Benefits of Highway Safety Improvement Programs

by Lester P. Lamm, Highway Users Federation, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Highway Safety: At the Crossroads

Abstract: Even at the most conservative estimate of 2% annual growth in travel, the U.S. would experience almost 58,000 deaths in the year 2000 at a death rate of 2.5 per 100 million miles traveled. As a result of such projections the Highway Users Federation sponsored a symposium last June on Highway Safety Priorities between Now and the year 2000. The universal enactment of safety belt use laws in all 50 states and achieving at least a 70% use rate in all states is the number one recommendation between now and the year 2000. The universal enactment of safety belt use laws in all 50 states and achieving at least a 70% use rate in all states is the number one recommendation between now and the year 2000. The author addresses the benefits that can also be derived fro cost/effective roadway improvements that can be implemented to reduce crashes and their resulting death, injury and property damage.

Subject Headings: Traffic accidents | Highways and roads | Traffic safety | Traffic analysis | Traffic surveys | Damage (structural)

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