Transportation reform proposal, more states considering it
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A federal transportation commission has proposed legislation to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries, including reducing speed limits on highways and providing more funding to state and local governments.
In a proposal released on Thursday, the commission recommended that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and other federal agencies create “smart checkpoints” where motorists would receive “high-quality information” about their vehicle and “a secure, automated vehicle monitoring system that would alert drivers when a vehicle is moving erratically, unsafely or not on its scheduled route.”
The agency would also work with local governments to implement a pilot program that would allow individuals to use their personal cell phones to alert authorities to unsafe driving and slowdowns.
The proposal was introduced by Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte (R-Va.), a former federal prosecutor who served as deputy attorney general under President Donald Trump.
The commission also recommended the establishment of a “vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication system that can be activated from the front seat of a vehicle,” with a focus on increasing the safety of V2V vehicles.
The system would include a “virtual dashboard” that would display vehicle speed and speed limit, and would also show a speedometer.
The report, issued by the Transportation Safety Board of America, also recommended that states implement “vehicular and pedestrian speed limitations, as well as a speed camera program, that will alert drivers to dangerous drivers.”
The proposal comes as the nation is dealing with a wave of traffic deaths and injuries that have soared in recent years.
According to the latest data from the Federal Highway Administration, in 2016 there were an estimated 10,921 traffic deaths.
That’s a jump of more than 4,000 from the previous year, which saw an estimated 6,942 traffic deaths in the same period.
The number of fatalities has been rising for years, with traffic fatalities increasing by nearly 1,000 per day during the height of the economic downturn in 2009.
But the latest year of data shows that deaths are still on the rise.
According of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 531,865 traffic deaths nationwide in 2017.
A federal transportation commission has proposed legislation to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries, including reducing speed limits on highways and…