RESOLUTION 2011-03

Accident Data Gathering

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND
RESOLUTION 2011-03

SUMMARY:

1. ACB's Environmental Access Committee with the assistance of ACB directors, officers and staff, is directed to contact relevant public and private agencies, organizations and academic institutions with relevant expertise, jurisdiction or mission to convene meetings and hold discussions regarding the most appropriate means and methodologies for researching and compiling data concerning the environmental factors contributing to or causing the injury or death of blind and visually impaired pedestrians.

2. The American Council of the Blind is hereby instructed to work with the Environmental Access Committee to develop and implement a strategy that will lead to achievement of the objectives of this resolution.

WHEREAS, blind and visually impaired persons spend a greater percentage of their time as pedestrians than persons who drive motor vehicles; and

WHEREAS, according to Richard Wall, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Idaho, a pedestrian is 150 percent more likely to be injured by a vehicle than someone driving one; and

WHEREAS, there currently are no national or state databases containing adequate information regarding environmental factors which cause or contribute to motor vehicle accidents resulting in the injury or death of blind and visually impaired pedestrians; and

WHEREAS, pedestrians with and without vision are injured or killed because of poorly designed streets, highways, signalization, signage and similar inadequacies resulting from policies and practices favoring motor vehicle drivers over the safety needs of all pedestrians; and

WHEREAS, persons with vision can more easily overcome or avoid such general pedestrian hazards than can blind and visually impaired persons; and

WHEREAS, blind and visually impaired pedestrians experience additional environmental hazards not faced by sighted pedestrians; and

WHEREAS, such hazards cause or contribute to the injury or death of blind and visually impaired persons; and

WHEREAS, ACB believes it is imperative to identify environmental factors which specifically cause or contribute to the injury or death of blind and visually impaired pedestrians; and

WHEREAS, ACB believes the gathering of such data is needed in order to formulate laws and policies at all relevant levels of government to enhance and promote the safety of blind and visually impaired pedestrians;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled at the John Ascuaga Nugget Hotel Resort and Casino in Sparks, Nev., on the 15th day of July, 2011, that ACB's Environmental Access Committee, with the assistance of ACB directors, officers and staff, be directed to contact relevant public and private agencies, organizations and academic institutions with relevant expertise, jurisdiction or mission to convene meetings and hold discussions regarding the most appropriate means and methodologies for researching and compiling data concerning the environmental factors contributing to or causing the injury or death of blind and visually impaired pedestrians; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, as a result of the recommendations that come out of these meetings, the American Council of the Blind is hereby instructed to work with the Environmental Access Committee to develop and implement a strategy that will lead to achievement of the objectives of this resolution.

Adopted.

Marlaina Lieberg, Secretary