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Board Meeting: Special Investigation Report: Pedestrian Safety - Closing Statement
Robert L. Sumwalt
NTSB Boardroom and Conference Center
9/25/2018

​In closing, I thank my colleagues for their preparation going into this board meeting, and for the good debate and discussion.

My special thanks to Dr. Deborah Bruce, the project manager for this Special Investigation Report, as well as the highway investigators who worked to develop it.  But nothing gets done around here by one person; everything happens through team effort. On behalf of the Board, a sincere “thank you” not only to the investigative staff but to the support and program staff as well.

As you have heard, we made recommendations to many agencies, covering a range of topics. They all deserve attention. But let me close with a note about design and emerging technology.

The design of pedestrians doesn’t change. But vehicle design can and does. If these recommendations are acted upon, technology will evolve toward:

  • Collision avoidance systems and connected vehicles that incorporate pedestrian safety
  • Cars that will hurt us less severely even if they do strike us
  • And updated standards for headlights, so that drivers have the best chance to see us when we’re on foot

These pedestrian safety recommendations should appeal to all of us – not only because we don’t want to cause an accidental death or injury as drivers, but also because we’re all pedestrians.

We stand adjourned.