Safer People

Safer People is one of the five pillars of the Safe System Approach, which prioritizes safety and human vulnerability in the design and operation of a transportation system. A Safe System Approach includes mitigating risk so that when a crash does occur, it does not result in death or serious injury. Risk can be mitigated through overlapping safety measures, such as wearing your seat belt while driving sober and obeying the speed limit on a road designed to discourage excessive speeding.

US DOT Safe System Approach Infographic
Credit: U.S. Department of Transportation

Through the Safer People pillar, Vision Zero Louisville seeks to improve safety for everyone on our roadway through the following strategies:

  • Reduce drunk and impaired driving.
  • Prioritize safe mobility for vulnerable road users: Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Motorcyclists.
  • Increase seat belt and helmet usage.

The Safer People pillar is a great opportunity for Vision Zero Louisville to leverage work that our partners are already doing. For example, we partner with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for their expertise, advocacy, and strategies on reducing drunk and impaired driving. To improve safe mobility for bicyclists, Vision Zero Louisville relies on another transportation program administered by Louisville Metro Public Works - Bike Louisville. Bike Louisville is responsible for maintaining and expanding the city's bike network and encouraging ridership through activities, events, and other programming.

To encourage safe motorcycle riding, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Office of Highway Safety administers the Motorcycle Rider Education Program. The program offers courses across Kentucky for beginner, intermediate, and advanced motorcycle riders. For more information on these courses, please click on the logo below.

Ride Smart KY logo

Lastly, to encourage seat belt and helmet usage, we leverage outreach conducted by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Office of Highway Safety and the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In Kentucky, in most cases, drivers and passengers are required to wear a seat belt. According to NHTSA, the national seat belt use rate was 91.6% in 2022, a 5% increase since 2012. In the U.S. and in Kentucky, roughly half of vehicle occupants killed were not wearing a seat belt.


Last updated: September 15, 2023

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