A National Perspective on Current Highway Safety Issues

Wednesday, February 18, 2004 - 11:45am

About the Event

Last year, nearly 2 million people were injured, and over 38,000 killed, in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. Are we making progress in reducing the number of motor vehicle injuries that occur on our roads? And how do our results compare to those of other countries? Allan F. Williams, Ph.D., chief scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, addressed these questions and others at the Center for Transportation Studies' winter luncheon, held February 18, 2004, at the Radisson Metrodome Hotel, Minneapolis.

In "A National Perspective on Current Highway Safety Issues," Dr. Williams discussed current statistics, research, and issues regarding seat belt use, alcohol-impaired driving, young drivers, older drivers, urban crashes, motorcycles, and other key topics in terms of improving highway safety. According to Williams, the United States is making progress in some of these areas, but in others, progress has stalled-or is headed in the wrong direction. During his presentation, Williams made his recommendations for furthering the goal of reducing motor vehicle injuries.


Dr. Williams has a doctorate in social psychology from Harvard University and has published more than 250 scientific papers on topics that include drugs and driving, seat belt use, and preventing motor vehicle deaths and injuries among teenagers and children. He received a Widmark Award from the International Council on Alcohol, Other Drugs and Traffic Safety in 1997 and a Public Service Award from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2002.