Road to Zero (RTZ) is a new collaboration which kicked off in October of 2016, focused on ending traffic fatalities (the second leading cause of unintentional death) on our roadways within 30 years. National Safety Council (NSC) leads the initiative as a partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation - specifically National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The goal is safe mobility for all people and will work to develop priorities; take action individually and collaboratively; and encourage partners and stakeholders to take action to meet the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities by 2050.
Coalition – The coalition is made up of over 200 unique organizations who want to play a role in being part of the solution from academia, trade associations, advocacy groups, law enforcement, EMS, private industry, survivor advocates, governmental agencies and beyond who will work together (all rowing in the same direction) finding solutions to reach ZERO traffic fatalities. RTZ Coalition holds quarterly meetings in DC which you are invited to attend and meetings are also webcast.
Grants - NSC, as the leader of the Coalition, will administer a $1 million per year (for 3 years) for Safe System Innovation Grants funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Seven inaugural winners were announced early this week with grants awarded to organizations committed to roadway safety programs. NSC will also contribute $1 million in funding over the next three years to support the coalition and administer the grant program.
Report - Developing a future planning scenario for 2050 with Rand Corporation on how human-vehicle-roadway systems could be designed to get to zero deaths by 2050. The outcome will be a report outlining the steps needed to reach ZERO deaths.
RTZ success means moving beyond the business-as-usual approach which will require meaningful collaboration across disciplines and traditional boundaries; a strong sense of urgency and accountability; and stepped-up action, including the willingness to consider new, innovative and pioneering approaches to stop the upward trend of those dying on our roadways.