[nfbwatlk] {Disarmed} FW: New bill could help curb preventable pedestrian deaths

Jacob Struiksma lawnmower84 at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 6 18:36:05 UTC 2011



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Dear Jacob


XL5lSZMGBudV1OCP> federal dollars build safer streets than this?

Imagine the horror of losing your child, your friend or your family member
simply because they were walking in the wrong place at the wrong time. To
those who haven't experienced this kind of tragedy, it may sound paranoid
and unlikely but the fact is, it happens - a lot.

>From 2000 to 2009, 47,700 Americans were simply walking when they were
struck and killed. Another 688,000 were injured in that same time period -
meaning a pedestrian was hit by a car or truck every 7 minutes for the past
ten years.

Uu97e8w5MGBudV1OCP> Join us in asking your lawmakers to support legislation
that will ensure that new and reconstructed roads are built to be safe for
everyone that uses them. 

Despite the incredible magnitude of these avoidable tragedies, the federal
government and many state departments of transportation have made a
dangerous choice, prioritizing the movement of cars over the safety of all
people, even in our neighborhoods.

Two-thirds of these deaths occurred on roads built to federal guidelines,
typically with federal funding. Shouldn't our federal transportation dollars
build roads that are safe for all users?

We know that prioritizing safety with federal transportation dollars and
policy saves lives. Efforts to improve vehicle design, encourage seat belt
and child car seats, and discourage drunk and distracted driving have
resulted in a 27 percent reduction in traffic fatalities over the last
decade. But the dangerous conditions for pedestrians have largely gone
unaddressed and fatalities have barely budged.

Clearly, the system is broken and it's time to fix it!

Ask your senators and representative to ensure that federal dollars don't
build roads that are "dangerous by design." Ask
X6i4VZMGBudV1OCP> your congressional delegation to support the Safe and
Complete Streets Act of 2011, ensuring federal transportation investments
take into account the needs of everyone using the road.

Our transportation system should work for everyone.  It's time to fix it to
make it safe, reliable, and accessible for everyone!


Stephen Lee Davis
Deputy Communications Director
Transportation for America


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