States Strategize to Increase Traffic Safety

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) today announced four states, ColoradoIllinoisNorth Carolina and South Dakota, have been selected to participate in a learning lab focused on state strategies to reduce highway and traffic fatalities and injuries.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported a record increase in the number of traffic-related fatalities, totaling more than 35,000 deaths in 2015.Thus, traffic safety remains a pressing concern across the nation—and governors are an essential part of the solution. Funded by the CDC, this learning lab will help states seeking to strengthen collaboration and existing efforts across state agencies to improve safety for all road users.

Through the learning lab, state teams will explore strategies for improving traffic safety and reducing the number of motor vehicle injuries and fatalities, furthering collaboration among state officials and stakeholders, conducting cross-system safety planning and implementing education and enforcement strategies.

NGA learning labs provide an opportunity for a small group of state teams to learn about the details of a state program that is successfully putting an innovative practice in place. The traffic safety learning lab will take place July 25-26, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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