Zero roads deaths in 30 years

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The United States is set­ting a goal of elim­i­nat­ing traf­fic fa­tal­i­ties and in­juries within the next 30 years. Trans­porta­tion Depart­ment officials laid out a plan yes­ter­day that would fo­cus first on pro­mot­ing ef­forts such as in­creased seat­belt use, the use of rum­ble strips and cam­paigns against drunken and dis­tracted driv­ing. The rapid in­tro­duc­tion of self-driv­ing cars and other ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies makes it pos­si­ble to achieve the zero deaths goal, the depart­ment said in a state­ment. Fully au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles hold the po­ten­tial to elim­i­nate hu­man er­ror, which is a fac­tor in 94 per cent of crashes, ac­cord­ing to the depart­ment. “We know that set­ting the bar for safety to the high­est pos­si­ble stan­dard re­quires com­mit­ment from ev­ery­one to think dif­fer­ently about safety, from driv­ers to in­dus­try, safety or­ga­ni­za­tions and govern­ment at all lev­els,” Trans­porta­tion Sec­re­tary An­thony Foxx. The plan was prompted by a 7.2 per cent surge in road deaths last year.

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