Road to Zero Coalition aims to end roadway fatalities within 30 years

DOT, National Safety Council form partnership

Posted October 10, 2016

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Federal Highway Administration (FHA), and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that they are joining forces with the National Safety Council (NSC) to launch the Road to Zero coalition with the goal of ending fatalities on the nation’s roads within the next 30 years. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has committed $1 million a year for the next three years to provide grants to organizations working on lifesaving programs.

The year 2015 marked the largest increase in traffic deaths since 1966, and preliminary estimates for the first half of 2016 show an increase of about 10.4 percent as compared to the number of fatalities in the first half of 2015.

The Road to Zero Coalition will initially focus on promoting proven lifesaving strategies, including improving seat belt use, installing rumble strips, truck safety, behavior change campaigns and data-driven enforcement. Additionally, the coalition will then lead the development of a new scenario-based vision on how to achieve zero traffic deaths based on evidence-based strategies and a systematic approach to eliminating risks.

With the rapid introduction of automated vehicles and advanced technologies, the DOT said it believes that it is now increasingly likely that the vision of zero road deaths and serious injuries can be achieved in the next 30 years. The Road to Zero Coalition will work to accelerate the achievement of that vision through concurrent efforts that focus on overall system design, addressing infrastructure design, vehicle technology, enforcement and behavior safety. An important principle of the effort will be to find ways to ensure that inevitable human mistakes do not result in fatalities.

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