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The United States Trails Other Developed Countries in Several Transportation Safety Metrics

Aug 24, 2016

According to a new report titled North Dakota Statewide Traffic Safety Survey, 2016 – American drivers have room for improvement when compared with other developed countries around the world:

…One metric, road traffic death rate, is higher than in other developed countries (World Health Organization 2016) (Figure 1.1). Progress has been made reducing the number of traffic-related deaths, but crashes resulting in fatalities, injuries, and property damage continue to take place because of preventable factors. These factors include driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, distracted driving, and operating a vehicle without a safety belt, among others. The metric highlighted in Figure 1.1 suggests that more work is needed to improve driver behavior and overall safety on roadways in the United States. One critical asset in monitoring and communicating traffic safety priorities is a reliable and comprehensive means to set and measure goals (Government Accounting Office 2010). In a nationwide effort to improve transparency and quantify metrics for behavior-based investments designed to reduce motor vehicle crashes, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) established a set of performance measures that support traffic safety priorities and reveal progress related to behavioral safety plans and programs (Hedlund 2008)…

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