Motorists Want More Laws, Enforcement on Highway Safety

Absent in virtually all safety discussions is the rising cost that the ever increasing devices have on new vehicles, as well as the negative effects they have on fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

A majority of motorists in the United States want additional laws more action by government officials to improve highway safety, according to a new survey out today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The highway safety survey was released just ahead of the United Nations’ official launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety campaign, which aims to stabilize and then reduce global road deaths by 2020. Major economies of the so called G20, including the United States, as well as developing countries and public institutions such as the World Bank and the World Health Organization, have all endorsed the concept to reduce the 1.3 million people who are killed on the world’s roads each year

“Despite shrinking federal and state transportation budgets and a public debate over the most appropriate role of government, it’s clear that a majority of Americans want government officials to do more – not less – about highway safety,” claimed AAA President and CEO Bob Darbelnet.

The highway safety survey was conducted April 7 – 13 by Knowledge Networks for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, with what’s said to be a nationally representative sample of 920 drivers ages 18 and older.

Specific Highway Safety Survey Results Claimed Include:

  • 62% agree the U.S. needs more laws to prevent people from doing dangerous things while driving (17% disagree)
  • 57% agree their respective state government needs to do more to make their roads safer (11% disagree)
  • 86% agree all new drivers should be required to complete a driver education course before they can get a driver’s license (3% disagree)
  • A majority agree that both auto manufacturers (60%) and the federal government (41%) need to do more to make cars safer  (9 and 21%, respectively, disagree)
  • 70% of  agree that driving safety laws should be enforced more strictly (6% disagree)

About Ken Zino

Ken Zino is an auto industry veteran with global experience in print, broadcast and electronic media. He has auto testing, marketing, public relations and communications expertise garnered while working in Asia, Europe and the U.S.
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