Sumary of NTSB chief: focus on road safety must shift to entire system:
- DETROIT (AP) — The new chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board wants governments and businesses to change the way they look at highway safety, considering the whole system rather than individual driver behavior.
- “The current approach, which favors automobiles and punishes only drivers for crashes, is clearly not working,” she said Monday in remarks prepared for a speech to the Governors Highway Safety Association conference in Denver.
- ”Homendy used speeding as an example of the “Safe System Approach” to road safety.
- She asked whether road designs encourage high speeds, or whether “ill-conceived” federal guidance has led to increasing speed limits in states.
- She told the group of state and territorial highway safety officials that speed limits and laws against impaired driving still have to be enforced.
- Homendy called on road designers, public health officials, governors, vehicle makers, transportation providers and communities to share a new vision.