Cooley On Cars
Smarter Driver: Why are road deaths spiking?Cooley looks into data that shows deaths on the road have been climbing since 2015 and what actions the National Safety Council is recommending to bring those numbers down.
On US roads it's been high clover for low death rates. In the 20 years from 96 from 2015, US traffic deaths per capita were down 16 of those years. My god. But in 2015 Something started turning wrong. The countries per capital up 10%. Total deaths up as well and may hit 40,000 when the 2016 numbers are in according to the national safety council. That will be the first time they crested 40K. Since before the 2008 recession. Even benchmarks against miles travelled in a strengthening economy since then, 2015 marks a spike. And the National Safety Counsel thinks 2016 will come in 3% higher on that measure as well. Hot spots are Georgia, Idaho, Oregon, Vermont and New Hampshire. And all of this despite the fact that higher risk young drivers Are trending away from the wheel, according to University of Michigan's Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle. A broad trend since the early 80s shows a big drop in 16 year olds with licenses, but also those in their early 20s, and even early 30s. They give various reasons ranging from being too busy to get a license, to thinking cars are too expensive, or just bumming or borrowing a ride is easy. In response to all these, the National Safety Council is calling for some changes that you might find encouraging or perhaps alarming, requiring of ignition locks for everyone convicted of a DUI, broader use of speed cameras. No more hands free calling, no phone use at all, and making doing so a primary offense. Doing the same for seat belt laws, in all seats of all kinds of vehicles. Requiring drivers under 21 to graduate through two Two preliminary tiers of drivers license before they get a full D.L. And standardizing blind spot, automatic braking, lane departure, and adaptive headlights in federal regulations. All of that's voluntary tech today. Just when we started patting ourselves on the back for a long down trend in road fatalities, it looks like there's still more work to be done. And perhaps a stronger argument that some degree autonomy is the key to the next big reduction in death [MUSIC] More realities of modern driving, revealed now on CNETOnCars.com. Click on SMARTER DRIVER. [MUSIC]