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NHTSA: TRAFFIC FATALITIES INCREASED DRAMATICALLY IN 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2015 year-end report has been released. Despite the criticism frequently leveled at the agency, one thing is certainly true: NHTSA remains one of the technologically advanced and open agencies in the federal government.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has taken an extremely proactive role in the assimilation of technology in roadway safety requirements. For example, among the achievements that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration touts for 2015 are:

    It is shocking to many of us that we continue to see traffic fatalities increase in the United States. We commit an incredible amount of resources to decreasing dangers presented by cars, commercial trucks, and other users of our roadways. For years, we have been seeing a decline in the number of traffic deaths; however, that trend changed remarkably through the first 3 quarters of 2015. NHTSA reported:

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today announced its latest estimate of traffic deaths, which show a steep 9.3 percent increase for the first nine months of 2015. The news comes as the agency kicks-off its first in a series of regional summits with a day-long event in Sacramento, Calif., to examine unsafe behaviors and human choices that contribute to increasing traffic deaths on a national scale. Human factors contribute to 94 percent of crashes according to decades of NHTSA research.

    “For decades, U.S. DOT has been driving safety improvements on our roads, and those efforts have resulted in a steady decline in highway deaths,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “But the apparent increase in 2015 is a signal that we need to do more. The safety summits that NHTSA is kicking off today in Sacramento will provide us with new approaches to add to the tried-and-true tactics that we know save lives.”

    NHTSA estimates that more than 26,000 people died in traffic crashes in the first nine months of 2015, compared to the 23,796 fatalities in the first nine months of 2014. U.S. regions nationwide showed increases ranging from 2 to 20 percent.

    Source: http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/nhtsa-sees-roadway-deaths-increasing-02052016

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    The region including the State of Georgia saw the 2nd highest increase in the percentages of traffic-related deaths in the United States for the first 3 quarters of 2015:

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  1. Advanced Automated Vehicle and Crash Avoidance Technologies: Announced a series of steps to speed lifesaving innovations, such as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) crash avoidance technology and to identify possible regulatory obstacles to better understand where problems can be addressed internally and where we will need Congressional action [5/13/15].
  2. Improved the Safety of Heavy Trucks and Buses by Requiring Electronic Stability Control (ESC): Finalized requirement for Electronic Stability Control on heavy trucks and large buses, which will save up to 49 lives and prevent up to 1,759 crashes each year [6/3/15]
  3. Worked Together to Make Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) Standard: Announced commitment from 10 major vehicle manufacturers to make automatic emergency braking (AEB) a standard feature on all new vehicles built; agency will also add automatic emergency braking systems to its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) 5-Star Safety Ratings [9/11/15]

Source: http://www.nhtsa.gov/nhtsa/accomplishments/2015/index.html

We are seeing an increasing prevalence of automation in accident prevention measures required by NHTSA, and the NHTSA year end report exemplifies this trend.

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