Association for Safe International Road Travel

Association for Safe International Road Travel ASIRT, The Association for Safe International Road Travel, is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that promotes road travel safety through education and advocacy.
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Advocates agree- we need better safety laws now
06/16/2021
Advocates Demand Better Car Safety Standards From Senate

Advocates agree- we need better safety laws now

The next baseline infrastructure bill can no longer ignore the need for common-sense vehicle safety improvements that save vulnerable road users’ lives, a coalition of advocates and lawmakers said …

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06/07/2021

Join us!

This week, we're partnering with Lodestone Safety International, and ASIRT (Association for Safe International Road Travel) for our upcoming webinar, Return to Travel: Considerations for 2021, on Thursday, June 10!

Our panelists (Bill Frederick, Natalie A. Mello, Patrick Morgan, and Gayle S. Nadler) will focus on the key topics that study abroad personnel and risk managers must know about as we return to travel and will explore current issues that have become apparent post-pandemic to include COVID considerations, as well as a focus on the ever present risks of road travel.

We hope to see you there! Sign up now: https://account.forumea.org/certifications/training/viewCourseOffering/WEBINAR-SHARING-BEST-PRACTICES-SERIES-QUky45MzATYvSLAWH93WN5dPpsnctZwm #educationabroad #internationaleducation

05/23/2021

Montgomery County Council member Andrew Friedson speaks with Rochelle Sobel and local citizens during Global Road Safety Week
#GRSW
#Safestreetsforall

05/23/2021

Please stop by one of these locations this afternoon to lend your support for road safety in Montgomery County MD.
#Roadsafety
#GRSW
#Roadsafetyngos
#Streetsforlife

COMMUNITY ACTION GETS RESULTS!
Join us Sunday, May 23
This Sunday, May 23, ASIRT and the Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) will hold outdoor events at a number of dangerous intersections across Montgomery County in commemoration of Global UN Road Safety Week (May 17-23). Community members and political officials will join together to call attention to these hazardous intersections and advocate for life-saving improvements.

The first event will begin at 1:00pm at the bus stop at Georgia Avenue and Regina Drive and at the bus stop at Georgia Avenue and Rippling Brook Drive where a ghost shoes memorial will be held to mark several road fatalities that have taken place along this route. Councilmember Evan Glass also will be in attendance.

At 2:00pm, ASIRT and MCCPTA will hold simultaneous events at the following designated dangerous intersections around Montgomery County:
—Seven Locks Road and Gainsborough Road (Potomac) Councilmember Andrew Friedson and Senator Susan Lee will be in attendance.
—Route 355 and Shakespeare Boulevard (Germantown)
Route 355 and Middlebrook Road (Germantown)
—Georgia Avenue and University Boulevard (Wheaton)
East-West Highway and Montgomery Avenue (Bethesda)
—Macon Road and Ashley Drive (Veirs Mill/Rockville)
—Dewey Road and Olden Road (Veirs Mill/Silver Spring)

Community members are encouraged to attend events in support of Global UN Road Safety Week and in an effort to help affect change in their neighborhoods. There will be opportunities at each site for attendees to share concerns and suggestions.

Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) and the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) Join Together ...
05/20/2021

Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) and the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) Join Together for Global UN Road Safety Week Event on Sunday, May 23

POTOMAC, Maryland--On Sunday, May 23, the Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) and the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) will hold outdoor events at a number of dangerous intersections across Montgomery County, Maryland, in commemoration of Global UN Road Safety Week (May 17-23). Community members and political officials will join together to call attention to these hazardous intersections and advocate for life-saving improvements.

The first event will begin at 1:00pm at the bus stop at Georgia Avenue and Regina Drive and at the bus stop at Georgia Avenue and Rippling Brook Drive where representatives of MCCPTA, ASIRT and concerned citizens will participate in a ghost shoes memorial marking several tragic crashes resulting in deaths along this route. The most recent crash in this area happened just over three weeks ago when a local resident was struck and killed just a few blocks from where her husband was similarly killed just a few years ago.

