The Changing Face of Traffic Safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently released an article about The Changing Face of Traffic Safety. The article focuses on the continual evolution of traffic safety and automobile safety technology in America. From the NHTSA’s inception as the National Highway Safety Bureau in 1966, the organization has worked to improve safety for motorists across the nation. In addition to technological innovations, the NHTSA also works to promote awareness and education on automobile safety issues.
U.S. Traffic Safety Timeline
- 1885- Seat belts were patented.
- 1951- Airbags were developed.
- 1953- Motorcycle helmets were developed.
- 1962- Child safety seats were invented.
- 1966- National Highway Safety Bureau was established.
- 1970- The National Highway Safety Bureau became the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Saving Lives Through Technological Innovations
In 2013, seat belts, frontal airbags, motorcycle helmets, and child restraint systems saved an estimated 16,865 lives. Seat belts are the most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a crash. In the past five years, they’ve saved over 62,000 lives across the country. The NHTSA hasn’t stopped at child safety seats, airbags, and seat belts either. They are continually working and partnering with technological innovators to take passenger vehicle occupant safety to the next level. We may take for granted backup cameras, anti-lock breaks and a variety of other safety advances that previous generations didn’t have. Vehicle-to-vehicle technology is one of the newest and most exciting potential safety innovations on the horizon.
Education and Enforcement
A large part of The Changing Face of Traffic Safety comes through promotion and awareness of safety issues. It takes dedicated efforts to get the word out about the dangers of distracted driving. It’s also important to note that it isn’t always enough to provide consumers with new safety technology. Seat belt campaigns increase seat belt usage, and that directly saves lives. The NHTSA also partners with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to crack down on traffic safety violations across the country.
With new and exciting automobile safety technology on the horizon, we can expect to see more information, press releases and awareness campaigns about important traffic safety topics from the NHTSA.