The US has long taken a safety individualism approach, both in its messaging around safety behaviors and in its laws and structures for accountability for a traffic-related injury. As Safe Systems advocates promote a more “shared responsibility” for safety, there is a need to unpack what shared responsibility means and what aspects of our system must change to redistribute the balance of power and accountability to prevent a crash. Panelists will talk about how system structures are designed to protect corporations and roadway owners from responsibility and crash liability, perpetuating a burden on individuals.
Moderated by Seth LaJeunesse, Senior Research Associate at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center
Panelists: Tamika Butler (Founder and Principal of Tamika L. Butler Consulting), Christy Kwan (Co-Founding Volunteer for DC Families for Safe Streets), Steve Lavrenz (Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Wayne State University), and Kelcie Ralph (Associate Professor of Planning and Public Health at Rutgers University).
Part 5 in the Safe Systems Summer Learning Series hosted by the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety. For more: https://www.roadsafety.unc.edu/education/activities/summer-learning-series-2021/