Following the first event on Georgia Avenue, MCCPTA and ASIRT will hold simultaneous events at 2:00pm at the following designated dangerous intersections around Montgomery County:
● Route 355 and Shakespeare Boulevard(Germantown)
● Route 355 and Middlebrook Road (Germantown)
● Georgia Avenue and University Boulevard (Wheaton)
● East-West Highway and Montgomery Avenue (Bethesda)
● Seven Locks Road and Gainsborough Road (Potomac)
Councilmember Andrew Friedson and Senator Susan Lee will be in attendance.
● Macon Road and Ashley Drive (Veirs Mill/Rockville)
● Dewey Road and Olden Road (Veirs Mill/Silver Spring)

Community members are encouraged to attend events in support of Global UN Road Safety Week and in an effort to help affect change in their neighborhoods. There will be opportunities at each site for attendees to share concerns and suggestions for improvements.
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This year marks the 6th Global UN Road Safety Week. The theme for this year is “Streets for Life.” During Global UN Road Safety Week countries the world over will call attention to the high number of deaths and injuries on the world’s roads and highlight actions and initiatives that can dramatically reduce these senseless tragedies. By participating in Global UN Road Safety Week, we are working together to garner political commitments at national and local levels and to generate support for lower speed measures to create safe, healthy, green and livable cities. The goal is to deliver a united message to demand “streets for life.”

Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) and the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) Join Together for Global UN Road Safety Week Event on Sunday, May 23

POTOMAC, Maryland--On Sunday, May 23, the Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) and the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) will hold outdoor events at a number of dangerous intersections across Montgomery County, Maryland, in commemoration of Global UN Road Safety Week (May 17-23). Community members and political officials will join together to call attention to these hazardous intersections and advocate for life-saving improvements.

The first event will begin at 1:00pm at the bus stop at Georgia Avenue and Regina Drive and at the bus stop at Georgia Avenue and Rippling Brook Drive where representatives of MCCPTA, ASIRT and concerned citizens will participate in a ghost shoes memorial marking several tragic crashes resulting in deaths along this route. The most recent crash in this area happened just over three weeks ago when a local resident was struck and killed just a few blocks from where her husband was similarly killed just a few years ago.

Following the first event on Georgia Avenue, MCCPTA and ASIRT will hold simultaneous events at 2:00pm at the following designated dangerous intersections around Montgomery County:
● Route 355 and Shakespeare Boulevard(Germantown)
● Route 355 and Middlebrook Road (Germantown)
● Georgia Avenue and University Boulevard (Wheaton)
● East-West Highway and Montgomery Avenue (Bethesda)
● Seven Locks Road and Gainsborough Road (Potomac)
Councilmember Andrew Friedson and Senator Susan Lee will be in attendance.
● Macon Road and Ashley Drive (Veirs Mill/Rockville)
● Dewey Road and Olden Road (Veirs Mill/Silver Spring)

Community members are encouraged to attend events in support of Global UN Road Safety Week and in an effort to help affect change in their neighborhoods. There will be opportunities at each site for attendees to share concerns and suggestions for improvements.
-more-

This year marks the 6th Global UN Road Safety Week. The theme for this year is “Streets for Life.” During Global UN Road Safety Week countries the world over will call attention to the high number of deaths and injuries on the world’s roads and highlight actions and initiatives that can dramatically reduce these senseless tragedies. By participating in Global UN Road Safety Week, we are working together to garner political commitments at national and local levels and to generate support for lower speed measures to create safe, healthy, green and livable cities. The goal is to deliver a united message to demand “streets for life.”

05/20/2021

Hear Maria Vegega a member of ASIRT’s board of directors talk about Global Road Safety Week.
#GRSW
#Strresforlife
#UNRSC
#Saferoads
#Roadsafetyngos

It’s Global Road Safety Week: join ASIRT in making the roads safer for our loved ones#SafeRoads #StreetsForLife #GRSW #5...
05/19/2021

It’s Global Road Safety Week: join ASIRT in making the roads safer for our loved ones
#SafeRoads #StreetsForLife #GRSW #50by30

It’s Global Road Safety Week: join ASIRT in making the roads safer for our loved ones
#SafeRoads #StreetsForLife #GRSW #50by30

05/18/2021

Thank you to Congressman Richard Hudson of North Carolina, Chair of the Global Road Safety Caucus, for this statement in the Congressional Record in commemoration of Global Road Safety Week.

