Cars are getting smarter and smarter, so why are traffic fatalities not going down?
Backup cameras are becoming a standard feature (any new models made after May 2018 are required to have them), lane departure warnings alert you when you're getting out of line, and some cars can literally drive themselves.
But even with all of these new safety features, 37,461 lives were lost in 2016 due to traffic related deaths.
That averages out to about 102 fatalities every day. That is a 5.6% increase from the previous year with 35,485 deaths in 2015.
Motor vehicle accidents were the leading cause of death for children age 10, and teens and young adults from 16 to 23 in 2015.
So what contributed to this number? Let's take a look...
A common phrase in the transportation community is "Vision Zero", "Road to Zero", or some other variation where the ultimate end-goal is to have zero roadway fatalities.
So why don't we seem to be making any progress and how can we fix this?
There has been a steady increase in traffic fatalities in the past three years. The three highest categories have obvious solutions: don't drink and drive, always wear a seat-belt, and slow down. As individuals we have to all be more aware of how we're driving, and we can also not let our friends and family practice these dangerous habits.