For the first time in nearly a decade, the rate of fatal traffic crashes in the U.S. has stopped dropping and is once again climbing, according to the latest reports from regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
In fact, based on a review of the initial data for the first six months of 2015 (the latest crash data currently available):
- Deadly traffic crashes have surged more than 8 percent (when compared to the same period in 2014)
- The fatality rate has jumped up more than 4 percent (also when compared to 2014).
These remarkable increases may be due to the increase in motorists on the road this year (which has largely been attributed to a drop in gas prices and unemployment rates). And, researchers caution that these numbers are still subject to change, as they are still considered to be “volatile” until they are finalized.
Nevertheless, the findings are now being taken as a sort of call-to-action by transportation safety officials, who are focused on fighting this trend and making every effort to bring the traffic fatality rate in the U.S. down to zero.
NHTHA Takes Action
While analysts continue finalizing the crash data for 2015, NHTSA officials are now focused on fighting this trend and working on ways to make U.S. roadways safer for all travelers. Among the major points of concerns for regulators at the current time are finding ways to “combat human behavioral issues that contribute to road deaths,” including:
- Drunk and drugged driving
- Distracted and drowsy driving
- Failures to use essential vehicle safety features, such as child car seats and seatbelts.
Regulators are also concerned about finding better ways to protect “vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists.”
Explaining these efforts, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has noted that:
USDOT is moving on many fronts to speed technology innovations that can save lives, from connected automation to the DADSS system to fight drunk driving… NHTSA is accelerating its efforts to strengthen behavioral safety programs at the core of its mission, and state and local governments need to adopt strong laws and enforce them.
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