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Roadway Safety Foundation Roadway Safety Foundation 2015-08-19T21:42:42Z WordPress http://www.roadwaysafety.org/feed/atom/ RSF211 <![CDATA[2015 Roadway Safety Awards]]> http://www.roadwaysafety.org/?p=1465 2015-08-14T16:10:26Z 2015-08-14T11:05:25Z The Roadway Safety Foundation and the Federal Highway Administration will host the 2015 National Roadway Safety Awards in late fall. The awards recognize outstanding achievements in operations, planning and design. For more details on the program, check out the Nomination Brochure. Note: The application period is closed. Questions? Contact us at info@roadwaysafety.org.

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The Roadway Safety Foundation and the Federal Highway Administration will host the 2015 National Roadway Safety Awards in late fall. The awards recognize outstanding achievements in operations, planning and design. For more details on the program, check out the Nomination Brochure.  Note: The application period is closed.  Questions? Contact us at info@roadwaysafety.org.

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RSF211 <![CDATA[2015 Roadway Safety Awards]]> http://www.roadwaysafety.org/?p=2348 2015-01-21T22:03:30Z 2015-01-21T21:54:56Z Applications may be submitted online and are due May 15.]]> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 21, 2015

CONTACT:
Cathy Gillen
(202) 857-1203 office or (443) 463-4449 cell
cathygillen@roadwaysafety.org

ROADWAY SAFETY FOUNDATION and FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION
ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR NATIONAL AWARD

Public Agencies Eligible for Biennial Competition

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Roadway Safety Foundation (RSF) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are now accepting applications for their joint 2015 National Roadway Safety Awards.  Applications may be submitted online and are due May 15.

The National Roadway Safety Awards is a biennial competition sponsored by RSF and FHWA to recognize roadway safety achievements that move the United States towards zero deaths and serious injuries on the Nation’s roadways.

Awards are presented in two categories: Infrastructure and Operational Improvements and Program Planning, Development, and Evaluation.  Projects in both award categories are judged on their effectiveness, innovation, and efficient use of resources.  Selected projects are included in a noteworthy practices guide so they can be replicated nationwide.

“These awards are designed to highlight the importance of strategic, data-driven approaches to improving highway safety,” said Greg Cohen, Executive Director of The Roadway Safety Foundation.  “Since 2001 we have partnered with the Federal Highway Administration to recognize projects and programs that exemplify innovative and effective safety activities and maximize the cost effectiveness of Federal, State, local, and private sector funds.”

Award winners will receive a variety of benefits including an invitation and funded travel to an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. where they will be presented with an engraved trophy, opportunities to network with legislators and key transportation officials in Washington, D.C, and national, local, trade, web and social media coverage.

Only public agencies may apply and be considered for a National Roadway Safety Award. Each entry will be judged among other nominations in its category. A nominated project or program must demonstrate evidence of data-supported results, including documentation supporting the project or program’s success.

Click here for the Nomination Brochure | Click here for the Application Form.

The Roadway Safety Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charitable and educational organization.  Our mission is to reduce the frequency and severity of motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities through improvements to roadway systems and their environment.  For additional information, please visit www.roadwaysafety.org, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/roadwaysafetyfoundation; and on Twitter at @roadway_safety.


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RSF211 <![CDATA[RSF Announces New Chairman and Safety Director]]> http://www.roadwaysafety.org/?p=2335 2015-01-20T17:08:27Z 2015-01-20T17:06:24Z FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 20, 2015

CONTACT:
Cathy Gillen
(202) 857-1203 office or (443) 463-4449 cell
cathygillen@roadwaysafety.org


ROADWAY SAFETY FOUNDATION ELECTS J. PETER KISSINGER of
AAA FOUNDATION FOR TRAFFIC SAFETY as NEW CHAIRMAN

Bruce Hamilton Named Director of Safety and Research Programs

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Roadway Safety Foundation (RSF) is pleased to announce the election of J. Peter Kissinger as the new Chairman of its Advisory Committee.  Kissinger is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and replaces former Chairman Taylor Bowlden of 3M Corporation, who retired late last year.

Kissinger has an extensive background in roadway safety.  Prior to joining the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in 2002 he worked for the Civil Engineering Research Foundation, the research arm of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the National Transportation Safety Board. Kissinger has a B.S. in Engineering from the Coast Guard Academy and an M.S. in Operations Research from The George Washington University.

