Statement From National Coalition for Safer Roads on Support for Speed Enforcement Technology
WASHINGTON, March 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released a new report, “Survey of the States: Speeding and Aggressive Driving,” on the role that speeding plays in traffic deaths. Speeding continues to be a factor in one-third of traffic deaths every year, while almost every other area of highway safety steadily progresses. The GHSA recommends that states explore addressing speed concerns with aggressive driving enforcement and also encourages the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to promote best practices in automated enforcement strategies.
The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) supports speed enforcement and the GHSA’s recommendations.
“We have become very complacent in the U.S. about speeding and the GHSA report is right on target,” said David Kelly, president and executive director of NCSR, and former acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). “Automated enforcement like red light and speed safety cameras help local law enforcement agencies aggressively catch those that break the law and recklessly endanger others on the road. It would be careless not to consider the positive impact of these technologies. It is time for everyone to say ‘Enough is enough, we must start slowing down.’”
NCSR was organized as an industry trade association with the express purpose of advocating on behalf of the traffic safety technology industry. NCSR is proud to advocate for the use of red light safety cameras in more than 600 communities across the country to change reckless driver behavior, stop red-light running and save lives. NCSR is supported by American Traffic Solutions, with coalition partners including the National Safety Council; Safe Kids USA; Child Safety Network; National Organizations for Youth Safety; America Walks; and Red Means Stop, as well as numerous police departments, medical professionals, safety advocates, industry leaders, community leaders and concerned citizens. View NCSR Partners. For more information, visit http://www.NCSRsafety.org/, follow @SaferRoadsUSA on Twitter and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SaferRoadsUSA.
SOURCE National Coalition for Safer Roads