Vision Zero Nationwide Network of Traffic Safety Advocacy Groups: Communities Working to Save Lives
Well, that’s a mouthful. But it is, in a nutshell, a description of one of the strategies which a Traffic Safety Ombudsman could initiate, organize, and facilitate across communities in this country. The efforts of one person multiplied through a ripple effect — harnessing grief and awareness and outrage into a powerfully-effective force for change.
Fresh out of college, I was hired to be the director a local chapter of a statewide nursing home patient advocacy non-profit organization. I worked within the West Michigan community to mobilize families of nursing home patients and other interested community members and professionals to act on behalf of vulnerable nursing home patients. I consulted with and learned from the official Michigan Long-Term Care Ombudsman.
I envision a similar strategy for mobilizing citizens and workers across the United States to effect traffic safety measures in a more consistent and timely fashion at the local, state, and federal level. MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) are organized in a similar manner. These groups would have as their purpose eliminating preventable crash deaths and serious injuries from ALL known (and currently unknown) causes.
Why do it this way? Because just about any other way is more likely to get dragged out in such a way that it will inevitably result in MORE DEATHS & SERIOUS INJURIES.
Time wasted = Tragedies
This is not, of course, the only strategy which the Traffic Safety Ombudsman would employ. But it is one which is not currently being undertaken by anyone else.
Other posts on community action groups:
- Community project puts a dent in crash fatality numbers (Bangladesh)
- Do it, President Obama, for We the People of this United States of America! #VisionZero
- What will it take to make a significant reduction in the number of people who die on our roads?
- Why on earth don’t we establish National Traffic Safety Standards & require them to be adopted by States?
Other strategies can be found in other posts on this website: Tag Archives: Traffic Safety Ombudsman
See what a Canadian road expert thinks that a Traffic Safety Ombudsman could do: Neil Arason
SIGN & SHARE the TRAFFIC SAFETY OMBUDSMAN Petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/384/321/600/end-preventable-crash-fatalities-appoint-a-national-traffic-safety-ombudsman/