Maryland Chiefs of Police - Policy Resolution on Toward Zero Death

WHEREAS, Motor vehicle crashes, deaths, and associated injuries continue to disrupt quality of life issues and inflict social harm in communities across the State and Nation; and

WHEREAS, Highway fatalities and injuries continue to occur at unacceptable levels of human and economic loss with nearly 34,000 fatalities, 2.2 million injuries, and $230 billion recorded nationally in 2009; and

WHEREAS, Over the past ten years, more than 6,100 lives have been lost on Maryland highways and more than a half million people have been injured due to motor vehicle crashes; and

WHEREAS, The State of Maryland is adopting a new Strategic Highway Safety Plan for 2011 – 2015 to address the carnage on its highways with a vision toward zero deaths and an interim goal of halving fatalities by 2030; and  

WHEREAS, The Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan calls for reducing motor vehicle fatalities from the 2008 baseline number of 592 to 475 or fewer by 2015 and to 296 or fewer by 2030; and

WHEREAS, A growing number of State and multiple highway safety partners, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Governors Highway Safety Associations, the American Associations of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Association of State Health and Territorial Officials, the Commercial Vehicle Alliance, other associations, agencies, and advocacy groups, have adopted a vision of moving toward zero highway deaths; and

WHEREAS, A National Cooperative Highway Research Program project is developing a framework for a 25-year national strategy titled “Toward Zero Deaths: a National Strategy on Highway Safety,” which builds on the existing Strategic Highway Safety Plans and also addresses widespread ownership of the national strategy, safety culture, technology, and broadening the scope to include public health, local government, and other safety partners;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association supports the Toward Zero Deaths Strategy and encourages member agencies to include the vision and goals of the Maryland and National Strategic Highway Safety Plans into their operational plans and activities in order to move Maryland toward zero deaths on its highways.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association will use its strategic plan and available resources to support member agencies in their efforts to promote traffic safety and the Toward Zero Deaths strategy.