Over the past 20 years deaths caused by drunk drivers have plummeted, but overall traffic fatalities have increased. Why?
For the first time in 20 years, all of the major indicators of traffic safety-overall fatalities as well as the fatality rates-increased. There are a lot of reasons for this, many of which have to do with drivers becoming more distracted, impatient, careless, and ultimately, negligent.
The intersection of high-tech, in-car gadgets and busy, sleep-deprived people who speed off to work while multitasking has created a perfect storm of highway risks that is reflected in ever-higher traffic fatalities.
To effectively turn the tide on highway deaths, the nation must view traffic safety within the context of negligent driving. Negligent drivers-whether they are speeding, drunk, distracted, or overly fatigued-put themselves and others at risk, often vastly underestimating the danger posed by their behavior.
There is often a disconnect between the public's perception of the danger of various actions, and the actual danger correlated with them, resulting in millions of unknowingly negligent drivers cruising the roads at any given moment.
This website brings together research and government data to illustrate today's traffic safety situation and to educate the public regarding the hazards posed by negligent driving, and to offer solutions to help make the highways safer.