Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg today launched a USDOT “National Roadway Safety Strategy (NRSS) Call to Action campaign, asking stakeholders to commit to specific actions in 2023 to reduce serious injuries and deaths on our roadways, which have reached crisis levels,” according to a USDOT news release. After years of decline, traffic fatalities spiked with the start of the pandemic and remain high. So far, 49 “early adopters” have signed on to the safety campaign, “including health and safety advocates, the private sector, municipal and law enforcement organizations, and more.” USDOT’s NRSS outlines a comprehensive approach to reducing traffic deaths that includes “safer people, safer vehicles, safer speeds, safer roads, and post-crash care, to work towards a goal of zero fatalities.”
Quarterly updates on NRSS implementation can be tracked on an online dashboard and in more detailed progress reports. Read here about the Call to Action commitments that have already been made. Stakeholders may self-report their responses to the open call through this online form.