Meet Our 2023 Road to Zero Grantees
We are excited to introduce our 2023 Road to Zero Community Traffic Safety grantees! These grants, funded by NHTSA, are awarded to projects, programs and research dedicated to achieving our mission of zero traffic deaths. Congratulations to our 2023 grantees:
● Regents of the University of Michigan
● Texas A&M Transportation Institute
● National Organizations for Youth Safety
● Regents of the University of California, Santa Barbara
● Denver Streets Partnership
● Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works
Take a few minutes this week to get to know our 2023 grantees and read up on their innovative plans to improve traffic safety. While you’re there, catch up on previous years’ grant-funded projects and learn more about our Community Traffic Safety grants. We look forward to working with this year’s grantees and sharing their successes to help save lives all across the country.
Did you miss last week’s Road to Zero webinar on the role of language in traffic safety culture? Check out the recording now using passcode #N#8f!t1 and share it with your networks.
Don’t forget to register for our next webinar, Normalization of Pedestrian Fatalities. This May 10 session will feature experts discussing what has led to the current pedestrian safety crisis on our roads and some of the collective actions we can take to help keep them safe.
May 1 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day, when we raise awareness of the causes and consequences of pediatric vehicular heatstroke incidents. NHTSA offers free materials through their “Look Before You Lock” and “Park. Look. Lock.” campaigns to ensure that child passengers are not left behind in cars, and that children cannot gain unsupervised access to motor vehicles.
NHTSA also kicks off the “Click It or Ticket” campaign around Memorial Day to promote the importance of buckling up – every trip, every time. Learn more about this campaign and get free resources to spread the word that increased seat belt usage reduces crash-related injuries and fatalities.
● To help keep new drivers safe, DriveitHOME, a program of the National Safety Council, has teamed up with Honda to provide 15 free virtual parent nights on roadway safety. Check out these recorded sessions and share them with parents of teen drivers at DriveitHOME.org/ParentNight.
● There’s still time to register for today’s CSCRS webinar, Developing an Online Vision Zero Resource Library. Don’t miss your chance to learn from the UNC Highway Safety Research Center on how to create a resource that makes your community healthier and builds community buy-in for equity-centered road safety initiatives.
● Registration is now open for COMTO’s 52nd annual National Meeting and Training Conference July 8 to 11, 2023. Register now to attend this exciting gathering in Los Angeles.
● Three recent studies from IIHS provide insight into pressing roadway safety topics. Check out these new studies for more details:
Higher point of impact makes SUV crashes more dangerous for cyclists
Multifaceted approach could help end distracted driving
Lowering speed limits makes Seattle streets safer
● New updates from NHTSA show the staggering toll of motor vehicle crashes in recent years, with the latest FARS data showing 42,939 people were killed in crashes in 2021, a 10% increase over 2020. NHTSA’s new report, “The Economic and Societal impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2019,” meanwhile, reveals that crashes cost American society $340 billion in 2019.
● Distracted Driving Awareness Month is nearly over but distraction is a year-round problem on our roads. Get free NSC distracted driving resources to use this month and beyond, and take the Just Drive pledge to show your commitment to safe driving.