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How U.S. road safety can improve with governors' help

State governors have a key role to play in the improvement of road conditions in Connecticut and across America. This is the position of a report from the National Governors Association. The purpose of the report is to provide governors with concrete strategies and recommendations that they can use when pushing for safety improvements in their states.

First, governors can coordinate efforts between the various agencies in their state, such as the highway safety offices. When these agencies can communicate their proposals to each other under the governor's leadership, they could come to a faster consensus on how to move forward. The governor should also look into existing efforts and, using the policy development tools provided in the report, work towards strengthening them. The report is titled a "road map" and can be used as a whole or in part, depending on the unique needs of each state. With governors at the helm, the NGA hopes that safety conditions could be improved to the point that no traffic fatalities ever occur.

The NGA continues to work with the Governors Highway Safety Association, an agency that contributed to the development of the report. It is a crucial document, considering how traffic fatality rates have been increasing in recent years. 2016 saw a total of 37,461 traffic deaths, a greater than 5 percent increase from the prior year.

People who have been injured in a motor vehicle crash caused by the negligence of another driver often face months of expensive medical care. They might find it advisable to have legal help when seeking compensation for the losses that they have incurred.

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