In 2016 approximately 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes, a 6% increase since the year prior. The number of those seriously injured also increased by 7%.
“An NSC [National Safety Council] survey released Feb. 15 provides a glimpse at the risky things drivers are doing. Although 83% of drivers surveyed believe driving is a safety concern, a startling number say they are comfortable speeding (64%), texting either manually or through voice controls (47%), driving while impaired by marijuana (13%) or driving after they feel they’ve had too much alcohol (10%).” – National Safety Council
According to the National Safety Council major changes are needed in order to prevent future injuries and fatalities. These changes include the implementation of automated enforcement techniques to catch speeders, adopting a new three-tiered licensing system for drivers under 21, and new comprehensive programs for pedestrian safety.