Safety issues related to pedestrian conspicuity,
vehicle design, collision avoidance systems, safety infrastructure
countermeasures and data needs for better understanding of pedestrian safety
problems and solutions are the subject of an open to the public NTSB meeting
scheduled for Sept. 25, 2018.
During the meeting, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in
the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center, investigative staff from the Office
of Highway Safety will present findings and recommendations from the special
investigation report on pedestrian safety to the five-member board.
Following the NTSB’s Pedestrian Safety Forum in 2016,
the Office of Highway Safety
investigated a series of 15 highway crashes in which vehicles struck and killed
pedestrians between April 24 and Nov. 3, 2016. While not a representative
sample of pedestrian crashes (that could be generalized for all pedestrian
crashes), the NTSB selected cases for investigation that cover the range of
pedestrian crash characteristics. The number, 15, was symbolic of the average
number of pedestrians killed each day in 2016. Unfortunately, during the
completion of this study, that average number increased to 16 pedestrians
killed daily. Pedestrian fatalities have increased every year since 2009, with
5,987 pedestrians killed in 2016 because of vehicle crashes.
Before this special investigation report, the NTSB had
conducted four investigations, one safety study and issued 10 safety
recommendations related to pedestrian safety since 1971.
Investigative staff and NTSB board members
NTSB Board Room and Conference Center,
420 10th St., SW, Washington
Sept. 25, 2018, 9 a.m. (media covering the event are asked to be in place
later than 8:45 a.m. on the day of the event)
The board meeting is open to the public and may be
viewed via webcast. A link for the webcast will be available at http://ntsb.capitolconnection.org/
shortly before the start of the meeting.