Posted on April 17, 2023

Buttigieg Points to How Roads Are ‘Designed and Built’ as the Reason for Racial Disparities in Road Fatalities

Lindsay Kornick, Fox News, April 16, 2023

“Racial disparities” continue to be a focus for Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, according to a recent appearance on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation” on Saturday.

MSNBC host Al Sharpton sat down with Buttigieg and questioned him about his dedication to addressing inequality regarding road fatalities.


“It’s something that deserves more attention {snip} And we see a lot of racial disparities. Black and Brown Americans, tribal citizens and rural restaurants are much more likely to lose their lives whether it’s in a car or as a pedestrian being hit by a car,” Buttigieg said.

He continued, “There are a lot of reasons related to discrimination and related to even the ways that roads are designed and built, who has access to a safe street design that has crosswalks and good lighting, who doesn’t have that access that can drive disparities, and we have a responsibility to act on that.”


Buttigieg’s appearance on MSNBC also followed more than two dozen Democrats signing a letter to call for reform to “racist traffic enforcement” in the nation’s roadways.