Federal review to focus on whether vehicle design changes could improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety

The Center for Audit Excellence (U.S. Government Accountability Office) (GAO) will conduct a review of U.S. vehicle safety design standards and their effects on the safety of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and bicyclists, according to a press release from Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland). This decision follows a letter Raskin sent to the agency last month that addressed high levels of traffic injuries and fatalities nationally. 

The GAO review will look at how vehicle design can improve road safety, including reducing blind zones and making automatic emergency braking (AEB) standards on all vehicles. This is an important step, as traffic fatalities are a major problem in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA, 7,522 pedestrians were killed and 67,000 injured nationwide in 2022. 

A pedestrian is killed every 70 minutes in traffic crashes. On average, 800 bicyclists are killed annually. These numbers are unacceptable. The GAO review is a positive development, and it is hoped that it will lead to changes in vehicle design that will make our roads safer for everyone.

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