Traffic safety in the U.S.:Re-examining major opportunities

Michael Sivak (Corresponding Author), Juha Luoma, Michael J. Flannagan, Raymond C. Bingham, David W. Eby, Jean T. Shope

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    This article examines five major road-safety risk factors: exceeding posted speed limits, not using safety belts, driving while intoxicated, nighttime driving, and young drivers.

    The importance of each of these factors is documented, known effective countermeasures (both policy and technology based) are discussed, and impediments to the implementation of these countermeasures in the United States are examined.

    Based on current understanding of the five major risk factors, and of the available countermeasures, there appear to be a variety of opportunities to make substantial gains in road safety using existing knowledge. The limited implementation of a variety of known countermeasures therefore appears to be inconsistent with high-level, strategic goals to improve road safety.
    Consequently, a recommendation is made to comprehensively re-examine the balance between the countermeasures discussed in this article and economic, mobility, and privacy concerns.

    Impact on Public Safety
    Such a re-examination is likely to result in broad support for these countermeasures, with a consequent major improvement in road safety.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)337-355
    JournalJournal of Safety Research
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • speeding
    • use of safety belts
    • drunk driving
    • nighttime driving
    • young drivers


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