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In the near future, the U.S. should be able to prevent thousands of deaths on the roads and highways. The Department of Transportation has proposed a Road to Zero — the elimination of motor-vehicle fatalities by 2030. In fact, we already know how to move toward that goal.

More people are dying on the road - a lot more. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that road fatalities spiked 10.4 percent in the first half of the year. Part of the problem is that people are driving more. But the 3.3 percent increase in miles traveled cannot explain the whole rise in road deaths.