The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced the new National Roadway Safety Strategy as a way to address a growing number of roadway fatalities and serious injuries.
Almost 95 percent of the nation’s transportation deaths occur on its streets, roads, and highways. The new plan, announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, provides steps to prevent deaths and serious injuries.
The Department will use a five-pronged model to address safety: safer people, safer roads, safer vehicles, safer speeds and post-crash care. The new strategy recognizes that reducing traffic fatalities will take sustained and concerted action from everyone across all sectors and all levels of government.
Safety is also top of mind at MTC. The MTC-led Vision Zero Working Group met for the first time last year to exchange ideas on how to make the Bay Area a safer place for pedestrians, bicyclists and others.
MTC has adopted a regional Safety/Vision Zero policy and has begun development on a Regional Integrated Safety Data System to provide jurisdictions with a consistent source of data and tools for conducting safety analyses and informing their safety plans and projects. More information on the Vision Zero Working Group can be found here.