“The Roadway Safety Foundation provides much needed education regarding the importance of safer roads as well as possible solutions to improve roadway safety.  I’m honored to lead the Foundation’s Advisory Committee as RSF continues its important role in ensuring that more American motorists reach their destinations safely every day,” said Kissinger.

“Peter’s experience in transportation safety will greatly enhance the work of and impact the future direction of the Roadway Safety Foundation,” said Greg Cohen, Executive Director of the Roadway Safety Foundation.  “His outstanding leadership, highway safety experience and passion for traffic safety make him extremely qualified to serve as Chairman of RSF’s Advisory Committee, and we are looking forward to working with him.”

In addition, Bruce Hamilton was recently hired as RSF’s new Director of Safety and Research Programs.  In this role, he is responsible for developing and directing programs that promote safer road design.  Hamilton will be overseeing a new project for the Roadway Safety Foundation, the creation and operation of an Older Road User Clearinghouse sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Hamilton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Tufts University.  Hamilton previously worked at the Roadway Safety Foundation, where he researched and wrote the newly revised Roadway Safety Guide:  A Primer for Community Leaders.  He has also worked at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The term “roadway safety” refers specifically to the physical features, operational conditions, and surrounding environment of roads, including engineered safety technologies on roads and bridges, intersections and interchanges, and along the roadsides.

The Roadway Safety Foundation builds awareness of these issues through outreach activities, developing and distributing educational materials, and forming roadway safety partnerships between the private and public sectors.

Other RSF Advisory Committee members include representatives of various RSF member organizations including AAA, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the American Traffic Safety Services Association, the National Transportation Safety Board, Volvo Group of North America, as well as many others.
The Roadway Safety Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charitable and educational organization.  Our mission is to reduce the frequency and severity of motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities through improvements to roadway systems and their environment.  For additional information please visit www.roadwaysafety.org, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/roadwaysafetyfoundation; and on Twitter at @roadway_safety.

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RSF211 <![CDATA[New Chairman of RSF Advisory Committee Elected]]> http://www.roadwaysafety.org/?p=2228 2014-05-02T20:03:32Z 2014-05-02T19:59:38Z FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 2, 2014

CONTACT:
Cathy Gillen
(202) 857-1203 or
(443) 463-4449
cathygillen@roadwaysafety.org

TAYLOR R. BOWLDEN ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF
ROADWAY SAFETY FOUNDATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

(Washington, D.C.) – The Roadway Safety Foundation (RSF) is pleased to welcome Taylor R. Bowlden as its new Chairman of the RSF Advisory Committee.  Bowlden, who was elected at the last meeting of the RSF Advisory Committee, is the Government Affairs Manager for the Traffic Safety and Security Division of 3M and has served as a member of the Roadway Safety Foundation since it was chartered by the American Highway Users Alliance in 1995.  Bowlden has a wealth of both work and volunteer experience in improving highway safety in the U.S. and internationally.  He replaces long-time RSF Advisory Committee Chairman Jim Keaton of Lindsay Transportation Solutions who retired late last year.

“The Roadway Safety Foundation has helped educate motorists, other road users, and public officials about the life-saving benefits of proven, cost-effective safety improvements for nearly 20 years,” said Bowlden.  “RSF’s new 2014 Roadway Safety Guide:  A Primer for Community Leaders, is just the latest example of this ongoing work to help community leaders identify the right solutions to address their road safety priorities.  I’m honored to lead the Foundation’s Advisory Committee as RSF continues its important role in ensuring that more American motorists reach their destinations safely every day.”

The term “roadway safety” refers specifically to the physical features, operational conditions, and surrounding environment of roads, including engineered safety technologies on roads and bridges, intersections and interchanges, and along the roadsides.

The Roadway Safety Foundation builds awareness of these issues through outreach activities, developing and distributing educational materials, and forming roadway safety partnerships between the private and public sectors.

Despite an overall positive trend of decreasing fatalities on our roadways over the years, more than 33,000 people each year are still killed in traffic crashes in the U.S.  Studies have shown that the physical characteristics of roads themselves contribute to more than half of the country’s traffic fatalities each year,* but there are many new crash countermeasures, that, when implemented, save lives, reduce the severity of injuries, and even prevent crashes from occurring in the first place.

