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From National Safety Councils Desk

The Council's transportation initiatives address five major issues affecting our safety on the roads today, all together offering the greatest potential for saving lives:

DISTRACTED DRIVING

Visit Distracted Driving for extensive resources to prevent fourfold increased crash risks due to driving while talking on cell phones and even greater crash risks from texting:

  • Materials for employers to educate employees and implement employee cell phone policies including a free policy and education kit
  • Public education campaigns from NSC and other organizations
  • State laws and advocacy information
  • Key research about cell phones and driving

TEEN DRIVING

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for American teens. Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) is proven to be effective at reducing these crashes. Visit our GDL section for:

  • Materials for employers to educate employees and implement employee cell phone policies including a free policy and education kit
  • Resources for parents, employers and concerned citizens
  • Links to the extensive science from NSC's two GDL Symposiums
  • Journal of Safety Research Special Issues about GDL

This research documents the life-saving successes of GDL and the next steps of how to continue reducing teen driver crashes.

The Teen Driving website shares NSC resources including the Family Guide to Teen Driver Safety, Alive at 25 and the Alive at 25 Parent Program and how they can help you keep teens safe on the road.

IMPAIRED DRIVING

About every 30 minutes, someone is killed in an alcohol-related crash in the United States. Every two minutes, someone is injured. Despite the gains we've made in reducing impaired driving crashes, about 40 percent of vehicle crash deaths still involve alcohol. Males age 21-34 -- a group very likely to be employed by NSC members -- are currently being addressed for higher incidence of impaired driving. Discover effective Impaired Driving prevention strategies.

OCCUPANT PROTECTION

Seat belts save lives. While seat belt use has been increasing and averages about 84 percent nationally, there are still groups less likely to wear seat belts: teens, commercial drivers, males in rural areas, pick-up truck drivers, and people who have been drinking. Visit Seat Belt resources for data, effective prevention, and national and state organizations working on this issue.

Protect children who cannot protect themselves, with proper child restraints. Most child restraints are being used incorrectly in some way. Download fact sheets and find the leading resources for information on Child Passenger Safety.

SPEEDING

Speed is a factor in about one out of three fatal crashes. The National Maximum Speed Limit was repealed in 1995, and since then most states have raised speed limits. While other traffic safety issues have shown success, speeding is still a challenge. Visit Speeding resources for strategies to reduce crash risks.

In addition to the above factors, the driving population is changing. Population trends in the U.S. will bring a substantial increase in the number of older drivers on the road in the coming decades:

MATURE DRIVERS

The number of senior drivers will increase 70 percent over the next 20 years. With crash rates for drivers age 65+ higher than any age group except teens, this large increase could result in up to 100,000 senior driver deaths between 2008 and 2028. Find resources to help keep mature drivers safe with self-evaluation tools, education, driver refresher courses and public transportation

 

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