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Government sets goal for reaching zero traffic deaths

Georgia drivers might be interested in learning that the federal government has set a goal to reduce motor accident fatality rates to zero within 30 years. The initiative was announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation on Oct. 5.

According to the agency, the initial focus will be on reducing drunk and distracted driving, encouraging seat belt use and installing rumble strips. The agency said that its zero-fatality goal is reachable thanks in part to the eventual advent of self-driving cars. Vehicles that are fully autonomous may eliminate human error, which the Department of Transportation reports causes 94 percent of accidents.

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