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A National Strategy on Highway Safety. Presentation by Vernon Betkey Chairman, Governors Highway Safety Association Director, Maryland Highway Safety Office 2011 SHSP Peer Exchange, Austin TX June 14, 2011. How many of you believe in the TZD concept? How many of you are skeptical?

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A National Strategy on Highway Safety

Presentation by

Vernon Betkey

Chairman, Governors Highway Safety Association

Director, Maryland Highway Safety Office

2011 SHSP Peer Exchange, Austin TX

June 14, 2011


  • How many of you believe in the TZD concept?

  • How many of you are skeptical?

  • How many of you believe Zero is unachievable?

TZD


  • Smallpox

  • 10,000 BC

  • 20th Century 300-500 M

  • Vaccination Campaign

  • WHO 1979


“…I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth”

John F. Kennedy

May 25, 1961


How Was it Accomplished?


What Challenges Do We Face?

  • 15% Unbuckled

  • 33% of Fatalities - Impaired Drivers

  • Drugged Driving Increasing

  • 33% of Fatalities - Speeding and Aggressive Driving

  • Distracted Driving Epidemic

  • Traffic Safety Culture

  • Leadership

  • Sustaining Momentum


What Have We Learned?

  • Strong laws - Key Component

  • High Visibility Enforcement/Strategic Communications

  • Technology Works

  • Data Driven - SHSP

  • “Countermeasures That Work”

  • Engineering Improvements Work


Short Term Behavioral Countermeasures

  • Strong Federal & State Investment

  • Primary Belt Laws & All Seating Positions

  • Sobriety Checkpoints/Saturation Patrols

  • High Visibility Enforcement & Strategic Communications

  • Mandatory Universal Motorcycle Helmets

  • Distracted Driving Enf. & Education

  • Speed & Aggressive Driving Enf. & Education

  • DDACTS


Intermediate TermBehavioral Countermeasures

  • Ignition interlocks for All Convicted Offenders

  • Expansive Use of Automated Enforcement

  • Belt Reminder Systems in All Vehicles

  • Anti-Distraction Technology

  • Driver Monitoring Systems


Long Term Behavioral Countermeasures

  • Standardized, Automated, and Linked Data Systems

  • Advanced Impaired Driving Detection Systems

  • Automated Crash Notification Systems

  • Speed Governor Systems

  • Crash Avoidance Technology

  • Monitoring for Drowsy Driving


States Role

  • Champion for National Goal

  • Adapt SHSP to Coincide with National Goals

  • Build on Successes

  • Build Top Down and Bottom Up Support

  • Build Ownership among All Stakeholders

  • Provide Feedback


“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything”

~ George Bernard Shaw


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