Highway Safety: Future Options That Will Make a Difference

The economic costs of road crashes range from 1-3% of a nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), with the higher amounts in the more highly developed economies. In the United States the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) puts the cost at $231 billion dollars a year in 2000 or over 2.3% of GDP. This is a huge economic deadweight lost and a major social concern that has yet to rise to the level of national importance that it should. The authors’ organization has joined with the US Department of Transportation and others by setting a goal to reduce the current stagnant fatality rate of 1.5 per hundred million vehicle miles of travel by one third�”from 1.5 now to 1.0 by 2008. This would save over 9000 fatalities per year but, still tragically kill 34,000 men, women, and children each year. Several US States and European countries have established target zero, or vision zero---a goal that should be strived for. This paper examines some of the major trends in highway fatalities and injuries, focuses on a major driving force in the future that will exacerbate the problem---the aging driving population, and offers solutions for not only older drivers but for all of highway safety . A major focus is on the need for strong laws and enforcement and partnerships since no one institutional area or remedy will be the silver bullet.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: CD-ROM; Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 8p
  • Monograph Title: ITE 2005 Annual Meeting and Exhibit Compendium of Technical Papers

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  • Accession Number: 01006884
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1933452080
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 22 2005 1:22PM