NOTICE FROM THE SEATTLE MAYOR”S OFFICE: Road Safety Summit kicks off with public meeting
How can we improve safety on our roads and ensure everyone gets where they’re going safely? The first step is to listen to what the public has to say. On Monday we kicked off the Road Safety Summit with the first of three Public Forums. More than 100 members of the public and participants in the Summit Workgroup came together at City Hall to share their ideas on what we can do as a community to make our roads safer. We heard a lot of good ideas about ways we can improve education, enforcement, and engineering on our roads. We also heard a lot of support for the idea that empathy for each other has to be an important part of creating a culture of safety.
Members of the Summit Workgroup– which includes representatives of traffic safety experts, healthcare representatives, advocates for drivers, bikers, and pedestrians, business leaders, and business and labor leaders — will review the public’s feedback and ideas to produce a set of recommendations for improving road safety in December.
Dr. David Fleming, Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County, gave a brief presentation of traffic safety and public health. He pointed out that injuries (including traffic injuries) are the leading cause of death in Seattle for people ages 1-44, with an average of 26 deaths per year. Despite the fact that a smaller number of overall crashes involve pedestrians and bicyclists, they represent a much higher percentage of serious injuries and fatalities. Dr. Fleming also explained most of these deaths are preventable, but there is not a single answer. Instead we need to look at a range of different tools that we can use. Watch his presentation: