Federal review to focus on whether vehicle design changes could improve pedestrian, bicyclist safety

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) will conduct a review of U.S. vehicle safety design standards and their effects on the safety of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and bicyclists, according to a press release from Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland).

Raskin said the decision follows a letter he sent to the agency last month that addressed high levels of traffic injuries and fatalities nationally.

“Congress and regulators should consider to reduce the risks of fatalities related to vehicle design; and actions taken by transportation safety regulators in other countries to reduce traffic fatalities,” the press release says. “Rep. Raskin’s letter emphasized the need to protect cyclists and pedestrians in blind zones: areas in front of or behind a vehicle that are not directly visible from the driver’s seat.”

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