The Safety Report discusses transportation safety and what actions should be taken to prevent increased accident rates.
State laws have a direct impact on safety behavior. The statistics demonstrate a lack of or missing proper laws. The Safety Report has determined that an additional 390 laws need to be signed across ALL states and Washington DC to meet the Advocates’ recommendations.
In 2021, the Advocates hope that by outlining specific federal laws that should take place and implementing specific solutions on a state level, the safety rating and crash statistics should improve drastically.
The Safety Report has determined that advanced technology that has helped avoid or lessen crashes be standard production rather than an add-on to a vehicle. Automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning, (LDW), and blind-spot detection (BSD) have all made a dramatic impact on crash rates. AEB has reduced accidents by 56%, LDW by as much as 20%, and BSD has reduced injury crashes by 25%. AEB and forward collision warning has also prevented large truck accidents by 44% and 41%, respectively. Headlights are also in dire need of improvement as nighttime visibility is a safety concern.
The Report has also determined that automated enforcements such as red-light and speed cameras are effective against running red lights and speeding. Controlling speeding has proven to be difficult but automated enforcement has reduced fatal red-light crash rates by as much as 21% and fatal crash rates at intersections by 14%. Over the last 25 years, increased speed limits have killed 37,000 people.
Autonomous vehicles (AV) have the opportunity to drastically reduce life-altering crashes, deaths, and injuries, but they must meet minimum performance requirements and several oversights. Advocates have recommended federal action, regulations, and safeguards to protect the general public. At this time, there is understandably some concern with automated vehicles. There have been multiple crashes that involved cars equipped with autonomous technology and there are laws that need to be implemented to make sure the driver and passengers are safe. A few recommendations mentioned in the report include proper restraints of the occupants in the event of a crash and that if the driver takes over the wheel while the car is driving automatically, it must have certain measures in place.
There are many other changes The Safety Report mentions. Each problem has killed thousands of people and with the recommendations of the safety report, it is hoped that these preventative measures will reduce injuries and fatalities.
Changes the safety report mentions are
Currently, Nevada is in the red zone based on the number of safety laws Nevada has passed in 2020/2021. This indicates that the state is dangerously behind in adopting the recommended safety laws to prevent death and injuries. In 2019 alone, there have been 304 deaths as a result of a motor vehicle crash and a total of 2,910 fatalities over the last 10 years. If Nevada wishes to be in the green and prevent further deaths, there are specific laws needed. Most of these involve Graduated Driver Licensing and stronger child protection laws. They need a minimum age requirement, stronger supervised driving requirements, nighttime restrictions, passenger restrictions, and higher cell phone restrictions. Nevada also needs a booster seat law, rear-facing through age 2 law, and a seatbelt enforcement law for child and standard passenger protection.
To read a further detailed report on the safety laws required, read the full 2021 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws written by the Advocates of Highway and Auto Safety.
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