In 2016, more than 37,000 Americans died on the roads—5,000 more people than in 2011. Given the increasingly rapid advances in technology and the wealth of knowledge about how to prevent crashes, the broader traffic safety community is working together to achieve a common vision: that by 2050, nobody will be killed in a traffic crash on U.S. roads. Working with the Road to Zero Coalition, RAND researchers recently developed a scenario intended to achieve zero traffic deaths in 2050.
The report outlines 12 ways federal policymakers can support the vision of making zero traffic deaths a reality. Among these, they can:
- Explore opportunities to align safety and research and development funding with state and local needs and improve return on investment;
- Support new methods for achieving change, including promotion of a safety culture, public-private partnerships, and innovative funding strategies such as social impact bonds.
- Use incentives and standards as appropriate to accelerate effective safety technology into the market.
Read all 12 recommendations for federal officials in the executive summary »
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For questions or to discuss this work, please contact Laura Patton.