APBP Publishes Policy Statement on Victim Blaming

APBP believes it is our professional duty to make it safe for people to travel in their community, requiring us to incorporate this duty into our work wherever possible by shifting the conversation to systematic safety improvements, rather than trying to identify a party at fault; or worse, finding fault or blaming a crash on the actions of those typically most vulnerable - those road users outside of a car.

APBP encourages professional practitioners (such as traffic and transportation engineers and agency officials), as well as law enforcement and media to avoid reporting on crashes involving pedestrians, bicyclists and other vulnerable travelers in a way that places any blame on them for the traffic violence 

they suffer, especially when they are using a dangerously designed system shaped by our auto-dependent culture that does not adequately consider their needs nor the context of the street. APBP supports developing a different mindset about crashes that is reflected in a new vocabulary with comprehensive descriptions in police crash reports, local government publications and presentations, and reporting by the media. 

APBP supports Vision Zero and its use of a Safe System view of traffic crashes. The Safe System approach recognizes human imperfections, shared responsibility, and demands systems be designed with those human qualities in mind. This approach, used in other transportation sectors such as for railroad and airline crashes, places primary responsibility on those who design the systems where people are harmed rather than the users of the systems. 

Read the full APBP Policy Statement on Victim Blaming.

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