An average of 16 pedestrians are killed each day in the U.S. - a total of 5,987 in 2016 alone - and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) wants to do something about it.
The problem isn’t a new one; pedestrian fatalities have been on the upswing every year since 2009. The NTSB has conducted four investigations, one safety study and issued 10 safety recommendations related to pedestrian safety since 1971. The agency also held a Pedestrian Safety Forum in 2016.
At a public meeting scheduled for Sept. 25, 2018, the NTSB plans to delve deeper into safety issues like:
- pedestrian conspicuity
- vehicle design
- collision avoidance systems
- safety infrastructure and
- data needs for better understanding of pedestrian safety problems and solutions
During the meeting, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center in Washington, D.C., investigative staff from the Office of Highway Safety will present findings and recommendations from the special investigation report on pedestrian safety to the five-member board.
The board meeting is open to the public and may be viewed via webcast. A link for the webcast will be available at http://ntsb.capitolconnection.org/ shortly before the start of the meeting.