The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) conducted an investigative report about pedestrian safety and identified specific changes and improvements that can help reduce the number of pedestrian deaths in this country. When a pedestrian is involved in a traffic accident, he or she is much more likely to suffer serious or fatal injuries than the occupants in the motor vehicle. Whereas the people inside the car are protected by the exterior of the vehicle, as well as seatbelts and airbags, there is nothing protecting the pedestrian from the force of the impact. The report provides recommendations that can help improve the safety of pedestrians.
In addition to vehicle improvements, the NTSB also recommended infrastructure improvements, adaptive headlight standards, increased support for state and local safety projects, and a more effective plan for state and local governments to collect and utilize pedestrian safety and highway accident data. The recommendations were addressed to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the three organizations that have the power to implement these changes.
Recommendations from NTSB Report
The NTSB report examined 15 pedestrian deaths, the average number of pedestrians killed each day from when the project began. The report focuses on a range of issues that impact pedestrian safety. Researchers made the following safety recommendations:
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard should include performance-based standards for headlight systems in order to ensure proper headlight height and lighting performance. The Standard should also allow for adaptive headlight systems.
- Develop performance test criteria for vehicle designs, including front bumpers and vehicle hoods, and for manufacturers that will help prevent accident injuries.
- New Car Assessment Programs should include pedestrian collisions avoidance systems, as part of their pedestrian safety systems.
- Come up with comprehensive pedestrian crash data that reflect the different types of accidents, and that can be used to simulate pedestrian collision avoidance systems.
- Collaborate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to produce a national database of pedestrian injuries and fatalities using highway crash data from all states.
- Study earlier Crash Outcome Data Evaluation Systems and create updated methods that state and city planning organizations that use to collect data on pedestrian accidents. Create a framework that will allow the data to be combined.
Federal Highway Administration
- Increase the level of support given to state and local safety projects in order to promote pedestrian safety and create a network of safety improvements.
- Create streamlines definitions and methods that states and local planning groups that use to collect data on pedestrian safety issues.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Collaborate with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to come up with an effective way for states to combines their crash data and injury data, in an effort to establish a national database of pedestrian injuries and fatalities.
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