WHY I DO WHAT I DO
40 to 50 times per day a car crashes through the doors, windows, and walls of a business somewhere in America. That’s about one accident every thirty minutes. The 150,000 gas and convenience stores in America have a collective accident rate as high as 20 per day. 616,000 restaurants, over one half million retail storefronts, and another million or so unprotected bus stops, sidewalk dining areas, pedestrian malls, and public areas together have a combined accident rate of approximately 40 accidents per day. The picture is clear. Americans are at risk everywhere they live, work, play dine and shop! But with protective devices—barriers specifically designed to prevent slow-moving vehicles from crashing into a storefront—these crashes don’t have to happen. ASTM's Low Speed Barrier Test standard will allow architects, engineers and owners can confidently select devices to prevent these crashes. The result will be saved lives, fewer injuries, and reduced societal costs. Add to that the property damages incurred by business owners and their insurance companies, and it’s a no-brainer. This is why I do what I do.
SEPT 13, 2013 - READ: "IS YOUR STORE READY FOR PEDAL ERROR?" by Robert Reiter & Mark Wright, Storefront Safety Council, published in Convenience Store News.
JULY 25, 2013 - READ: "PARKING IS A FULL-TIME JOB" - Co-authored by Rob Reiter, Texas Traffic Institute at Texas A&M University publishes definitive article on how the convenience store industry suffers from as many as 20 storefront crashes per day. Their findings? Testing standards can help prevent low-speed crashes into buildings!
AUGUST 1, 2013 - READ: "THE HIDDEN EPIDEMIC OF STOREFRONT CRASHES", article by Sarah Goodyear, The Atlantic Cities
AUGUST 2, 2013 - READ: "STOREFRONT CRASHES: A BIGGER URBAN DESIGN ISSUE THAN WE THINK", by Marlis Harris, MINNPOST
CLICK HERE to read additional reports authored/co-authored by Rob as well as news articles where Rob and/or Storefront Safety Council are quoted
CRASH INCIDENT DATABASE PROJECT
Rob's ongoing research includes the creation and development of a crash incident database. To date he has documented over 6000 vehicle incursion incidents and add an average of 150 new incidents per month.
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