In various aspects of life, goal setting can be measurably beneficial. Let's hope that a goal set by the U.S. government recently will actually result in measurable safety improvements here in North Carolina and the rest of the U.S.
Last week, the Transportation Department presented an official 30-year plan to drastically improve traffic safety in this country. The goal is lofty: 30 years from now, let's prevent any injuries from happening as a result of motor vehicle accidents.
Think that is a real possibility? Even if it is a difficult goal to achieve, it is an admirable one. Supporters of the 30-year plan address how the self-driving car could be a game-changer for reducing car accidents within this time frame.
Already, driverless cars are on roads in limited quantities. But they are a reality and could be seen in greater numbers in the near future. Some who believe in the 30-year road safety plan see the self-driving vehicles as the hope that will deliver significantly safer roads.
Studies show that more than 90 percent of car accidents are the result of human error. If humans aren't operating vehicles as much in the next 30 years, logic would suggest that the rate of accidents would go down drastically.
Still, there are unknowns regarding the new kind of driverless vehicles. Surely, they could present their own unique dangers to North Carolina roadways and the U.S. overall. Do you think more self-driving vehicles on the roads will improve safety? Why or why not?
How do you believe this 30-year road safety goal could best be achieved? Are there certain driver safety issues that you believe put you and other motorists in danger that could more effectively be prevented?