Transportation Roundtable: Roadway Safety During COVID-19 and Beyond
Transportation Roundtable: Roadway Safety During COVID-19 and Beyond – event will focus on roadway trends observed during COVID-19 and what those trends could mean for the future of traffic safety; during this event, NSC will release its motor vehicle fatality estimates for May, and panelists will share compelling information that illustrates why the U.S. must do more to protect road users
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12:30-1:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, July 21
Lorraine Martin, president and CEO, National Safety Council (panelist)
Nanda Srinivasan, associate administrator for research and program development, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (panelist)
Jonathan Adkins, executive director, Governors Highway Safety Association (panelist)
Jake Nelson, director of traffic safety advocacy and research, AAA (panelist)
Kelly Nantel, vice president, Roadway Practice, National Safety Council (moderator)
Though an estimated 40,000 people die each year in preventable traffic crashes in the U.S., preliminary data indicate COVID-19 is altering the dynamics of roadway safety with negative consequences. In both March and April of this year, preliminary estimates from NSC showed that as Americans began driving less and covering fewer miles, the emptier roads became more lethal, with motor vehicle fatality rates per miles driven increasing by double digits compared to the year prior.
Unfortunately, it appears some drivers believe open lanes of traffic mean it is open season on reckless driving. Anecdotal reports indicate speeding, for example, has increased significantly since traffic diminished. Meanwhile, some lawmakers have implemented ill-advised roadway tactics intended to address the COVID-19 pandemic but could negatively affect the safety of road users.
During this roundtable, NSC – in partnership with some of the country’s top transportation leaders – will present its motor vehicle fatality estimates for May and discuss the transportation changes that need to happen as we continue grappling with the pandemic. This includes the roles that employers, federal and state leaders, and public health and safety professionals all play in saving lives on the roads.
*Following the roundtable discussion, media will have the opportunity to ask the panelists questions via the Zoom Q-and-A feature during a moderated session