The Dramatic Failure of U.S. Traffic Safety Policy

Thursday, February 9, 2006 - 3:00pm

About the Event

In the 1960s, the United States had the safest traffic in the world, as measured by traffic fatalities per thousand vehicles. We're now in 16th place and still sinking. If our traffic fatality rate had declined as it has in Canada, Great Britain, and Australia (and other countries), says Leonard Evans, president of Science Serving Society, "we would now be killing 15,000 fewer people on our roads every year." Evans notes that these countries do not reflect any "gold standard" and have their own safety deficiencies.

At the CTS Winter Luncheon on Thursday, February 9, Evans will address the factors that led to the "uniquely" U.S. failure of traffic safety policy—and the lack of recognition that it is indeed a dramatic failure.

The talk, sponsored by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute at CTS, will include observations from his years with General Motors and technical material from his 2004 book, Traffic Safety.


Leonard Evans — President, Science Serving Society

Evans is an internationally known traffic safety expert. He has a doctorate in physics from Oxford University, England, and is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. In 2000 he formed Science Serving Society, a one-man informal organization, to facilitate ongoing professional activities after completing a 33-year research career with General Motors Corporation. Most of his more than 150 publications, which appear in 41 different technical journals, document traffic safety research. For this he has received most of the world's traffic safety research honors and awards. His 2004 book, Traffic Safety, follows his 1991 book, Traffic Safety and the Drive.

For more about Evans, please visit Science Serving Society.