“Taylor’s prior history, and ongoing involvement with the Roadway Safety Foundation will prove an effective combination for our continued success raising awareness of the importance of improving roadway safety via cost-effective engineering countermeasures,” said Greg Cohen, Executive Director of the Roadway Safety Foundation and President and CEO of RSF’s parent organization the American Highway Users Alliance.  “His outstanding leadership, expertise in highway engineering, and passion for improving the safety of our nation’s roadways well-equip him to serve as Chairman of RSF’s Advisory Committee.  He is results-oriented and eager to make an impact.”

Other RSF Advisory Committee members include representatives of various RSF member organizations including AAA, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the American Traffic Safety Services Association, the National Transportation Safety Board, Volvo Group of North America, as well as many others.  Anthony Giancoloa, the retired former Executive Director of the National Association of County Engineers serves as the Advisory Committee’s Secretary.

Prior to joining 3M, Mr. Bowlden was vice president for policy and government affairs at the American Highway Users Alliance. He also worked for 10 years in the office of U.S. Senator Steve Symms of Idaho, the former chairman of the U.S. Senate’s Subcommittee on Highways, where he helped to write both the 1987 and 1991 federal surface transportation bills (STURAA and TEA-21).

Mr. Bowlden is an Idaho native.  He earned his undergraduate degree in political philosophy at the University of Dallas in Irving, TX and has done graduate work at Boston College.

The Roadway Safety Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charitable and educational organization.  Our mission is to reduce the frequency and severity of motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities through improvements to roadway systems and their environment.  For additional information please visit www.roadwaysafety.org, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/roadwaysafetyfoundation; and on Twitter at @roadway_safety.

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* On a Crash Course:  The Dangers and Health Costs of Deficient Roadways; A Study by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation; May 2009.

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RSF211 <![CDATA[RSF Announces Agreement with FHWA]]> http://www.roadwaysafety.org/?p=2213 2014-04-02T19:47:20Z 2014-04-02T19:40:49Z FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2014

CONTACT: Cathy Gillen
(443) 463-4449
cathygillen@roadwaysafety.org

ROADWAY SAFETY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT WITH
FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION TO PROMOTE CRASH COUNTERMEASURES

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Roadway Safety Foundation (RSF) is pleased to announce that they have reached a new agreement with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to provide educational materials to State and local transportation officials, public safety officials, community leaders, motorists and the media about innovative technologies, programs, and policies that make our nation’s roads safer.

Section 1519(a) of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), authorized the funding of the agreement and RSF received the award based upon its previous successful work with FHWA in this area.

“This agreement will help us substantially build on our ongoing efforts to increase awareness of new roadway safety technologies and design features that are proven to reduce crashes and minimize their impacts,” said Greg Cohen, Executive Director of the Roadway Safety Foundation.

Despite an overall positive trend of decreasing fatalities on our roadways over the years, more than 33,000 people each year are still killed in traffic crashes in the U.S.

The term “roadway safety” refers specifically to the physical features, operational conditions, and surrounding environment of roads, including engineered safety technologies on roads and bridges, intersections and interchanges, and along the roadsides.

“Studies have shown that the physical characteristics of roads themselves contribute to more than half of the country’s traffic fatalities each year*,” said Cohen.  “But, the good news is that there are many new crash countermeasures, that, when implemented, save lives, reduce the severity of injuries, and even prevent crashes from occurring.”

As part of the new agreement, RSF will develop a new internet and social media portal that provides the latest information to community safety leaders and transportation professionals on newly available research and technologies.  Sub-topics, such as safety technologies for aging drivers, will be an integral part of the portal. 
The agreement also provides for wide distribution of the newly completed Roadway Safety Guide:  A Primer for Community Leaders both in print and on-line.  The guide includes links to resources and a wealth of information, checklists and best practices that communities can use to improve road safety on neighborhood roads.  The guide can be found on RSF’s website at www.roadwaysafety.org.

For additional information on RSF, please visit www.roadwaysafety.org; on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/roadwaysafetyfoundation; and on Twitter at @roadway_safety.

The Roadway Safety Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charitable and educational organization.  Our mission is to reduce the frequency and severity of motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities through improvements to roadway systems and their environment.  For additional information please visit www.roadwaysafety.org.

* On a Crash Course:  The Dangers and Health Costs of Deficient Roadways; A Study by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation; May 2009.

