The fight against auto accidents
Over the years, federal and various state governments have been bullish about lessening, if not eliminating, auto accidents in the country. Though efforts like information drives and certain accident prevention measures are put in place by the government, there are still a great number of auto accidents that have been happening all over the country. The number of accidents may have significantly decreased over the years, but it is undeniable that there are still a great number of recorded accidents in the country.
Numbers don’t lie
One Los Angeles car accident lawyer noted that according to the reports provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are still around 840,000 recorded incidents of crashes all over the nation. Of those incidents, around 1,700 people die because of auto accidents.
The NHTSA’s efforts
To help lessen accidents in the country, the NHTSA has been coming up with extensive and witty accident-prevention campaigns that is either being implemented or about to be implemented nationwide. Some of their famous campaigns include the increased child occupant safety awareness program, the “Click It or Ticket” for increased seatbelt use, as well as its anti-drunk driving campaign.
These programs have been proven to be very effective as yearly accident data recorded by the agency have been continuously going down while incidence of seatbelt use went significantly up year after year. The NHTSA attributes the success of its programs to the great support the agency has been receiving from various road safety advocate groups and the different state governments.
NHTSA’s upcoming campaigns
This year, the NHTSA is set to launch two of their biggest campaigns of the year. First is its latest anti-drunk driving campaign. Entitled; “Be a Team Player. Designate a sober driver” and “Fans don’t let fans drive drunk”, adverts for this campaign are expected to be shown on national television in a sports halftime show. With millions of Americans glued on their TV sets during the game, these ads will surely be seen and this would hopefully translate to lesser occurrences of drunk driving in this country. A similar campaign will be launched on Saint Patrick’s Day that will be focusing on Drunk Driving and “buzzed” driving.
Making a difference
While adverts alone won’t really put a stop to these accidents, campaigns like these can influence people, which, in effect, would increase awareness on the benefits of safe driving practices. Now the NHTSA is counting on you and every driver in America to make their efforts count and actually make a difference on the country’s roads.