Traffic Justice Initiative
We typically speak of “accidents”, rarely of crashes or road violence; and rarer still do we treat them as matters of systematic injustice. Yet they are more than an accumulation of random events, more than a series of regrettable yet unavoidable byproducts of our transportation system. They constitute a violent and anti-social assault on life, health and community.
We plan to mount a campaign to redefine our societal perspective on motor vehicle crashes, and substantially reduce their occurrence. We will come at this goal from every possible angle, including transforming public discourse about road safety, holding drivers accountable for their actions, changing highway design to better limit motor vehicle speeds, fully enabling the employment of every enforcement technology, and curtailing the use of distracting electronic devices.
We see this as a national campaign, fueled by local groups. A small national staff will provide a broad perspective, technical advice, advocacy support, position papers, press releases, and coordination among local initiatives. Local groups will provide success stories through implementing a menu of local initiatives based on local needs and local interests.
We began this effort in Madison, Wisconsin on September 5, 2006. Some seventy people met for a day to discuss how we might proceed. After distilling all recommendations, we at the National Center for Bicycling & Walking have agreed to take the following steps:
We would like all readers – you -- to do the following:
Please review the following background materials: