Silent Killers: Non-Conventional Factors That Affect Highway Safety

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Silent Killers: Non-Conventional Factors That Affect Highway Safety

Khris Downey

Harding University

Abstract At some point traffic safety will affect everyone. During his or her lifetime each individual will be a driver, passenger, or pedestrian. Modern day society is one dominated by the automobile. Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death for people ages 1-34 (U.S. Department, 2002). In the year 2000 there were 41,611 traffic fatalities in the United States (U.S. Department, 2000) or approximately 2 fatalities every 20 minutes. During the time necessary to read this chapter two or three individuals will die in traffic related accidents.

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Over the past several decades, motor vehicle transportation has become the most popular mode of transportation in the United States. For the estimated 282,124,631 (U.S. Census Bureau) people living in the United States there are 221, 475, 173 registered vehicles (National Highway), that is 78.5 registered vehicles per 100 people. It is no wonder traffic safety is a growing concern throughout the United States. Americans are becoming increasingly sensitive to the dangers associated with motor vehicles. Automobile safety features are top considerations for many American automobile buyers. In a recent national survey (Home and Away) 83% of automobile buyers listed safety features as one of their top three considerations when purchasing an automobile. Traffic safety related articles frequently appear in news, journals and periodicals on both the local and national levels. For example, in a West Virginia newspaper the public was reassured as to legislative efforts addressing growing traffic safety problems. In the article, the author outlined a new…...

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