Traffic accidents kill more than 50,000 people each year. Since 1966 the Department of Transportation has administered a program that has provided nearly $1.3 billion in Federal grants to State and local governments to help reduce these accidents and related losses. GAO assessed the Department's program and concluded that it needs direction from the Congress; evaluations generally have not determined whether funded projects effectively reduced accidents; and many measures that are believed to improve highway safety are not implemented by the States. GAO makes several recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation to improve the Federal administration of the program. GAO also provides alternatives that the Congress should consider in determining the Federal Government's future role in highway safety.

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  • Pagination: 66 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00336740
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CED-81-16
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 12 1981 12:00AM