Independence Day Tops Fatal Crash Statistics
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The information is based on an analysis of federal fatal crash data, which shows that July 4, August 13, July 15 and January 1 sit at the top of the road fatality statistic for the 2004-2008 period. The report also shows that 114 deaths are registered throughout America as a result of road accidents on an average day.
The Institute’s president, Adrian Lund, has discussed a set of measures that are aimed at reducing the aforementioned highway death toll. According to Lund, the cause of the problem is the fact that the America is focusing on the less-important aspects of the threat, while ignoring multiple proving methods of reducing accidents on the highway.
“Why is our aim so far off? For one thing, officials are reluctant to take on the vocal opponents they would have to cross to implement some of the tough enforcement programs that research shows are effective. In contrast, it's been fairly easy to enact bans on texting while driving because they affect younger people, who usually do not march on state houses or vote in large numbers,” Lund said.
“We should not forget that we have made significant progress over the years on some big highway safety problems. Through regulations and government and insurance industry crash-testing programs, vehicles are safer than ever before. Through "Click It or Ticket" enforcement campaigns, the percentage of American drivers buckled up has risen to 84 percent. But progress in many other important areas has stalled or reversed course because too often we let ourselves become distracted from what really works,” the Institute’s president added.
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