Improving highway safety seems to be on the minds of everyone these days, according to a recent survey published by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
The government’s initiative to reduce car accidents in North Carolina and elsewhere in the country has gained the attention of many motorists who use our roadways.
Car accident attorneys in Statesville, Winston-Salem and Greensboro know that getting drunk and distracted drivers off the roadways improves safety but there still remains much to be done by state and federal governments to reduce the number of fatalities each year on American roadways. The launch of ‘Decade of Action for Road Safety’ campaign has gone global in the fight against deaths on roadways. Regrettably, campaigns don’t really help victims or their families with the financial hardships faced after suffering a severe or fatal injury — so seeking professional advice is an important step to maintaining financial stability throughout the recovery process.
We first mentioned the international campaign last month on our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog. The Safe Systems Approach over the next 10 years aims to improve vehicle safety, build safer roadways, change unfavorable driving behaviors, and improve the emergency care given following a crash.
“At a time when more and more U.S. highway safety agencies are adopting “Toward Zero Death” goals, it is very heartening to see motorist support for more, not less action by government to make our roads safer,” said J. Peter Kissinger, President of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, that commissioned this survey.
The AAA Foundation reports the following responses from American motorists on the survey:
-70 percent agree that stricter driving safety laws should be imposed.
-41 percent agree that the federal government should make cars safer, 60 percent feel automakers have the responsibility to enhance car safety.
-86 percent agree that a driver education course should be completed prior to licensing for all new drivers.
-57 percent agree that state government legislatures should be more active in making roadways safer in respective states.
-62 percent agree that our country needs more laws to curb bad driving behaviors.
It is projected that by 2020, there will be almost 2 million traffic fatalities throughout the entire world in a calendar year. The universal goal is to put monetary resources towards education, road design, technology, and laws in order to reduce traffic fatalities worldwide.
May 11th, 2011 marks the official launch of ‘Decade of Action for Road Safety’ with an event hosted in Washington, D.C. Over 50 countries and 30 U.S. states will show support of the global campaign by wearing the trademark symbol, the yellow tag, in recognition of a worldwide effort to make roadways safer.
For more information about the event, click here to view.
The Lee Law Offices, P.A. are dedicated to fighting for the rights of victims and their families throughout North and South Carolina. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact the firm at 1-800-887-1965 for a free consultation to discuss your case.