategic Storytelling: Prepping to Share with Lawmakers. This session is offered free to all thanks to a generous sponsorship from It Could Be Me, register now so you don’t miss out!   

● Are you a young person, practitioner or policymaker interested in shifting power to marginalized youth for transportation equity and mobility justice? Save the date for #NYTEC2024 on Sept. 20-21, 2024, in Denver, CO. 

● Good Morning America recently highlighted how women are more likely to be killed in a car crash than men and showed testing equipment that could replace the decades-old ‘mini-male’ dummies that disadvantage women in crash tests. Watch the full segment to hear VERITY Now Co-Chair Susan Molinari’s thoughts about the policies that got us here. 

● Johns Hopkins University is hosting the first U.S. Vision Zero Academy – in partnership with the Swedish Transportation Institute – May 20-24, 2024, in D.C. The class size is limited to 35 students, register now to secure your spot!

● What drives private sector investment in safety? Join this May 1 session, hosted by Together for Safer Roads and the FIA Foundation, to find out. 

● GHSA is hiring a new Senior Director of Policy & Government Relations, responsible for federal advocacy activities in support of GHSA’s policy objectives. Learn more about the role and apply now. 

● IIHS recently shared updates on their new partial automation safeguard ratings and the potential impacts of depicting speeding in ads for new vehicles. Check out their new safeguard ratings and see their thoughts on how these ads can undermine safety. 

● New NHTSA publications highlight their latest findings and recommendations for older driver safety and nighttime seat belt enforcement. See these new resources and put them into action:

– State of Knowledge on Older Drivers  
Traffic Tech

– Nighttime Seat Belt Enforcement: A How-To guide and Case Study Summary  
Traffic Tech
Click It or Ticket Campaign Overview

● City and state leaders in the Milwaukee area are addressing a spike in reckless driving as part of the city’s efforts to eliminate traffic deaths by 2037. From increasing penalties to redesigning streets, see the steps they're taking to help save lives.

●  Smart Growth America, the International Parking & Mobility Institute, and the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund want your feedback for a new study about the needs and challenges people with disabilities meet when walking and rolling in their communities. Take the confidential survey now to help create more accessible streetscapes for all.

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