Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day
October 10

 

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How do we Put the Brakes on Fatalities? One safe choice at a time

Posted by - Anthony Foxx

Cross-posted from Put the Brakes on Fatalities, courtesy of Kansas Department of Transportation at "Best way to Put the Brakes on Fatalities? One safe choice at a time".

Before I get too far into my own “Put the Brakes on Fatalities” message, I want to thank KDOT for hosting this incredible series every year and for their clear commitment to road safety.

At the U.S. Department of Transportation share that commitment. Safety is our number one priority. Always has been; always will be.

And safety isn't just part of my job description. Safety was a priority for me when I was Mayor of Charlotte. I still remember the tragic death of a young girl who was walking with her mother when she was struck by a car; the two were walking in the street because their neighborhood lacked sidewalks.

It’s a priority for me as a father and husband.

And it’s a priority for me as a driver, a bicyclist, and a pedestrian who has seen firsthand the need for greater safety. As many readers might know, I was once hit by a car while jogging in Charlotte.

So when I talk about safety on our nation’s roads it's not in some abstract way. When I talk about safety, I'm talking about safety on the roads in my actual neighborhood, and in your actual neighborhood.  Greater safety in the real neighborhoods where our kids play and where our daily commutes begin and end.

I’m talking about safety from the ground up and not the top down. Which is what makes this “Put the Brakes on Fatalities” series, with its many personal stories, so effective.

As Secretary of Transportation, I know full well that it’s important for large organizations to advance safety in all the ways that large organizations can.

For example, at DOT, we’re nurturing development of Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication technologies so we can reduce the impact of human error on road safety. And we’re supporting implementation of pavement surfaces and other roadway technologies to boost safety. We also conduct a wide range of crash-testing to encourage manufacturers to increase the occupant protection their vehicles provide.

We know that working with the Kansas Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies across the country helps save lives by getting folks to drive sober, put away their texting devices, and buckle up. So we do that.

And when we can fund safer infrastructure, we do that, too.

But safety also increases when we make our own individual safe choices, when our kids see us making those choices, and when we encourage others to make similar choices.

We increase safety on our roads when we put on bike helmets when we commute on two wheels. We do it when we drive our kids to soccer practice on the weekend and make sure they see us buckling our seat belts before we put the car into gear. We do it when we're crossing an intersection on foot without having our noses in our smartphones.

How do we Put the Brakes on Fatalities? One safe choice at a time.

 

Please mark October 10, 2015 on your calendar "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day." Tell your co-workers, family members and friends to do the same.

We must change our driving habits as evidenced by statistics that still indicate slightly over 33,500 traffic fatalities occur every year. That’s about 90 fatalities every single day - one fatality every 16 minutes.

We welcome indiviuals and organizations to become involved. Please email comments and the contact person for your organization to pbfday@asce.org

States recently involved are listed here:

Florida Kansas Alabama

Arizona

Indiana Iowa
Maine Maryland Montana
Minnestota Nebraska New Mexico
Nevada New Jersey Pennsylvania
Ohio Oregon South Carolina
Washington Wisconsin Wyoming

If you don't see your state listed here, Obtain a proclamation that October 10th is Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day in your city or state! Don't be afraid to contact your local mayor and state governor. Here's how to start!

In addition, media information, PSA's, posters, brochures, logos and a sample PowerPoint presentation can also be found in the Toolkit.

The Transportation and Development Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (T&DI) who now manages the web site, requests existing partners, other private corporations or public organizations who want to become more involved in financial sponsorships to fund events, develop PSA's, web site information or other activities to contact the T&DI at 703/295-6395 or e-mail pbfday@asce.org.

Reducing fatalities requires everyone's participation. Please use this site to create a program in your state or organization and become involved. With your involvement, we can make a difference by reducing fatalities on American roadways. Please share what your organization is planning for 2015 by sending an article for our listing of state activities to pbfday@asce.org. Good luck and please keep us informed of your success!

Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day
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