May 15, 2022 America Walks: Vehicle Safety for Pedestrians 101

Traffic Safety Pulse News

It’s well known now: Vehicles in the U.S. are getting bigger, more angry-looking, and more dangerous to pedestrians. And it’s leading to near-record high pedestrian deaths. But for the first time in U.S. history, federal regulators are taking steps to help ensure vehicles are safer for those outside cars. A new rule-making from NHTSA would finally begin rating cars — on the five-star scale — for impacts to pedestrians. New crash avoidance technologies — like automatic emergency braking — that have major potential to reduce deaths and injuries will be subject to testing and in some cases mandated.  

View the recording of panelists Catherine Chase, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Sindhu Bharadwaj, Program Manager of Policy at NACTO, and David Ward, Executive President of Towards Zero Foundation while they unpack what’s at stake and how you can get involved in ensuring the new regulation goes far enough to protect pedestrians. Click here for recording.