FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2015
The International Association of Chiefs of Police Aims for Zero Deaths on U.S. Roadways
With a Broad Coalition A Nationwide Strategy to Reduce Highway Safety Fatalities was Released
Alexandria, VA – The National Strategy on Highway Safety, called Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) was officially rolled out nationwide. The TZD plan provides countermeasures in education, engineering, enforcement and emergency medical services (EMS) for organizations, businesses and individuals to reduce deaths on our roadways from over 33,000 each year to zero.
“The IACP is proud to be part of this important effort. As law enforcement leaders, we have a duty and a responsibility to do what we can to enhance the efforts to save lives on our nation’s roads,” said IACP’s President, Chief Richard Beary, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida. “The TZD National Strategy outlines the steps law enforcement can take to promote a culture of safety and reduce highway fatalities at a much faster rate.”
The National Strategy includes initiatives that are known to be—or are expected to be—effective in addressing specific factors contributing to crashes, have the potential to make a significant reduction in fatalities and serious injuries nationally, or address areas of growing concern.
The TZD plan includes initiatives spanning engineering to education all with the intended result of achieving:
- Safer drivers and passengers
- Safer vulnerable users
- Safer infrastructure
- Enhanced emergency medical services
- Improved safety management
- Safety culture
“Never before have so many key national roadway safety organizations worked together for a united effort,” said Bud Wright, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. “The TZD National Strategy on Highway Safety brings together stakeholders in areas such as engineering, enforcement, education and emergency medical services, all with a vision to eliminate traffic fatalities. This adoption and implementation of the Toward Zero Deaths vision by so many partners demonstrates a unified commitment and major step in the effort to transform our nation’s traffic safety culture.”
Many of the countermeasures included in the TZD plan will take years to implement, while others are being implemented right now.
About Toward Zero Deaths
For more information about the Toward Zero Deaths National Strategy on Highway Safety, visit TowardZeroDeaths.org. The TZD effort is a led by a group of associations representing state and local government agencies working to reduce highway fatalities:
- American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA)
- American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
- Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)
- Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)
- International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
- National Association of County Engineers (NACE)
- National Local Technical Assistance Program Association (NLTAPA)
- National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO)
The Federal Highway Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provided technical support to the TZD efforts.
For more than five years, these associations have been working together to identify and prioritize the leading initiatives that will reduce traffic fatalities over the next 25 years.
About the International Association of Chiefs of Police
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is a dynamic organization that serves as the professional voice of law enforcement. Building on our past success, the IACP addresses cutting edge issues confronting law enforcement though advocacy, programs and research, as well as training and other professional services. IACP is a comprehensive professional organization that supports the law enforcement leaders of today and develops the leaders of tomorrow.