October 2016

 

NACE Proud to be Original Partner of the Road to Zero Coalition
 
New partnership aims to end traffic fatalities within the next 30 years.

 

 road safety.jpgNACE is proud to join the U.S. DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and 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.

NACE, along with our many counties and state affiliates have long supported a “Zero” fatality vision. “NACE has served on the Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) National Strategy as a Steering Committee member for several years,“ said Executive Director Brian Roberts, PE.

“Having the U.S. DOT onboard with Road to Zero is a game changer.  This will help promote the strategies we have identified as well as develop new approaches.  Without a doubt, this is the largest, most diverse group of stakeholders sharing our vision.”

The DOT has committed $1 million a year for the next three years to provide grants to organizations working on proven, lifesaving programs.

2015 marked the largest increase in traffic deaths since 1966 and preliminary estimates for the first half of 2016 show an alarming uptick in fatalities—an increase of about 10.4% as compared to the number of fatalities in the first half of 2015. 

The Road to Zero Coalition will focus on promoting proven lifesaving strategies, while leading the development of a new scenario-based vision of how achieving zero traffic deaths can become a reality. 

In 2015, traffic fatalities jumped nearly 8% over the prior year representing the largest increase in 50 years. Early estimates show this trend continuing in 2016. We can and must do more to save lives on the roads.

Please follow @RoadToZeroUS for more information.

The "zero deaths" idea was first adopted in Sweden in 1997 as "Vision Zero" and since then has evolved across the country and across the world. A growing number of state and cities have adopted "Zero" fatality visions.
 

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