The video shows many representative crashes, some well known, some very recent. But the story captured the essence of the problem (out of control cars as a result of error-prone drivers) and it captured part of the solution: the approval of the new ASTM International test standard F-3016, covering low-speed vehicle barriers such as those that would be used to protect storefronts and pedestrian areas from these kinds of vehicular incursions.
We were pleased and proud that the statistics used by ABC News were attributed to the Storefront Safety Council, which Mark Wright and I founded to identify and quantify this problem and to advocate for solutions. The new ASTM standard represents years of work by dedicated volunteers and I was very pleased that Dean Alberson of Texas Traffic Institute was interviewed for the story. Our work with Texas A&M and TTI is a high point of this effort, and we will continue to work closely with them.
60+ times per day, thousands injured, hundreds killed every year. It doesn't have to be this way.