The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) works to keep people, roads, and automobiles safe. According to their statistics, more than 35,000 lives were lost in automobile accidents in 2015.
The NHTSA wants to prevent these tragedies. In fact, they believe that the only acceptable goal for fatalities related to car accidents is zero. That’s where the name for their new “Road to Zero” campaign was born.
The plan includes three components: proactive vehicle safety, advanced vehicle safety technologies, and human factors.
Proactive vehicle safety strategies involve partnering with automakers to ensure that safety is a top priority. By identifying and resolving issues earlier, manufacturers can help drivers stay safer on the road. The plan also involves improving rates of completion for vehicle recalls as well as increased customer education.
New technology such as automated driving systems can help increase safety on the road. The NHTSA is working with innovators to make sure that automated vehicles are tested and deployed safely.
The 4 D’s of human factors are responsible for 94% of fatal automobile accidents: drunk, drugged, distracted, and drowsy driving. The NHTSA is working with law enforcement and state highway safety offices to fight these issues.
You can learn more about the NHTSA’s plan for the Road to Zero here.
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