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| director's message
Safety, First and Foremost
As transportation professionals we often say our highest priority
is safety. But is it really? Despite our best intentions, we can often
lose sight of our responsibility to protect the traveling public.
Fatality numbers are staggering, and likely familiar to you, but
I think they bear repeating. The World Health Organization
estimates 1.25 million road traffic deaths, annually, globally.
Almost half killed were motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians. In
the United States, 35,092 people lost their lives in traffic crashes
in 2015, ending a 5-decade trend of declining fatalities with a 7.2 percent increase in
deaths from 2014, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
U.S. pedestrian fatalities have risen 12 percent from 2006 to 2015.
We need to start by recognizing that the demands on us as transportation
professionals are complex. We are asked to provide mobility-trillions of miles in the U.S.
alone-AND protect travelers from all kinds of dangers, including sometimes themselves.
This is a really hard thing to do. But we also need to get our minds around the idea that it
is not impossible. This is the essence of Vision Zero.
With a growing embrace of the idea that no loss of life is acceptable, many cities
and states are adopting Vision Zero programs to implement more effective safety
strategies and policies. Vision Zero is a multidisciplinary approach involving political,
transportation, education, enforcement, and public health officials. Adopting Vision Zero
is causing cities and states to make changes in policies, designs, operations, and more.
ITE's more than 15,000 members have the ability (and responsibility) to be leaders
in this effort. ITE released the Vision Zero Website and Safety Resources Toolbox
( in April 2017. The Toolbox was recently updated to make it easier
to find and access these resources. Currently, the ITE Vision Zero Steering Committee is
finalizing an action plan of ITE activities related to managing vehicle speeds, a key Vision
Zero concept. Technology will play an important role in achieving Vision Zero. Connected
and automated vehicles (CV/AV) offer the promise of dramatically reducing fatalities and
serious injuries, but there is much work to do. ITE has established a new CV/AV initiative
to ensure that the transportation professionals responsible for managing and operating the
transportation system are helping to shape the policies, technologies, and operations of
these new systems so that this safety promise is realized.
For Vision Zero to succeed, we must take responsibility as individual transportation
professionals. The decisions we make every day can-and do-make a difference in whether
someone lives or dies. We need to let go of the idea that crashes are "accidents." Do not be
fooled by reports that 93 percent of crashes are due to human error and assume there is
nothing we can do. We should not blindly follow minimum standards and be satisfied we are
designing for safety. We need to be educated in the latest tools and use the full knowledge
available to us. We must have the courage to make decisions that may be unpopular with
some part of our constituencies. This is not easy, but if not us, then who? ITE is firmly
resolved that we must do better to eliminate traffic fatalities. ITE's unique network of highlyskilled practitioners can play an important role in helping states and local communities
identify the policies, tools, and techniques that save lives. As always, I welcome your feedback
at, through ITE Community, and on Twitter at @JeffPaniatiITE.

Jeffrey F. Paniati, P.E. (F)
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

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Michelle S. Birdsall
Senior Editor and Writer

Marianne E. Saglam

Communications and Media Senior Director, Managing Editor

Pam Goodell

Marketing Senior Director

Content Worx
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Jeffrey F. Paniati, P.E. (F)

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Kathi P. Driggs, IOM

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Jeffrey A. Lindley, P.E. (F)

Associate Executive Director and Chief Technical Officer

Sonya Torres

Accounting Specialist

Ann O'Neill

Certification Programs Manager

Sallie C. Dollins

Membership Services Associate

Zach Pleasant

Information Technology Services Senior Director

Carol A. MacDougall

Meetings Senior Director

Eunice Chege Thoya

Membership Associate

Jennifer Childs

Membership Database Associate-Data Services

Nicola Tavares

Technical Products Manager

Melissa Gaskins

Receptionist/Executive Office Assistant

Douglas E. Noble, P.E., PTOE (F)

Management and Operations Senior Director

Colleen A. Agan

Senior Director of Membership Strategies and Operations

Kevin G. Hooper, P.E. (F)

Strategic Projects (Consultant)

Courtney Day

Professional Development Manager

Tatiana Richey

Contracts Manager

Steven M. Lavrenz, Ph.D., E.I.T. (M)
Technical Programs Specialist

Deborah L. Rouse

Technical Publications Manager

Lisa M. Fontana Tierney, P.E. (F)
Traffic Engineering Senior Director

Siva R.K. Narla (M)

Transportation Technology Senior Director

Niloo Parvinashtiani

Technical Programs Associate

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