When Volvo says that by 2020, there will be no death in or by a Volvo car, we sort of believe them, considering the brilliant track record of Volvo. But when a country like the U.S.A, which has the most number of cars across the globe, says that they are planning to stop road deaths by 2046, it's hard to believe. But then again, any action taken in this step is commendable in its own respect!
The administration under the leadership of Barack Obama, who is serving his final month in the White House has an ambitious plan in their mind. The Fed announced to formulate a plan to end road fatalities within the next 30 years, which means, by 2046 America will be free from any death caused in a road/traffic accident.
“Working closely with our partners, both inside and outside the Department, we are committing significant resources to the serious effort being put forth to make the ambitious goal of zero deaths an eventual reality,” FMCSA administrator T.F. Scott Darling III said. “While we work tirelessly every day to promote safer roadways, we understand that this coalition will only succeed if we all do our part and pledge to make safety our highest priority.”
To pursue the goal, various stakeholders will be involved to form a new coalition, including the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Highway Administration, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, as well as the National Safety Council (NSC).
“Every single death on our roadways is a tragedy,” NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind commented. “We can prevent them. Our drive toward zero deaths is more than just a worthy goal. It is the only acceptable goal.” And so, 'Road to Zero Coalition' will be launched with one simple vision - zero fatalities on the roads.
Factually speaking, 2015 was the deadliest year since 2008 in terms of the driving fatalities. What's more, the fatality rate has increased by 9% in the first half of 2016 alone as compared to the same period in 2015. The new coalition will start from focusing on promoting “proven lifesaving strategies”, like improving seat belt use, installing rumble strips, truck safety, behavior change campaigns, and data-driven enforcement.
Furthermore, the coalition will develop a new “scenario-based vision on how to achieve zero traffic deaths based on evidence-based strategies and a systematic approach to eliminating risks.” A budget of $ 1 million has been allocated for the period of next three years, and it will spend by the Transportation Department in promoting the activities of the newly-formed collaboration.
"Our vision is simple – zero fatalities on our roads," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "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."
"Reaching zero deaths will be difficult, will take time and will require significant effort from all of us but it is the only acceptable vision," said FHWA Deputy Administrator David Kim. "We're not at zero yet, but by working together, the day will come when there are no fatalities on the nation's roadways, sidewalks or bicycle paths."
We know the target is difficult to achieve, but the time frame is long. If only the coalition could reduce the deaths by half, the world would be grateful for such an initiative. We too, expect from our government to take some stringent measures to reduce the deaths. India, as you all know, is the leading nation in the traffic fatalities.
Source - TheDetroitBureau