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RSF211 <![CDATA[Roadway Safety Guide: A Primer for Community Leaders]]> http://www.roadwaysafety.org/?p=2201 2014-03-19T21:27:42Z 2014-03-19T21:17:01Z Roadway Safety Guide: A Primer for Community Leaders is now available on-line at www.roadwaysafety.org. The Roadway Safety Guide is a hands-on, user-friendly document designed to provide community leaders and local elected officials with basic information to improve roadway safety in their communities.]]> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 20, 2014

CONTACT: Cathy Gillen
cathygillen@roadwaysafety.org
(443) 463-4449

ROADWAY SAFETY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES
2014 ROADWAY SAFETY GUIDE: A PRIMER FOR COMMUNITY LEADERS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Roadway Safety Foundation (RSF) is pleased to announce that the 2014 Roadway Safety Guide:  A Primer for Community Leaders is now available on-line at www.roadwaysafety.org.

The Roadway Safety Guide is a hands-on, user-friendly document designed to provide community leaders and local elected officials with basic information to improve roadway safety in their communities.  Originally published by RSF in 2000, this new/updated version includes information on numerous new technologies and engineering treatments like modern roundabouts and median barriers that have been revised with years of safety research and data now supporting their implementation.

“The Guide is extremely timely right now as states across the country are currently in the process of updating their Strategic Highway Safety Plans (SHSP),” said Greg Cohen, Executive Director of the Roadway Safety Foundation.  “The SHSP is developed by each State Department of Transportation in a cooperative process with Local, State, Federal, Tribal and private sector safety stakeholders. It is a data-driven, multi-year comprehensive plan that establishes statewide goals, objectives, and key emphasis areas. We know the Guide will be very valuable to those in the process of updating these safety plans.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes and fatalities increased in 2012 after six consecutive years of declining highway fatalities on our nation’s highways.  The nation lost 33,561 people in crashes on roadways in 2012, compared to 32,479 in 2011.

The Guide includes helpful information such as checklists for identifying roadway trouble spots, information on building successful coalitions, and tips for getting concerns prioritized by the right people who can address them.  Written for non-engineers, it retains the readability that made the first edition so popular, and draws people from all backgrounds into the roadway safety conversation.

The Guide is easy to navigate and includes many features that make it user friendly. There is a tool that makes it searchable by word, direct links to each chapter from the Table of Contents, web links to resources and social media sharing links.

The Guide is sponsored by several RSF members and safety partners including the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), State Farm, the National Association of County Engineers (NACE), the American Bus Association (ABA) and Transpo Industries.  This Guide would not be possible without their generous support.

For additional information on RSF, please visit www.roadwaysafety.org; on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/roadwaysafetyfoundation; and follow us on Twitter at @roadway_safety.

The Roadway Safety Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charitable and educational organization.  Our mission is to reduce the frequency and severity of motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities through improvements to roadway systems and their environment.  For additional information please visit www.roadwaysafety.org.

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RSF211 <![CDATA[2013 National Roadway Safety Awards]]> http://www.roadwaysafety.org/?p=2173 2013-11-06T15:55:41Z 2013-11-06T15:55:41Z FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Cathy Gillen
desk (202) 857-1203
cell (443) 463-4449    
cathygillen@roadwaysafety.org

November 6, 2013

ROADWAY SAFETY FOUNDATION AND FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION HONOR INNOVATIVE,
LIFESAVING HIGHWAY SAFETY PROGRAMS

States, Local Governments, and Private Sector Organizations from
Across the Country Receive Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a Capitol Hill awards ceremony, the Roadway Safety Foundation (RSF) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today recognized 12 exemplary highway projects and programs from across the country as winners of the biennial National Roadway Safety Awards.  Recipients of awards included State and local departments of transportation, a State department of public safety, university programs, and a private firm.  The award winners are credited for reducing fatalities and injuries on our Nation’s roadways through excellence and innovation in operations, planning, and design.

“All government levels are making effective use of shrinking budgets,” said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez. “The National Roadway Safety Awards winners developed innovative ideas to design, build and maintain roads that are safer and provide greater mobility for all Americans.”

“Many people don’t realize that deficiencies in the roadway environment contribute to roughly one-third of all traffic deaths,” said Greg Cohen, Executive Director of the Roadway Safety Foundation.  “The nation’s safety professionals who plan, engineer, and implement innovative solutions to correct these deficiencies work tirelessly every day but receive little public recognition. That’s why we’re very proud today to recognize their efforts to help make America’s roads as safe as they can be for all who use them.”