IN RECOGNITION OF THE 6TH UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL ROAD SAFETY WEEK

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HON. RICHARD HUDSON

of north carolina

in the house of representatives

Monday, May 17, 2021

Mr. HUDSON. Madam Speaker, I rise today as co-chair of the Global Road Safety Caucus to mark the 6th United Nations Global Road Safety Week, which begins today.
In September 2020, the United Nations passed a resolution declaring the years 2021 through 2030 a new Decade of Action for Road Safety.
Additionally, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3.6
includes a call to address the personal, medical, and financial burdens associated with road traffic deaths and injuries.
The number of deaths on the world's roads remains unacceptably high, with an estimated 1.35 million people dying each year. But this is not just an issue in other countries. The National Safety Council (NSC) says deaths from motor vehicles rose 8 percent last year in the United States, with as many as 42,060 Americans dying in vehicle crashes. Also according to the State Department, road crash deaths are the single greatest cause of death for Americans traveling abroad.
As the Congress and the Biden administration consider investing in infrastructure, we must ensure these investments promote safety
practices through a safe-systems approach and improve our roads and other infrastructure in ways that protect people and families. And as Americans begin traveling domestically and internationally again as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, we should be cognizant of the many risk factors, including increased speed, that significantly increase the probability of death or injury.
By recognizing Global Road Safety Week and the 2nd Decade of Action for Road Safety, together we can make a difference in stemming the tide of the road crash epidemic in the United States and around the world.
Ultimately, we should do everything in our power to protect the lives of all road users, and I hope to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do that.

#StreetsForLife #Saferoads #roadsafety #UNGRSW #RoadSafetyNGOs #UNRSC

Excellent and important report#SafeSystems#Saferoads#Streetsforlife
05/17/2021
Recommendations of the Safe System Consortium

Excellent and important report
#SafeSystems
#Saferoads
#Streetsforlife

The Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research & Policy and the Institute of Transportation Engineers are pleased to share the Recommendations of the Safe Syst...

At the very minimum we have to change the way we refer to traffic accidents. The are crashes, are often preventable and ...
05/05/2021
What is ‘Traffic Violence’ and Why Do We Need To Talk About It?

At the very minimum we have to change the way we refer to traffic accidents. The are crashes, are often preventable and predictable and have violent consequences.
https://usa.streetsblog.org/2021/05/03/what-traffic-violence-is-and-why-we-need-to-talk-about-it/

We were all raised in car culture — which normalizes the idea that 40,000 people will die in car crashes every year. But it’s not normal. And it needs to be called what it is.

Most wanted list to save lives on the roads issued by NYSB:https://www.forbes.com/sites/tanyamohn/2021/04/12/most-wanted...
04/19/2021
‘Most Wanted List’ For Boosting Safety Topped By Distracted Driving, Impaired Driving, And Speeding

Most wanted list to save lives on the roads issued by NYSB:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/tanyamohn/2021/04/12/most-wanted-list-for-boosting-safety-topped-by-distracted-driving-impaired-driving-and-speeding/?sh=610e9f08277c

Safety enhancements needed to prevent accidents and crashes, reduce the number and severity of injuries, and save lives were highlighted on the 2021-2022 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements.

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) passed away April 4th after a lengthy and valiant fight against cancer. The Associa...
04/06/2021

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) passed away April 4th after a lengthy and valiant fight against cancer. The Association for Safe International Road Travel mourns his loss as one of the great road safety champions of the past decade. https://www.asirt.org/

Rep. Hastings served as co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Global Road Safety for the past several years, during which time he played a leadership role in promoting road safety in the U.S. and abroad. Under Rep. Hastings’ leadership, Congress passed resolutions in support of a World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims and worked with federal agencies to ensure American citizens were safer as they travel abroad. He also sponsored a number of congressional briefings on the impact of road crashes on American citizens traveling abroad that were hosted by the Association for Safe International Road Travel and other domestic and international road safety partners.

