State DOT Panel Calls U.S. Traffic Deaths a “National Health Crisis.”


On January 14 at the 2020 Transportation Research Board annual meeting in Washington D.C., Patrick McKenna – executive director of the Missouri Department of Transportation and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 2019-2020 president – convened a panel to discuss highway safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 36,000 lives were lost in the U.S. in 2018 due to traffic crashes – and reducing that number is one of McKenna’s top emphasis areas for his one-year term as AASHTO’s president. In addition to comments from McKenna, this video report includes interviews with: Mike Tooley, director of the Montana DOT; and Toks Omishakin, director of Caltrans. Learn more about this important issue via this story in the AASHTO Journal.

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