Traffic deaths dropping as safety equipment improves
"Strong laws with visible enforcement also are critically important to sustaining this positive trend," noted Bainwol. "Recent NHTSA data showed that while 16 jurisdictions have safety belt use rates above 90 percent, too many states are below the national average of 85 percent. This gap must be reversed so we can continue to save even more lives. The safety belt remains the most significant piece of safety equipment in the vehicle. The Alliance will continue the industry's longtime, strong support for increasing belt use through enactment of primary enforcement state belt use laws and the annual "Click It or Ticket" national enforcement period.
"Safe driving practices, particularly when it comes to drivers paying attention to the road, are important as well," Bainwol added. "Alliance members have continued to combat the issue of distracted driving with national campaigns designed to raise public awareness of the risks of being distracted while behind the wheel. Since 2003, Alliance members have been designing in-vehicle technologies to allow drivers to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. Bainwol also said automakers are continuing to focus on vehicle innovations that make the biggest safety contributions in the real world, and on the advancements of strong and effective traffic safety laws and practices. By Joseph Szczesny