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INDUSTRY NEWS
ITE Signs on to Letter to President Biden Calling
for Reduction in Traffic Fatalities
ITE recently joined more than 74 other organizations in signing
on to a letter addressed to U.S. President Joseph Biden calling for a
commitment to reduce traffic fatalities to zero by 2050.
" We are committed to roadway safety and know what it takes to
achieve zero deaths. It will take action at the local, state and federal
levels. A commitment by you and your administration to prioritize
safety, including adopting the Safe System approach, will provide the
leadership needed to save lives, " the letter states.
With the recent confirmation of U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Pete Buttigieg, these organizations along with individuals are also
sending messages with the hashtag #DearSecretaryPete over social
media, encouraging him to join in the effort to reduce traffic fatalities and make an ambitious commitment to safety.
The lead organizations on the letter are Families for Safe
Streets, Toward Zero Deaths, Road to Zero Coalition, and Vision
Zero Network.

AAA Pedestrian Fatality Report
This research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety examines
the increase in pedestrian fatalities from 2009 to 2018 through analysis of changes in the presence of certain pedestrian, driver, vehicle,
and environmental factors.
From 2009 to 2018, pedestrian fatalities in the United States
increased 53 percent, from 4,109 to 6,283, after decreasing for three
decades. The proportion of all traffic fatalities that were pedestrians
increased from 12 percent to 17 percent over the same time period.
Between 2010 and 2017, the United States experienced the largest
percentage increase in pedestrian fatalities among 30 countries in
the Organization for Economic Co-operation & Development, 24 of
which saw decreases in pedestrian fatalities.
Although major risk factors for pedestrian crashes, injuries,
and deaths are well documented (i.e., high speeds, large vehicles,
poor lighting) and some studies have examined long-term trends in
pedestrian fatalities, not much is known about the factors underlying the large increase in pedestrian fatalities in recent years. The

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