Preventable injuries, including crashes and other vehicle related incidents, are the leading cause of death for children in the U.S. In fact, around the world, a child dies from a preventable injury every 30 seconds. With safety as our number one priority at DOT, we are working hard every day to reduce the number of injuries in and around cars and on our roadways.
Fortunately, we have terrific safety partners to help us in this mission. And last week, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland and Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez helped one of those partners, Safe Kids, celebrate its 25th anniversary.
For example, the FHWA’s Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative seeks to speed up project completion so road safety improvements can be completed more quickly and drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists can enjoy the safety benefits of those improvements sooner.
A few years ago, Huston Township, Pennsylvania, used an EDC technique called Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil (GRS) to complete construction of a replacement bridge before winter. Had the bridge not been completed, school buses would have had to travel a steep winding detour in potentially icy conditions and children would have had to wait for their bus at the bottom of a steep hill.
Thanks to GRS, the bridge opened before winter set in and those potential dangers were avoided.
The safety professionals at NHTSA are always thinking about how to keep our children and grandchildren safe. Whether it’s child safety seats, bike safety, or heat stroke prevention, NHTSA experts are constantly spreading the safety message through partnerships with groups like Safe Kids.
And at DOT, we are proud to call them partners.