Originally posted on the ADONA website – April 24, 2018
In developed countries around the world, it has long been known that rural roads are the location for far more deaths, measured against the total miles driven, than any other type of road or highway. And this is equally true in the U.S.A.
“Twenty-five percent of all driving in America is on rural roads but this results, very disproportionately, in around fifty percent of all U.S. roadway fatalities.” — Eddie Wren
There are several contributory reasons for this very serious situation:
A U.S. Senator for Massachusetts has slammed “egregious failures” by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for its lack of oversight, which he says is linked to an increase in fatal, truck-involved crashes.
[This article was first published, by the same author, on the ‘Drive and Stay Alive’ website in 2003, but the photograph is new.]
A… study conducted by the Styrian Austrian Road Safety Board reviewed the effects of lowering the BAC from .08 to .05 percent in Styria. Comparing 1998, when the new BAC went into effect, to 1997, the decline in alcohol-related crashes amounted to 11.6 percent.
Bollards and rubber curbs that prevent drivers from cutting across intersections at a diagonal can make streets safer for pedestrians, according to a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Even now, just a few weeks into the Covid-19 corona virus assault on the USA, we know that the critical factor in trying to avoid this deadly illness is to avoid contact with other people. But even travelling by car isn’t entirely safe so what can we all do to improve the situation?