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40,000 auto deaths prompt a call to action

Recently, there have been a spate of stories about the increases in traffic deaths, auto accidents and other fatalities that occur as a result of dangerous or irresponsible behavior while on the road. So is anything being done about it?

It seems the authorities have indeed taken notice. The National Safety Council (NSC), alarmed by the spike in fatalities and injuries in recent years, have unveiled a multi-step plan of action intended at curbing these dangerous habits and increasing safety measures. 

Mandatory ignition interlocks? Just one of several measures proposed by the NSC

During a recent press conference, NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman put forward several changes that are necessary to reduce traffic injuries, as reported by Claims Journal. These changes include:

  • The installation of mandatory ignition interlocks for first-time DUI offenders
  • Increasing the number of red lights, speed cameras and other automated enforcement controls
  • Renewing the initiative to reduce and/or ban the usage of cell phones in vehicles
  • Mandatory seat belt usage enforcement across the nation
  • Initiating a new drivers license system consisting of three tiers, extending until the age of 21
  • Mandatory and universal helmet laws for motorcyclists
  • Standardizing safety technology such as lane violation warning systems across all new vehicles.

What has spurred these changes?

According to the NSC, the estimated cost of injuries, property damage and traffic fatalities have risen sharply in the past year, up 12% from 2015 to the total of $432.5 billion. This alarming increase has caused law makers and independent bodies to rethink the current approach to road safety. With the improvements in technology and awareness, the NSC hopes that the overall number of traffic deaths may eventually be reduced to zero. 

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