National Roadway Safety Award recipients were evaluated on three criteria – innovation, effectiveness, and efficient use of resources.  Program categories included infrastructure improvements, operational improvements, and program planning, development, and evaluation.

This year’s honorees include:

•    Connecticut Department of Transportation for proactively converting a rotary to a roundabout, resulting in a 50% reduction in the number of crashes at that site.

•    Cornell Local Roads Program (NY) for developing inspection kits to improve rural sign safety.

•    Genesee County, MI Road Commission for its proactive Safety Improvement Plan for County Roads.

•    Idaho Transportation Department for its Highway Safety Corridor Analysis Project.

•   Idaho Transportation Department for its use of innovative technology in developing a Winter Performance Measure System.

•    Interstate Road Management, Inc., a wholly-owned company of DBi Services, for a Kentucky roads project.

•    Mobile County, AL Engineer’s Office for its efforts to decrease “run-off-the-road” crashes on 10 roadways.

•    Rutgers’ Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (NJ) for their free road safety audit program.

•    South Central Planning & Development Commission (LA) for its proactive data-driven action plan, the South Central Regional Transportation Safety Plan.

•    Tennessee Department of Transportation for its efforts to improve safety at dangerous intersections by implementing new J-Turn designs.

•    Washington State Patrol and the Washington State Department of Transportation for their joint project developing an infrared commercial truck brake screening system.

•    (Honorable Mention) Safe Roads Alliance (MA) for its efforts to educate parents about teen driving laws and keeping their teens safe on the road.

The Federal Highway Administration and the Roadway Safety Foundation present these biennial awards to agencies and organizations across the country that exhibit excellence in roadway design, operations, planning, and safety.

Blue Ribbon Panel Judges included:  Philip J. Caruso, Deputy Executive Director for Technical Programs, Institute of Transportation Engineers; Gregory M. Cohen, P.E., Executive Director, Roadway Safety Foundation; William A. Crank, Senior Community Relations Manager, Michelin North America; Anthony Giancola, P.E., Consultant, formerly of the National Association of County Engineers; Michael Griffith, Director, FHWA Office of Safety Technologies; Tony Kane, Consultant, formerly of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and Richard Pain, Transportation Safety Coordinator, Transportation Research Board.

For additional information on RSF, please visit www.roadwaysafety.org; on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/roadwaysafetyfoundation; and on Twitter at @roadway_safety, #RoadwaySafetyAwards.

For additional information on FHWA safety programs, please visit http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov; on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/pages/Federal-Highway-Administration; and on Twitter at @USDOTFHWA, #RoadwaySafetyAwards.

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ATTENTION EDITORS – Digital photographs of the award winners at the luncheon in Washington, DC will be available. Detailed information on the award winning programs can be found at www.roadwaysafety.org.

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RSF211 <![CDATA[Media Advisory: 2013 National Roadway Safety Awards]]> http://www.roadwaysafety.org/?p=2150 2013-10-30T15:23:33Z 2013-10-29T21:48:07Z FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 30, 2013

CONTACT: Cathy Gillen
desk (202) 857-1203
cell (443) 463-4449
cathygillen@roadwaysafety.org

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari
to Recognize Nation’s Most Innovative Highway Safety Efforts

What: The Roadway Safety Foundation and the Federal Highway Administration 2013 National Roadway Safety Awards Recognition Ceremony.

Why: To recognize the best and most innovative highway safety efforts across the U.S.  With more than 32,000 fatalities on American roads each year, finding new ways to safeguard motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and highway workers is a national priority.

Who:

  • The Honorable John D. Porcari
    United States Deputy Secretary of Transportation
  • Tony Furst
    Associate Administrator for Safety, Federal Highway Administration
  • Gregory M. Cohen, P.E.
    Executive Director, Roadway Safety Foundation
  • Award winning projects in the following states:  Alabama, Connecticut, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, and Washington. An Honorable Mention will also be presented for a program headquartered in Massachusetts and active in 13 States.

When: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Remarks begin at 12:00 noon

Where: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2167
On Independence Avenue between South Capitol and First Streets, SE
Washington, DC 20515

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ATTENTION EDITORS – Photographs of the award winners as well as detailed information on the award winning programs will be available following the event at www.roadwaysafety.org.

