The nighttime safety of drivers and passengers on Tennessee’s highways could soon be greatly improved thanks to a new research project through the Center for Transportation Research at UT.
The high number of injuries and deaths from traffic incidents prompted agencies such as the World Health Organization and the United Nations to recognize their epidemic proportion.
Having been labeled as such allowed the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to come into play, leading to a competition to select a team that would lead the efforts to improve nighttime seat belt usage.
UT’s team—led by Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Shashi Nambisan and CTR Transportation Research Director Jerry Everett—won, and is now being supported by the CDC with a $1.2 million grant paid over three years.
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