National Strategy on Highway Safety | Toward Zero Deaths
While so much progress has been made in efforts to prevent fatalities, traffic safety professionals and advocates nationwide understand the magnitude of both the challenge and the efforts necessary to continue to make significant progress. Highway safety stakeholders—including government agencies, private industry, safety advocates, associations representing professionals, and individuals—are committed to reducing fatalities to zero. These stakeholders continuously expand their efforts to improve highway safety and they are committed to do more of what stakeholders know works, while also using new approaches, materials, and technologies to reach safety goals sooner.
TZD Proud Partners are committed to putting safety first by adopting the vision of Toward Zero Deaths. These organizations and states stand at the forefront of improving traffic safety culture to reduce the number of fatalities on our roads.
If you and your organization or state want to become a Proud Partner, please register as a partner and receive access to the TZD Toolkit, which will help you on your way to zero.
National Zero-Focused Traffic Safety Programs
Zero traffic-related fatalities is the only acceptable goal. Unfortunately, our nation sees approximately 40,000 traffic deaths per year. Reducing that number requires a concerted group effort. Currently, there are three national programs focused on reducing traffic fatalities to zero—Toward Zero Deaths (TZD), Vision Zero and Road to Zero. While these approaches to reaching zero use different names, they are complementary efforts that support the shared goal of safe mobility for all people. This collaboration of unified programs promotes a multi-disciplinary approach, meaning they encourage involvement from a variety of stakeholders. The engagement happens across the country, throughout state and local organizations, and within communities large and small that all focus on the goal of zero traffic-related deaths. This document provides an overview for each of these programs.