Zero roads deaths in 30 years
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.