Transportation Research Board to Host Public Forum: Promoting Transportation Safety Through the Airwaves

On Tuesday, December 10, 2019, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) will host a free, public forum to discuss technical work being conducted in the 5.9 GHz Safety Band.
The forum, entitled Promoting Transportation Safety Through the Airwaves, will feature panelists from the automotive industry, academia, and safety organizations. 

The meeting will take place from 9:30 am to 11:00 am in the Lecture Room of the National Academy of Sciences at 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

A livestream of the event will also be available. You must register here to attend in person.






9:35 am

Panel 1: Why Transportation Safety Is Important

JT Griffin, Mothers Against Drunk Driving 

John Pare, National Federation of the Blind

Dr. Lily Elefteriadou, University of Florida

Paul Mackie, TRB

10:15 am

Panel 2: Why 75 MHz Is Necessary for Transportation Safety

John Kenney, Toyota

Steve Gehring, Global Automakers

Angel Preston, Auto Alliance

King W. Gee, American Association State Highway Transportation Officials

Paul Mackie, TRB


Technology using the Safety Band can reduce crashes and traffic jams. During 2017, over 6 million U.S. police-reported vehicle crashes resulted in 37,133 lives lost, as well as 2,746,000 injuries. These crashes resulted in economic harm of approximately $250 billion in direct costs and over $800 billion when accounting for the loss of life, injuries, and other quality of life factors. Further, traffic congestion costs are estimated at over $140 billion annually and continue to increase.