U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration has published a plan that highlights the agency’s priorities
related to highway safety.
plan is organized along several broad categories: light vehicle crash
prevention and occupant protection; incompatibility between passenger cars and
light trucks; heavy truck safety; and protection for children, the disabled and
2003-2004, NHTSA will focus on side crash protection, occupant ejection
prevention in rollover crashes, roof crush resistance, glare from headlamps,
rear seat center position safety belts, improved crash test dummies, head
restraints and fuel system integrity.
2005-2006, the agency will look at rules related to crashes between passenger
cars and light trucks, electronic stability control, roadway departure
collision avoidance systems and driver distraction.
is time to acknowledge that history is calling us to another important task.
It is the battle to stop the deaths and injuries on our roads
and highways,” U.S.
Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta said. "The Bush administration
is committed to improving safety on our highways – safety is our highest
transportation priority. This priority plan and the initiatives we proposed in
our surface transportation reauthorization legislation respond to that call.”
The plan can be found on NHTSA’s Web site at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/rulings.