The annual societal cost of traffic crashes is $299.5 billion, more than three times the $97.7 billion cost of congestion, according to a report from AAA, “Crashes vs. Congestion – What’s the Cost to Society?” The report highlights the overwhelming and far-reaching economic impacts traffic safety crashes have on our nation and encourages policymakers at all levels of government to ensure safety is a top priority.
AAA is not saying traffic congestion is not a problem, but when rebuilding the nation’s crumbling transportation infrastructure, much more attention needs to focus on the impact of traffic safety on our communities. Resources need to be dedicated to safety improvements as a top economic and quality of life concern as well. AAA continues to advocate for a comprehensive, multi-year transportation bill that is focused on results, ensures adequate funding and makes safety a key national priority in order to Make America Stronger.
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