|via Twitter and Streetsblog|
some of the most progressive states are calling for more people dead under new “targets” for certain performance measures they must report to the federal government....We've occasionally checked in here on SKATS' work on goals as they compile the regional subset of the statewide goals, but not really looked at the whole for the state.
But the first round of goal-setting makes it clear states aren’t willing to make the substantive, structural changes to really improve safety. All of the states seem to be treating it more like a modeling exercise than any sort of call to action.
So it was natural to see if Oregon, as a "progressive state," was calling for more people dead.
It was somewhat reassuring to see Oregon's numbers do not call for an increase. Still, given the current trends, what is the likelihood we will suddenly fall from our current death rate around 500 deaths per year to the "target" value of 343? This is a Potemkin standard!
|from Oregon's set of goals|
|This is a safety program also!|
If we really want to make our roads safer, we will focus on driving less often, driving shorter distances, driving more slowly, making driving a choice of secondary or even last resort; and focus on making walking, biking, and busing lovely, appealing, and efficient, the mobility choices of first resort.
The green transportation hierarchy is not merely useful as a guide to carbon reduction and sustainable travel; it points the way also to a safety program, one with enduring benefits, far more structural that futzing around on distracted driving or promoting TNCs as a drunk-driving strategy.
And see also here:
- "Distracted Driving Piece misses Main Factor" with notes from Todd Litman: "The current paradigm favors targeted safety programs that reduce special risks such as youth, senior and impaired driving. A new paradigm recognizes that all vehicle travel imposes risks, and so supports vehicle travel reduction strategies...."
- "Traffic Violence Story Misses Biggest Ingredients: Too Much, too Fast Driving" with a longer discussion of our primary mistake on cell phone causation
- "More Mixed Messaging and Autoism in Teen 'Safety' Course" on our incoherence
- "Understanding Safety: Crash Rates vs Counts on State Street" on our confusion about "better driving" versus harm reduction