Spurred by a large increase in traffic deaths in the past 18 months, multiple agencies under the Department of Transportation (DOT) have joined together to form the Road to Zero Coalition for the purpose of ending all traffic fatalities within the next 30 years.
The Road to Zero Coalition includes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Safety Council (NSC).
The DOT will assist the coalition by distributing $1 million per year in grants for the next three years to help organizations that are trying to reduce road fatalities.
The coalition will work to prevent traffic deaths by promoting proven strategies, including the use of seatbelts and the elimination of dangerous driving behaviors that increase the risk of fatal crashes.
The coalition will also develop a vision for eliminating traffic deaths and use evidence-based strategies to systematically eliminate risk factors for fatal crashes.
One of the areas they will focus on is finding ways to eliminate inevitable human errors that result in deaths on the road.
Despite recent statistics, regulators believe that autonomous vehicles and other safety technology will spur a dramatic reduction in traffic fatalities.
Recent Increases In Traffic Deaths
The creation of the Road to Zero Coalition comes in the wake of recent data showing alarming increases in traffic fatalities.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released statistics on traffic deaths showing that there was a seven percent increase from 2014 to 2015, the largest increase in five decades.
This shocking trend has continued into 2016, as there was a nine percent increase in traffic deaths in the first six months of the year compared to the first six months of 2015.
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