- Government road fatalities show higher numbers in the first half of 2022 than in 2021, but that’s not all.
- After seven straight quarters of increases, the second quarter of 2022 saw a decline in road traffic casualties.
- To fulfill Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg’s call to prevent as many deaths as possible, NHTSA has updated (or plans to update) rules for new vehicle safety features.
Last year, 2021, experts recorded the highest number of road deaths in the United States in 16 years. Last year, he had 42,915 deaths, confirming the projected trend for 2022 and could mark a new high if it continues.
This month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a slight increase in its initial estimate of traffic fatalities in the first half of 2022, up by about 0.5%. The first half of 2022 saw an estimated 20,175 deaths, compared to his first half of 2021, when an estimated 20,070 people died in road accidents. Although this is clearly an increase, NHTSA found that the high numbers hid good news. The second quarter of 2022 marks the first decline in deaths in almost two years. This number has been steadily increasing since the third quarter of 2020, which is his seventh consecutive quarter.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said in a statement, “These deaths are not inevitable, they are unavoidable and we need to act accordingly.” He added that there is work to be done and that it is being done to protect all road users.
How can roads be made safer?
For example, Secretary of State Buttigieg announced the National Highway Safety Strategy (NRSS) in January. The NRSS says that nearly 95% of transportation deaths in the United States occur on roads, roads and highways, compared to travel by train, plane, etc. To reduce road fatalities, NHTSA is helping states develop a “perfect road” project to change the rules of new cars to make them even safer than current models. We are also considering.
So far this year, NHTSA has also taken steps to improve its testing standards for child restraints and improve underride protection for semi-truck trailers. The agency also found that creating crash-test dummies that more accurately replicated both male and female bodies would help counteract the greater risk of women crashing.
More Driver Assist Technology?
NHTSA’s new vehicle rating program could be updated with the addition of four more recommended Advanced Driver Assistance System technologies: Blind Spot Detection, Blind Spot Intervention, Lane Keeping Assist, and Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking. NHTSA said it may update NCAP over the next decade to “take into account vehicle safety features for people walking or biking around the vehicle.”
Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said all new vehicles must have an alcohol hazard detection system. The NTSB he recommended to NHTSA that passive alcohol injury detection systems, better driver monitoring systems, or a combination of both are needed to stop intoxicated people from driving.
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