THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY SAFETY NEEDS REPORT

This report which demonstrates how a cost effectiveness analytical framework can facilitate the process of highway safety administration and more effective resource allocation, demonstrates how a linkage may be drawn between goals and funding, shows why the optimal allocation of highway safety resources can best be accomplished at the State level, and provides a prototype procedure by which this might be done. The pattern of expected fatalities and injuries for the next ten years and countermeasures that may be effective in dealing with them were assembled and evaluated. Since many highway safety countermeasures are already in partial use, the analysis was conducted in terms of incremental deployments over the next 10 years. The study shows that 2 countermeasures, namely safety belt usage (the single most effective safety alternative) and the 55 mph speed limit are the most cost effective. The Combined Alcohol Safety Action Countermeasure has a high estimated potential but no cost-effective ways of meeting it have been found.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Report the United States Congress pursuant to Section 225 of the Highway Safety Act of 1973.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of Transportation

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Publication Date: 1976-4

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures;
  • Pagination: 125 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00136322
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1976 12:00AM