Motorcoach

NHTSA: Highway safety programs saved thousands of lives in 2009

Posted on September 27, 2010

Two new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports released Monday estimate that seat belts saved more than 72,000 lives during the five years between 2005 and 2009, while child restraint systems and minimum drinking age laws saved hundreds more during 2009.

 

“Safety is my number one priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We are working every day to make our highways, rails and skies safer and these reports show the vital importance of our programs to promote the use of seat belts and child restraint systems.”

 

According to the reports, Lives Saved in 2009 by Restraint Use and Minimum Drinking Age Laws and Seat Belt Use in 2010 – Overall Results, the use of seat belts in 2009 saved an estimated 12,713 lives, while motorcycle helmet use prevented an additional estimated 1,483 deaths. In addition, the report estimates that between 2005 and 2009, motorcycle helmets saved 8,328 lives. The report also estimates that 623 lives were saved in 2009 by 21-year-old minimum drinking age laws, and that 309 toddlers were saved (aged 4 and under) because of child restraints.

 

The report includes a breakout of estimated lives saved in 2009 by state due to various safety systems and equipment.

 

“As impressive as these figures are, they could be, and should be, even more impressive,” NHTSA Administrator David Strickland told a gathering of state highway safety officials attending a meeting of the Governors Highway Safety Association. “If we had 100 percent compliance for seat belt and motorcycle helmet use, we would have saved an additional 4,420 lives in 2009.”

 

Referencing NHTSA’s latest seat belt use survey, Administrator Strickland also noted that the national seat belt use rate is slowly climbing toward full compliance, reaching an all time record of 85 percent in 2010, a full percentage point higher than in 2009.

 

Strickland called on states to keep up their efforts to increase seat belt use in their states. NHTSA estimates that a one percentage point increase in national safety belt usage results in savings of 220 lives each year.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Harmon Brothers Charter Service joins Trailways network

As part of Trailways, it will be known as Harmon Brothers Trailways.

Prevost adds 3 Parts & Service Centers to network

The new locations bring the total of Prevost owned and operated service centers to 14, nearly double the size of the largest competitor network. In addition, the service network is supported by more than 150 certified Volvo Truck locations.

ABC to open new Calif. parts, service center

The Newark location is on the east side of the San Francisco Bay and offers easy access to customers via Route 84, and Interstate 880.

IMG partners with int'l tour group for customer service training

The ITMI training will help build brand recognition, increase driver morale and retention, and give tips for handling the challenges on the road and long-distance travel.

One Year Later: Irizar i6 Gains in U.S. Market

After launching its sleek, black motorcoach into the U.S., the bus builder is seeing strong results among operators and clients.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close