ATSSA Hails Decade of Action for Road Safety Efforts to Decrease Global Roadway Deaths

Today, the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) hailed the efforts of the entire Decade of Action for Road Safety Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is comprised of ATSSA, FIA Foundation, Association for Safe International Road Travel, and the National Organizations for Youth Safety. The Decade of Action’s goal is to reduce the 1.3 million individuals killed each year on roads throughout the world by half by 2020. Approximately 33,000 of those fatalities occur here at home in the United States, and ATSSA’s 1,600 members are working each day to make American and international roads as safe as possible for motorists and all road users.

ATSSA’s members are proud to play their part through the manufacturing, distribution, and installation of roadway safety infrastructure devices such as guardrail, cable barrier, signs, pavement markings, rumble strips, and temporary traffic control devices.

ATSSA President and CEO Roger A. Wentz stated, “ATSSA is a proud partner in this global initiative. Cost effective safety solutions on roadways throughout the world will dramatically reduce fatalities and serious injuries as well as help to encourage economic and commercial growth in developing countries. But more importantly, ATSSA members stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our partners in helping to reduce the 33,000 American lives lost each year on roadways as well as the 1.3 million lives lost internationally.”

Roadway safety infrastructure devices are cost effective solutions that can be deployed even when national budgets are constrained. This manner of combating roadway deaths has been very successful in the United States and will most certainly be beneficial internationally.

Wentz also added, “ATSSA strives to be a resource for governments around the world as they work with their transportation officials and non-governmental organizations on making their roads safer for all travelers. Through cooperation, safety infrastructure investment, and a commitment to the preservation of life, we can halve global roadway deaths by 2020 and continue to move Toward Zero Deaths on all roads – at home and abroad.”

Words By James Baron

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