• June 27th, 2016

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) chief Mark Rosekind assured lawmakers in a recent letter that the agency is taking a series of steps to decrease the number of alcohol-impaired motorists who get behind the wheel.

“Safety on our roads must remain a top priority,” the lawmakers said. “Prompt action by NHTSA to implement FAST Act safety provisions would help reduce fatalities in relation to impaired and distracted driving.”

Alcohol-impaired driving resulted in nearly 10,000 deaths in 2014 and took a $44 billion economic toll. There was also a 9.3 percent increase in highway crash fatalities during the first nine months of 2015 compared to the previous year, which stepped up pressure on lawmakers to include a number of safety provisions in the transportation bill.