Car Safety Advocates Seek Better Designed Roads, Better Laws
With motor vehicle accidents on the rise generally, and with pedestrian and bicycle accidents in particular seeing a serious spike, car safety advocates are seeking changes to traffic laws and road design to reduce the number of auto accidents on the road. They have also called on police to step up enforcement of traffic violations to curtail risky driving behaviors. This, they say, will help to reduce the number of people who suffer serious injuries or deaths as a result of motor vehicle accidents.
Designing Better and Safer Roads
Tom Louizou, a former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regional administrator, noted the importance of designing better roads to make them safer for both drivers and pedestrians. He notes the issues that come with what he calls a “car-centric” approach to road design, which makes things easier for motorists at the expense of pedestrians and bicyclists. By adding things like landscaping, meridians, raised crosswalks, and other similar features, drivers can be subtly encouraged to slow down and be more mindful of pedestrians and cyclists, decreasing the risk of accidents.
Proposed Changes to Traffic Laws
In addition, traffic laws can be reformed to become tougher on certain types of particularly risky driving, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (also known as DUI). In particular, groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are looking to increase the use of ignition interlock devices, which force drivers to blow into an on-board breathalyzer before they can start the car. This can help improve car safety by keeping intoxicated people from getting behind the wheel in the first place.
An Emphasis on Enforcement
Of course, there is also a need for increased enforcement of existing traffic laws to improve car safety. The police became somewhat more lax when it came to traffic enforcement during the pandemic, and they are still catching up in terms of catching reckless drivers. Stepping up enforcement can be critical for curtailing common types of reckless driving, such as speeding, switching lanes without signaling, and driving without a seatbelt.
Educating Drivers on Safe Driving
Education also remains an important part of improving car safety. While most people know how to drive safely in theory, in practice people tend to get more careless over time without refresher training. An increased emphasis on defensive driving courses, as well as public awareness campaigns, may therefore help to keep people from driving recklessly and causing accidents.
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