The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release about launching their joint coalition, the “Road to Zero.” The NHTSA has joined forces with the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Safety Council in efforts to end roadway fatalities within the next 30 years. At this time, $1 million a year has been committed for the next three years to provide grants to organizations that are focused on important lifesaving programs. U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx wants everybody to know that the NHTSA is setting the bar as high as possible for roadway safety across the nation.
Crash Fatalities Up in 2015
In 2015, we had an alarming increase in crash deaths on U.S. roadways. 35,092 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes across the nation in 2015. Nearly 50 years ago was the last time we saw such a huge spike in roadway crash fatalities. Initial estimates for 2016 show an even steeper increase in deaths on U.S. roadways. The first half of 2016 shows a 10.4 percent increase in crash fatalities when compared with the first half of 2015.
Road to Zero Safety Coalition
The Road to Zero coalition is primarily focused on actionable lifesaving strategies at this time. The coalition will initially be investing in proven and effective strategies such as adding rumble strips, improving seat belt usage and publicizing behavior change campaigns. The second phase of the program will include the development of new evidence-based strategies and more systemic approaches to eliminating crash risks behind the wheel. Through their 4Es of Safety system, the Road to Zero coalition hopes to improve roadway safety over the next three decades.
The 4Es of Safety
- Emergency Medical Services
Although the coalition’s goals are ambitious, many safety advocates have adopted similar safety programs to save lives and improve overall roadway safety in their communities. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.