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Local Leaders Will Advise States on Road Safety Under New US Plan

Amid a surge in traffic deaths, new guidance from the Department of Transportation pushes states to address pedestrian fatalities on their streets.

Traffic on Highway 50 in Sacramento, California. States are now required to develop Vulnerable Road User Safety Assessments and submit them by November 2023.

Traffic on Highway 50 in Sacramento, California. States are now required to develop Vulnerable Road User Safety Assessments and submit them by November 2023.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Following a surge in traffic deaths in 2021, the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration is urging states to work with local leaders and advocacy organizations to assess the most dangerous roads for pedestrians and cyclists, and develop plans to make them safer.

The new guidance, announced today, is part of DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s broader National Roadway Safety Strategy, a long-term plan to eliminate traffic fatalities that he unveiled in January