We offer our most sincere condolences to Congressman Hastings’ family and his dedicated staff who supported his work for many years and helped him accomplish a great deal for his constituents and all Americans during his tenure in Congress. He will be deeply missed.

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) passed away April 4th after a lengthy and valiant fight against cancer. The Association for Safe International Road Travel mourns his loss as one of the great road safety champions of the past decade. https://www.asirt.org/

Rep. Hastings served as co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Global Road Safety for the past several years, during which time he played a leadership role in promoting road safety in the U.S. and abroad. Under Rep. Hastings’ leadership, Congress passed resolutions in support of a World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims and worked with federal agencies to ensure American citizens were safer as they travel abroad. He also sponsored a number of congressional briefings on the impact of road crashes on American citizens traveling abroad that were hosted by the Association for Safe International Road Travel and other domestic and international road safety partners.

We offer our most sincere condolences to Congressman Hastings’ family and his dedicated staff who supported his work for many years and helped him accomplish a great deal for his constituents and all Americans during his tenure in Congress. He will be deeply missed.

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We also participated in today's event. We've been asking for a crosswalk across Weller Road at either Hathaway or Holdridge for nearly two years. Weller Road is a heavily used commuter route that gets folks from neighborhoods east of Georgia Avenue to Connecticut and Viers Mill. Traffic has been so heavy there that my son, in his father's company, has missed the school bus because he couldn't safely cross Weller Road to get to the bus stop. Additionally, there are Ride On bus stops on both sides of Weller Road between Hathaway and Holdridge with no way for bus riders to safely cross Weller Road. WE NEED A CROSSWALK at Hathaway and Weller or at Holdridge and Weller or at BOTH!!! You can see from the photos that there are crosswalks to cross the side streets but no crosswalks to cross Weller Road. You can also see that Hathaway is now a designated bikeway on the MoCo master bicycle plan. Marc Elrich , Hans Riemer , Zoe Tishaev
Since 2018, I have been sending messages to this organization, but sadly up till this day there has not been a single response.
Good page! 😀
Let's end these senseless and unnecessary deaths of our children on the roads of this world.
Regarding Lethridge PD Deer Torture and Murder: THIS WAS TORTURE!!!! HEINOUS! THAT DEER'S CRIES OF ANGUISH WOULD FOREVER HAUNT ANY DECENT AND SENTIENT HUMANE BEING. I HOPE THIS OFFICER IS CRIMINALLY CHARGED!!! THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST HIDEOUS AND ABOMINABLE THINGS I HAVE EVER SEEN. As someone else astutely pointed out, this was NOT from a lack of training, this was from a lack of empathy and common sense!!! No decent human being would EVER -- trained or not -- do this to a living breathing creature. SICK!!!!!! This man is not just a danger to non - human animals. A human being who shows this lack of empathy, lack of judgment, and veritable sociopathy -- must be kept away from the public at large.
According to the World Bank report Rapid urbanization and motorization: Cities will be home to some 5.4 billion residents by 2050, equivalent to 2/3 of the projected global population. The number of vehicles on the road will double to reach 2 billion by 2050. With more than 70 percent of the world's population expected to live in cities by 2050, urban resilience has never been more important — or more urgent. Also according to the RAC, a driver recovering from being dazzled for five seconds while driving at 60mph, would cover a distance of 134m – more than the length of a football pitch. Among the 88% who think at least some modern car headlights are too bright, 49% claim to dazzled by headlights in their rear view mirror. 66% of respondents say they now struggle to tell if oncoming lights are on full or dipped beam, while 68% admit to having difficulty telling whether some approaching vehicles have their indicators on due to the brightness of the headlights. RAC road safety spokesman, said: “The intensity and brightness of some new car headlights is clearly causing difficulty for other road users. The main reason for this has not happened to the place of installation of the night lighting system currently used in all vehicles at the foreground directly, because the place of installation has not developed any practical development since the invention of the first car in 1886 till now,, Where the light of, like a shot with random force in all directions even to sky, without control at a speed of (kilo meter second 300,000) to hit the optic nerve force of the person or animals are not qualified to bear this strong blow and cannot tolerate and temporary blindness is the main reason to increase nighttime accidents. Because now there is no any control in steering the light away from the eyes of others, the only control available now is to turn on the lighting or stop. Wherefore I've implemented a patented for (Extra Spotlights through Xenon, Laser or LED bulbs) a strong lightens by