For additional information on RSF, please visit www.roadwaysafety.org; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/roadwaysafetyfoundation; and on Twitter at @roadway_safety, #RoadwaySafetyAwards.

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RSF211 <![CDATA[RSF Attends Launch of Global Youth Traffic Safety Month]]> http://www.roadwaysafety.org/?p=2118 2013-05-08T14:42:46Z 2013-05-08T12:15:18Z FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Cathy Gillen               
(o) (202) 857-1203
(c) (443) 463-4449
cathygillen@roadwaysafety.org

May 8, 2013

Roadway Safety Foundation Attends National Launch of Global Youth Traffic Safety Month

(Washington, DC) – The Roadway Safety Foundation will be among the hundreds of attendees at the U.S. launch of Global Youth Traffic Safety Month (GYTSM) today at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.  RSF member National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) sponsors the event.

Among the many distinguished dignitaries will be U.S Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Debra A.P. Hersman, Former U.S Transportation Secretary & Make Roads Safe Chairman Norman Y. Mineta, White House Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske, South Africa Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, Kweku Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland, among many others.

“Young drivers experience disproportionate fatality rates on the roads, which stems from various factors such as inexperience, peer pressure and skewed risk assessments. With summer right around the corner, this event gives the traffic safety community an opportunity to educate and bring awareness to youth traffic safety issues,” said Greg Cohen, Executive Director of the Roadway Safety Foundation.

Following the launch events at the Jefferson Memorial in the morning, the Roadway Safety Foundation will be promoting their new Roadway Safety Guide and other traffic safety materials such as the Recognize, React, Recover and Teen Roadway Safety Advocates DVDs at the NTSB Youth Open House at L’Enfant Plaza, SW in Washington, DC.

The Roadway Safety Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization.  For additional information on RSF and its products, please visit www.roadwaysafety.org.  RSF is also on Facebook and on Twitter. Our videos are also available on-line on our YouTube page.

For additional information on the GYTSM events taking place in Washington, DC and across the country today, please visit www.noys.org.

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RSF211 <![CDATA[Highway Fatalities Increase Calls for Continued Investments in Safety]]> http://www.roadwaysafety.org/?p=2112 2013-05-06T16:26:17Z 2013-05-06T16:24:23Z FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Cathy Gillen
(202) 857-1203 or
(443) 463-4449
cathygillen@roadwaysafety.org

May 6, 2013

Increase in Highway Fatalities in 2012 Calls for Continued Investments in Road Safety

(Washington, D.C.) – Highway fatalities in the United States increased last year 5.3 percent from the previous year, reversing several years of annual declines.  A total of 1,713 more people were killed in traffic crashes in 2012 than in 2011 with a total of 34,080 lives lost, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  The fatality rate, which is the number of deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, also rose - from 1.10 to 1.16.  While total vehicle miles traveled in 2012 increased by 9.1 billion (a .3 percent increase), fatalities increased at a much greater rate of 5.3 percent.

“This news reinforces the fact that we need to do more, not less, to ensure our roads are as safe as possible,” said Greg Cohen, Executive Director of the Roadway Safety Foundation.  “Strong federal investment in roadway safety infrastructure and engineering safety countermeasures is critically needed if our country wants to truly move the needle and tackle the alarming toll that traffic deaths take on our society.”

Recently, Congress passed a two year highway bill that creates performance objectives for reducing highway fatalities and injuries and gives the States needed funding increases in 2013 and 2014 to get America back on track toward reducing deaths and injuries on our roadways.

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) is the first multi-year highway authorization enacted since 2005.  In addition to doubling funding for roadway safety infrastructure improvements as part of the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) to $2.4 billion per year, MAP-21 provides a performance-based management program that emphasizes a data-driven, strategic approach to improving highway safety on all public roads that is based on national safety goals.

“MAP-21 represents a milestone for highway safety,” said Cohen.  “The future of highway safety planning now involves all partners at the table working together to identify key safety problems, establish their relative severity, and adopt strategic and performance-based goals to maximize safety.   These new performance measures that are being adopted at all levels of government will promote effective investments, based on scientific data, and aid States greatly in reducing future traffic crashes and saving lives.”

The Roadway Safety Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charitable and educational organization.  Our mission is to reduce the frequency and severity of motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities through improvements to roadway systems and their environment.  For additional information please visit www.roadwaysafety.org.

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