The Highway Safety Coalition informs the public in ways to reduce deaths, serious injuries and economic losses in from motor vehicle crashes by promoting collaborative efforts between agencies, organizations and individuals. Coalition building has been recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) as an effective tool for behavior change. Effective coalitions reach across borders and jurisdictions, bringing together agencies and groups that sometimes find themselves in competition rather than cooperation..
This site provides tools and resources not currently available to groups and communities throughout the state as well as a way to connect with others who share in the goal of keeping people alive on highways, roads and streets. According to NHTSA,
“A broad-based, grassroots coalition enhances credibility. One saying is especially appropriate for coalitions: ‘It is easy to cut one blade of grass, but if you bind many blades together into a sheaf, they are very difficult to cut through.’ The more widespread support a project can demonstrate, the more seriously the effort is perceived. When the project demonstrates both widespread support and active involvement, opinion leaders, the media and the public begin to take the effort seriously and pay attention.”
- Promoting professionalism, mutual respect and cooperation between Truckers, Motorists and Law Enforcement Agencies.
- Educating all Highway Users for responsible and safe motor vehicle operation to reduce vehicle accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
- Working to build relationships with other safety groups of similar values to be successful in this mutual goal.
- Sponsoring a “Master Driver” program to give advanced training, skills, pride, respect and restore Code of the Road for The Best of the Best.
Distractions to Safe Driving Cause Car Accidents
There are major distractions associated with cell-phone usage while operating a motor vehicle. Some of the distractions are; drivers must take their eyes off the road while dialing or text-messaging, some persons become absorbed in their conversations that their ability to concentrate on driving is severely impaired jeopardizing the vehicles occupants and other victims. The latest research shows that while using cellular telephones while driving may not be the most dangerous distraction, but, because it is so prevalent it is by far the most common cause of crashes and near crashes. Reports reflect that it may be safer to drive with alcohol impaired drivers than drivers using cellular telephones. Our development center is located in Austin Texas with a team of professionals dedicated to establishing the world’s first automated detection system for prosecuting offenders.
Every year, traffic crashes kill over 30,000 people and injure about 2 million people nationwide. The best way to survive a crash is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Before you get behind the wheel ask yourself a few questions:
- Am I too exhausted to be behind the wheel?
- Will I be distracted by my cell phone, radio or other distractions?
- Am I feeling too upset and angry to drive well?
- Have I taken any drugs or alcohol that might impair my ability to drive?
- Will I buckle my seat belt and ensure that all my passengers wear one too?
Over the past 10 years there has been a 37 percent decline of fatalities on roads. This declining trend can be attributed to four different areas:
- Planning efforts by a coordinated group of state agencies
- Continual efforts in engineering improvements in roads and vehicles
- Educational programs for new and existing drivers
- Enforcement initiatives to help ensure proper driving behavior
However, these combined efforts will only get us so far in saving lives. Every person behind the wheel has a responsibility to themselves and to other motorists to drive safely.