using lights tubes and nanotechnology. Innovation for all vehicles, to development of night lighting system currently used in all vehicles to reduce night accidents, environmental pollution for the light, To increase and enhance night vision and control the orientation of light dazzled. Is done by creating powerful lighting, With installation inside body vehicle to the rear is far from the front, to control such glow on, then redirected to the front for radiate through fiber-lights and other luminous elements, They are installed inside the projector at specific angles and degrees to control the direction of light away from the vision of others. As well mounted of light sensors at the driver's view level and others above the light exit slot at the front vehicle inside the projector at specific angles and degrees to control the direction of light in a horizontal level close to the ground away from the vision of drivers to prevent confusion of vision, A mobile communication system is created between the lighting sensors to control the elevation of the light only to a horizontal level far from the eyes of others. It should be used now when two vehicles are encountered while walking opposite in the direction, especially on the dark narrow roads, when approach each other the strong headlights become very painful because they cause severe interference to the vision, as they approach each other, leading to a complete loss of vision and forcing the two drivers to turn off the strong lights and walk only in the light of small lights so that each car can Is a way away from the collision of the two vehicles and without disturbing the vision of the road to each of the leaders of the two vehicles to the other where this causes the loss of focus to make a decision and the right place. These small lights do not help them to identify the road completely security and not see everything to a distance of not more than five meters only, when approaching the two vehicles and the emergence of anything suddenly or a slight deviation in a second is the cause of the accident, so the installation of additional powerful lamps from xenon or laser or LED with fiber-lights to increase the power of light and control Direction is a practical solution where the center of the dazzling light (searchlights and bulbs) is hidden inside the body of the car back from the bottom away from the front with the use of the body of the car itself umbrella to bring light in the level of horizontal close to the ground. So, now must be benefit of the space below buses for passenger and Heavy transport vehicles. Light control stops the diffraction and of light reflection from snow when it falls and covers everything on the roads with a white crystalline layer, considering that the crystalline ice property becomes a powerful reflector of light from everything on the road collides with the strong night lighting system now used directly in all vehicles where it starts The light is a random force in all directions without control and the road becomes ignited, causing severe interference to the driver's vision and all those on the road. The practical solution available now is to control the steering of the light in front of the vehicle only, at a level near the ground to reduce the reflections of light on all places covered by snow; this is only available at using invention. Also when the fog suddenly falls, the powerful foreground lighting used in all the vehicles becomes very confusing because the fog is made up of small atoms of water v***r. When the light collides with it, Which consists of contiguous straight photons at speeds of 300,000 Km /s, to collide with steam atoms and move them between them at the same speed and as a result of the heat of friction between them are divided into parts moving very quickly to become a curtain prevents vision, so we find the fog moving at the brightness of light and then ev***rates. Therefore, the invention controls the high level of light from the Earth so that the movement of fog (water v***r atoms) is far from the level of view of others. This invention to reduce the killing of one and a quarter million human beings annually (3500 daily) in road accidents, Even if the accident reduction rate is 1% the lives of 35 people will be preserved daily. Also most important problem in night lighting system used now all vehicles is one of important reasons for spread of light pollution to the environment, As a result of the start of light with random force without control in directions even to the sky. Intended optical pollution damage caused by non-natural lighting at night and the impact of the sky darkness, effects of artificial light at night birds, animals, plants, fungi environmental regulations and high temperature of the earth… What is Light Pollution? Most of us are familiar with air, water, and land pollution, but did you know that light can also be a pollutant? The inappropriate or excessive use of artificial light – known as light pollution – can have serious environmental consequences for humans, wildlife, and our climate. By joining IDA you can make a difference in protecting our Planet, saving billions of dollars in wasted energy, and connecting future generations with our legacy of starry skies. Mohamed Metwalli Khalifa Saleh (Mohamed Saleh) [email protected] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp2Jx-r8fPc&feature=youtu.be https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004858111350