An Analysis of Traffic Fatalities by Race and Ethnicity

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GHSA's new report, An Analysis of Traffic Fatalities by Race and Ethnicity, analyzed data for the five-year period 2015-2019 and found that traffic crash fatalities disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC).

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The report identifies actions states and communities can undertake when considering traffic enforcement, safety education and community outreach to better serve BIPOC communities and reduce crashes, injuries and deaths for those who have been most affected by race-related disparities in transportation. The report is part of a broader GHSA focus on equity and advancing steps that GHSA, State Highway Safety Offices and their partners can take to promote equitable traffic enforcement and more broadly address highway safety needs.

The data analysis was conducted by Richard Retting, formerly of Sam Schwartz Consulting. Review and input were provided by Sam Schwartz’s Moriah Richardson, Transportation Engineer; Hugh Smith, Senior Associate & Director of Community Outreach; and Shameka Turner, Outreach Liaison. Richardson, Smith, and Turner serve on Sam Schwartz’s Value Inclusion, Belonging, and Equity (VIBE) Council, which is tasked with integrating the principles of inclusion, belonging and equity across all dimensions of the firm’s work.

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