2024 Roadmap to Safety

Motor vehicle crash fatalities and injuries are a public health crisis and a national tragedy. In recent years, a daily average of nearly 120 people are killed and approximately 6,800 are injured. The Roadmap to Safety offers proven solutions to lawmakers and regulatory agencies to end this nightmare, yet no state has enacted all 16 recommendations. We have a prime opportunity to save lives, and we need our leaders to put this report into action now for the safety of the traveling public. Let’s get going!


2023 Roadmap to Safety

Over the past 20 years, more than three-quarters of a million people were killed and 51.5 million more were injured in motor vehicle crashes. Yet, no state has attained a perfect score in our annual ratings. Further, the U.S., once a leader, has fallen behind our international counterparts in adopting measures to enhance safety. We must change that, and the Roadmap to Safety offers the tools. Advocates challenges our nation’s federal and state leaders to take this report and implement it — now.


2022 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws

We offer the 2022 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws as a commonsense guide to “control” the chaos on our roads. Working together, we can steer our country onto a steady course of safe drivers, passengers and road users, safe vehicles, and safe roadways.

2021 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws

The traumatic and dramatic challenges experienced in 2020 have been unprecedented in modern
day, yet there is still some good news. The tried-and-true solutions of prevention and mitigation
continue to be effective.

2020 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws

2020 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws

As we enter a new decade, a tremendous opportunity stands before us to dramatically improve safety on our Nation’s roads. Now is the time for attention, activism and action.

2019 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws

The future offers a promise of improving safety on our roads with autonomous vehicles, but thousands of lives can be saved with proven technology and strong safety laws now. Let’s get to work.

2018 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws

Advocates is hopeful that in the long term driverless cars will be the catalyst for eliminating crash deaths and injuries. In the near term, adopting comprehensive safety laws and using proven roadway and in-vehicle technologies are the safest and surest route to addressing this major public health epidemic.

2017 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws

Data from the U.S. DOT shows second year of alarming increases in traffic fatalities. Yet, effective safety remedies to save lives and prevent injuries are ignored in state capitals across the country — “Have We Forgotten What Saves Lives?”

2016 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws

Traffic fatalities are on the rise and state legislatures are missing in action. Last year, the fewest number of states passed critical highway safety laws since Advocates’ first Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws was published in 2004. It’s time for state leaders to get to work.

2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws

This year’s Roadmap Report puts the spotlight on “Lethal Loopholes” in state highway safety laws — resulting in unprotected drivers and passengers and leading to preventable deaths, injuries and costs. By closing these lethal loopholes we can save more lives.

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2014 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws

While 2012 highway deaths are up, state legislative action is down. 11th annual Roadmap Report highlights dangerous gaps in state traffic safety laws.

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2013 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws

A major surface transportation authorization bill passed by Congress last summer and signed into law by President Obama on July 6, 2012 includes several important provisions to improve the safety of vehicles, drivers and roads. In particular, new incentive grant programs were established to encourage state enactment of comprehensive teen driver licensing laws, ignition interlock laws for all impaired driving offenders, distracted driving laws and occupant protection programs.

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