This week, in 1966, Congress passed the Highway Safety Act. This significant piece of legislation ushered in the creation of the National Highway Safety Bureau, which would later become the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Throughout the 1960’s, motor accidents were becoming the leading cause of deaths among adult Americans. In 1965 alone, 49,000 Americans died in motor accidents.
The Highway Safety Act of 1966 allowed lawmakers to make improvements to both vehicle and highway design in order to improve safety. Countless safety features in vehicles became commonplace due to the Act, such as: headrests, seat belts, and strong, shatter-resistant windshields. Highways were improved as well, with the addition of reflectors, breakaway signs, barriers, and guardrails making highway driving safer.
Changes in driving laws and safety standards brought many changes to the road and automobile manufacturing. Over the course of the next several years, the changes were recognized to have a serious positive impact for driver’s safety. The rate of fatal accidents decreased.
Without this significant piece of legislation, we would not have the standards for auto glass safety that we do today. Several Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards created specifications for the transparency of auto glass, windshield mounting standards, and the length of permissible penetration in windshields.
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