The Storefront Safety Council was launched in 2011 with a mission to reduce the number of vehicle-into-building crashes. These mostly preventable accidents are injuring and killing Americans where they work, play, shop, and eat. The Council is comprised of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds who are passionate about ending storefront crashes.
In today’s show, Mr. Wright helps us gain a better understanding of just exactly what storefront crashes are, how big of a problem they are, who is causing them, and what we can do to help prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future.
00:00 Welcome to the “Beyond Driving with Dignity” podcast show!
02:15 Mark introduces us to the Storefront Safety Council and explains how and why it was founded
03:34 Mark and Rob Reiter join forces to reduce storefront crashes
06:09 The compelling reason for Mark’s passion to help eliminate storefront
08:16 What information is available through the Storefront Safety Council’s website?
09:07 As a victim of a storefront crash, Mark still considers himself very fortunate
10:00 The Storefront Safety Council serves as America’s repository for storefront crash statistics
12:50 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette headline: Pregnant woman dies after being pinned by van, but baby lives
13:25 The role of pedal error and pedal misapplication in storefront crashes
16:38 Why are older drivers more likely to be involved in a storefront crash?
19:00 The importance of staying aware of our age-related diminishing driving skills
19:58 Battle of the sexes: Are the ladies or are the gentleman more likely to be involved in a storefront crash?
23:15 What types of stores are typically involved in storefront crashes?
26:40 What can store owners do to prevent these types of crashes?
31:15 How are local and state governments working to prevent storefront crashes?
33:23 What are insurance companies doing to help prevent storefront crashes?
34:38 Mark’s final words
39:11 Thank you to Mark Wright, Rob Reiter and the entire team at the Storefront Safety Council!
39:41 Thank you to Chris MacLellan and everyone at The Whole Care Network