NATO COUNTRIES REPORT DRAMATIC PROGRESS IN HIGHWAY SAFETY

A report entitled "United States Evaluation Report on CCMS Road Safety Pilot Study Follow-Up" is briefly reviewed. NATO countries participating in the pilot study achieved significant reductions in traffic fatalities in 1974, compared to 1973, the baseline year used for judging progress. The Netherlands showed a 17.7% reduction in 1974 as compared to 1973, followed by the U.S. with 16.0%. France reported a 12.3% reduction and the U.K., 7.1 percent. The report notes that the reduction percentages should not be compared because of the great variation in all aspects of road and traffic. Preliminary estimates indicate that NATO countries have experienced both small increases and decreases in accidents and fatalities during 1975 as compared to 1974. However, the data show that the fatalities are substantially less in 1975 than in 1973. The imposition of reduced speed limits is noted as the single most effective safety measure to be implemented. Other safety measures (safety belt laws; public education; road improvement; education and enforcement in the area of alcohol and driving) which have contributed significantly to reduction in accidents and fatalities are also discussed.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of Transportation

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Publication Date: 1976-4-27

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  • Accession Number: 00145053
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 13 1977 12:00AM