U.S. traffic safety groups, along with the federal government, have been applauding the significant reduction in highway deaths that seems to be a nationwide trend over the last few years. However, other nations have even a better record of traffic safety and two new government reports say we could be doing more in the U.S. to save lives on the nation’s roadways, according to Consumer Reports.
The National Research Council lists several improvements, including frequent sobriety checkpoints to find drunk drivers (saving 1,500 to 3,000 lives); enforcement of speed limits (saving 1,000 to 2,000 lives); making the motorcycle helmet laws universal (saving 450 lives); and increasing seat belt use from 85% to 90% (saving 1,200 lives).
The National Transportation Safety Board also recommends universal helmet laws for motorcyclists. Florida opted out of a law mandating helmets in 2000 and saw an immediate sharp increase in the number of motorcycle deaths. A universal helmet law would mean all 50 states adopt some requirement for helmets.
Another top priority is eliminating distracted driving by young drivers, improving the use of child and booster safety seats, getting tough on habitual drunk driving offenders, and enacting tougher seat belt laws.
While the U.S. has been making steady progress on all of these fronts, there remains more to do to save lives on the roadways. The Jacksonville personal injury attorneys at Farah & Farah have been representing victims of Florida auto and truck accidents for more than 25 years and offers a free and comprehensive consultation on your accident case. If you don’t know where to begin following an accident, give us a call at 1-800-533-3555.