Officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are focused on preventing traffic accidents and making the roads as safe as possible for drivers and all travelers.
While the NHTSA works on achieving these goals in various ways, currently, there are a few groundbreaking projects the Administration is working on – and this work could go a long way to saving American lives.
Here’s a look at these projects and what their impacts could be.
NHTSA Work to Reduce Traffic Accidents, Traffic Deaths
1 – Research on technology to end drunk driving
In fact, as part of the DADSS program (Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety), NHTSA officials are working on developing innovative technologies that could prevent motorists from being able to start their vehicles if they are legally drunk (i.e., they have BACs of 0.08 or greater). Reportedly, these systems would detect intoxication via drivers’ breath or skin.
Noting the importance and potential impacts of this research, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has stated, “Education, awareness and enforcement have succeeded in dramatically reducing drunk driving fatalities, but the advanced technology of DADSS brings enormous potential to save even more lives.”
2 – Enforcement of a new rule requiring ESC systems on trucks and buses
To help reduce the incidence of large truck and bus accidents, the NHTSA is also focused on enforcing a new rule that will require these vehicles (i.e., trucks and buses weighing at least 26,000 lbs) to have electronic stability control (ESC) systems. These systems, which can prevent rollover accidents, are expected to prevent more than 1,750 truck and bus accidents each year in the U.S.
In relation to these efforts, Foxx has noted that:
ESC is a remarkable safety success story, a technology innovation that is already saving lives in passenger cars and light trucks… Requiring ESC on heavy trucks and large buses will bring that safety innovation to the largest vehicles on our highways, increasing safety for drivers and passengers of these vehicles and for all road users.
3 – Action to target novelty motorcycle helmets
Another important safety step the NHTSA is currently taking involves protecting motorcyclists from unsafe helmets. Specifically, the NHTSA has recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to address novelty motorcycle helmets and help riders better identify them (so they can, instead, choose DOT-approved helmets).
In fact, as the NHTSA has pointed out, riders who wear novelty helmets are about three times more likely than those wearing DOT-approved helmets to sustain serious head injuries in collisions.
Speaking to this effort, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind has noted that:
Wearing a helmet that meets DOT standards can literally mean the difference between life and death… Our proposal ensures that when motorcyclists put on a helmet it offers that life-saving protection.
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