April 19, 2018|
AAA Joins Road to Zero in Releasing Proposal for Eliminating Deaths by 2050
Motor vehicle deaths remain high - New report lays out strategies to save lives
DEARBORN, MI (Apr 19, 2018)– As a member of the Road to Zero Coalition, managed by the National Safety Council , AAA joins the coalition in releasing a COMPREHENSIVE REPORT explicitly laying out strategies for ending all roadway deaths in the United States by 2050. It is the first time in the nation’s history that so many organizations – more than 600 – have collaborated to put forth a comprehensive plan to address motor vehicle fatalities, which have been increasing after years of decline.
The Coalition identified proven, life-saving actions for the short-, mid-, and long-terms that should be taken by federal and state officials, automakers, technology manufacturers, business leaders, law enforcement and safety advocates. These actions include embracing current countermeasures that work, accelerating advanced safety technologies into the fleet, and adopting a culture of zero deaths, which has dramatically improved roadway safety in other countries but has not been implemented widely in the United States.
The report, A Road to Zero: A vision for achieving zero roadway deaths by 2050, is released in the midst of a national discussion about infrastructure and the need to rebuild our nation’s transportation systems.
“We demand 100 percent safe operations in aviation, marine, pipeline, rail and transit, we should cultivate a corresponding societal demand for safe roads,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “With these three guidelines, everyone can do something to reduce fatalities on the roadway. Getting to zero fatalities is not impossible – it just hasn’t been done yet.”
“As an advocate for traffic safety, AAA in Michigan is proud to be part of the Road To Zero Coalition” said Susan Hiltz, Michigan public affairs director for AAA – The Auto Club. “AAA continues to support road improvements in our state and is supportive of increased and dedicated investments into our transportation infrastructure systems.”
The Road to Zero Coalition is a coordinated, data-driven response to the increase in roadway deaths.
It was founded in 2016 by a group of public and private entities, including federal government, state government, non-profit, and private sector entities to end all fatalities on our roadways by 2050. Since October 2016, more than 600 organizations, individuals and companies have joined the coalition.
AAA provides more than 58 million members with automotive, travel, insurance and financial services through its federation of 36 motor clubs and nearly 1,100 branch offices across North America. Since 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for safe mobility. Drivers can request roadside assistance, identify nearby gas prices, locate discounts, book a hotel or map a route via the AAA Mobile app. To join, visit AAA.com.
AAA in Michigan celebrated its 100th Anniversary - A Century of Service in 2016 and has over 1.4 million members across the state. It is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG). Connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 57 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.
About Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation
Established by AAA – The Auto Club Group in 2010, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc. (ACGTSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and public charity dedicated to producing a significant and continuous reduction in traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in the communities targeted by its efforts. ACGTSF provides programs, education and outreach to increase public awareness about the importance of traffic safety and improve driving behavior. ACGTSF is funded by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions from organizations and individuals who support ACGTSF’s purpose.
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