The U.S. DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released its estimate that 31,720 people died in traffic crashes across America from January through September, 2021. This estimate is an increase of 12% over 2020 figures. The NHTSA projection is the highest number of fatalities during the first nine months of any year since 2006, and the highest year-to-year increase recorded in the history of the Fatality Analysis Reporting System.
Federal Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, calling the number of estimated traffic deaths a “national crisis,” recently announced a new plan to address the number of roadway fatalities and serious injuries. The new plan – the National Roadway Safety Strategy – is America’s first-ever national, comprehensive plan to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
The DOT, as part of the National Roadway Safety Strategy, is adopting the “Safe System Approach,” which acknowledges both human mistakes and human vulnerability, and designs a redundant system to protect everyone by preventing crashes and ensuring that when they do happen they do not result in serious injury or death.
The DOT will use a five-pronged model to address safety: safer people; safer roads; safer vehicles; safer speeds and post-crash care.
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