US DOT Unveils New Tools to Help Communities Keep Pedestrians Safe

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced a new set of tools to help communities combat the rising number of pedestrian deaths that have occurred over the last two years. As part of the campaign, the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is making $2 million in pedestrian safety grants available to cities with the highest rate of pedestrian deaths. States have until Aug. 30 to apply for a total of $2 million that can be used for education and enforcement initiatives in 22 focus states and cities (including Atlanta and the state of Georgia) where pedestrian deaths are greater than the national average.

The NHTSA is also partnering with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to launch a comprehensive  website with safety tips and resources for local leaders, city planners, parents and others involved in improving pedestrian safety. This online resource presents pedestrian safety information from the DOT and provides safety tips and resources that communities can use to keep pedestrians safe. These resources include information for parents on teaching children about safe walking, reports on effective pedestrian projects for state highway safety offices and guides for community pedestrian safety advocates.

“Whether you live in a city or a small town, and whether you drive a car, take the bus or ride a train, at some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian,” said Secretary Foxx. “We all have a reason to support pedestrian safety, and now, everyone has new tools to help make a difference.”

For more information, check out NHTSA’s new website with pedestrian safety resources www.nhtsa.gov/everyoneisapedestrian.

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