FIA Foundation ‘Organization of the Year’ at New York Auto Show safety awards
At the annual Traffic Safety Achievement Awards announced at the World Traffic Safety Symposium, the FIA Foundation was awarded ‘Organization of the Year’ for furthering the global traffic safety agenda. The Symposium and Awards are announced each year at the New York International Auto Show and sponsored by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association.
Over the years, awards have been presented to organizations and individuals who are on the leading edge of advanced safety technology and programming. Natalie Draisin, North American Manager and UN Representative, accepted the award on behalf of the FIA Foundation. “We would like to thank the World Traffic Safety Symposium and Greater New York Automobile Dealers for this honor. It is through the hard work of individuals here today, and all over the world, that we are able to implement the global agenda to reduce road traffic injuries and fatalities. We applaud many of your efforts to incorporate into your work a focus on our most vulnerable – our children,” she said. As a guest speaker, Natalie Draisin discussed the importance of protecting children on roads through speed management, the theme of United Nations Global Road Safety Week held May 8-14.
Former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Region 2 Administrator Tom Louizou, who presented the award, said, “The FIA Foundation led the effort to incorporate road safety into the Sustainable Development Goals, and the Habitat III New Urban Agenda. The Foundation plays a key role in promoting and implementing this global agenda, tirelessly advocating for life-saving efforts.”
At the Symposium, the FIA Foundation acknowledged the promise of technologies to improve traffic safety, but highlighted the need to implement low-cost, high-impact interventions such as speed humps and footpaths. This emphasis was echoed throughout the conference. NHTSA Region 2 Administrator Michael Geraci said, “Technology alone is not a solution,” pointing to infrastructure changes that can be made to create safe, forgiving road systems. Michael Replogle, Deputy Commissioner for Policy at the New York City Department of Transportation added, “Vision Zero helps us make sure that no individual encounters a death sentence for making mistakes in the traffic system.”
Other awardees included Acura, for ‘Manufacturer of the Year,’ and Drive.ai for ‘Start-up company.’ The Symposium also held a student design competition, where college students submitted prototypes to increase road safety. “I am heartened to see the very population most affected by road traffic injuries and deaths leading the way in defining its future, and solving this appalling carnage on our roads,” said Natalie Draisin.