The GHSA data analysis confirmed that:
* Compared with all other racial groups, American Indian/
* American Indian/
* Black persons had the second highest rate of total traffic deaths, pedestrian traffic deaths and bicyclist traffic deaths.
* Traffic fatality rates among white persons exceed those of BIPOC in motorcycle driver and passenger deaths.
"Our nation's historic inequalities have contributed to an unacceptable imbalance in traffic safety," said GHSA Executive Director
SHSOs are responsible for addressing speeding, impaired driving and other behavioral safety issues that contribute to traffic crashes, and work with their engineering counterparts to address the role of infrastructure in crashes. The report identifies actions states and communities can undertake when considering traffic enforcement, safety education and community outreach to better serve minority communities and reduce crashes, injuries and deaths for those who have been most affected by race-related disparities in transportation, including:
* Prioritize planning and investment in infrastructure safety countermeasures in underserved/lower socioeconomic communities and neighborhoods that have suffered from years of bias and disinvestment.
* Treat traffic crash involvement as a health disparity issue. Consider how public health approaches to other issues, including mental health and poverty, can inform traffic crash prevention countermeasures.
* Ensure diverse representation in state/city government transportation leadership positions and on traffic safety groups tasked with developing and implementing state and municipal plans.
* Develop new, research-based interventions that prevent traffic crashes before they occur and/or before enforcement activities are required.
* Tailor and develop with BIPOC input safety education campaigns and outreach efforts that address the needs and culture of diverse communities.
* Extensively engage with local BIPOC leadership to determine if and how an equitable traffic enforcement program can be implemented in their community.
* Assess how current traffic enforcement approaches can exacerbate racial/socioeconomic issues and work with stakeholders to identify and implement solutions.
This initiative is part of a broader GHSA focus on equity and builds on the association's
At its 2021 Annual Meeting, GHSA will bring together national and state leaders early this fall in
Richard Retting, former Director of Safety & Research at
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