Drop The "A" Word - Not all crashes are accidents

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Ditching the "A" Word - MADD

As National President of MADD, I have the opportunity to stand and support our law enforcement in all agencies across the country.  One such organization is the National Sheriffs Association, which has dedicated itself to serve the office of the Sheriff with police education, police training and general law enforcement resources for more than 75 years.  

As a member, I serve on the Domestic Violence and Crime Victim Services Committee and audit the Traffic Safety Committee. And at the recent 2017 Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington, D.C., I had the honor of co-presenting with Sheriff John Whetsel on “Treating Victims of DUI/Impaired Driving Crashes as Crime Victims."

Our presentation centered on removing the “A” word from our vocabulary. The “A” word is "accident'. The right word for these violent crimes is “crash.” The aim of our seminar was to change that mind-set and to educate and ensure that victims of these crashes are responded to by law enforcement in a crime/victim-centered way, with all the referrals, support, and crime victim compensation resources due victims of a violent crime.

MADD National President – Colleen Sheehey-Church

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

FMCSA Letter to Editors and Correspondants

A Crash is Not an Accident

A crash is not an accident.
Changing the way we think about events and the words we use to describe them affects the way we behave. Motor vehicle crashes occur "when a link or several links in the chain" are broken. Continued use of the word "accident" implies that these events are outside human influence or control. In reality, they are predictable results of specific actions.
Since we can identify the causes of crashes, we can take action to alter the effect and avoid collisions. These are not Acts of God but predictable results of the laws of physics.
The concept of "accident" works against bringing all appropriate resources to bear on the enormous problem of highway collisions. Use of "accident" fosters the idea that the resulting damage and injuries are unavoidable.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Drop the 'A' Word library - Articles on the issue (Pro and Con)

Organizational Support:

Media and Blogs:

Counter Arguments:

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The Drop the 'A' Word library - Articles on the issue (Pro and Con)

Organizational Support:

Media – Blogs:

Counter Arguments:

**** If we've missed anything, please let us know.  We'll add it.  

Monday, May 23, 2016

It’s No Accident: Advocates Want to Speak of Car ‘Crashes’ Instead 

New York Times - Monday, May 23, 2016 - By Matt Richtel

CreditPhoto - Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer, via Associated Press
Roadway fatalities are soaring at a rate not seen in 50 years, resulting from crashes, collisions and other incidents caused by drivers.Just don’t call them accidents anymore.That is the position of a growing number of safety advocates, including grass-roots groups, federal officials and state and local leaders across the country. They are campaigning to change a 100-year-old mentality that they say trivializes the single most common cause of traffic incidents: human error.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Day of Remembrance for Road Victims - Social Media Support

Below is a list of organizations who have express support for the November 15 Day of Remembrance for Crash Victims by using #CrashNotAccident 

National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS)
Delaware DMV
Vermont DMV
Michigan DOT
Texas DOT
Georgia DOT
Tennessee Governors Highway Safety Office
National Safety Council
National Safety Council – Arizona
Vision Zero Massachusetts 
Vision Zero Network
Vision Zero Trans
Vision Zero NYC
Walk San Francisco
Merrimack Valley TMA
Livable Streets Boston
Bike Jersey City
Adelaide Cyclists
The Mark Wandall Foundation
Transportation Alternatives
Brooklyn Spoke
Bike Houston
NY Families for Safe Streets
Kostelec Planning
America Walks
Walkable Princeton
Pedal Love
Zero Fatalities Nevada
Vision Zero Austin
Boston Cyclists Union
Biking Minneapolis
Bicycling Magazine
Savannah Bicycle Campaign
Georgia Bikes
We Save Lives
Cycle Nation UK
Green Lane Project
Family Cities
BC Safe Communities
I Drive Safely
Walk Toronto
Cycle Toronto
Bicycling Monterey
Hang Up and Drive
Maria’s Message
Decide 2 Drive
The Conor Lynch Foundation
Washington Bikes
Project Yellow Light
WISE Safety Wisconsin
Walk Boston
StreetsBlog New York
Raleigh Moves
Safe Routes PNW
Portland Police Department
Drive Easy App
Road Crash Victims Foundation
Bike San Gabriel Valley
Because of Casey
Bike Miami Valley
America Walks
NE Seattle Greenways
Seattle DJC
Canada Walks
Safe Way Right Way
VA Bicycling Federation
Open Streets Cape Town
ATS Road Safety
It’s Your Driver
Safe Active Mobility
Cyclenation UK
Make Queens Safety
Bike Portland
Committee for Taxi Safety
Bike Walk Tulsa
911 Driving School
Family Cities
Safe Driving Scheme
Walk Bike Oakland
National Foundation for Teen Safe Driving
Defensive Driving Arizona