(12) - Examples of auto industry manipulation of “road safety”....


In 1923, C. W. Price, former head of the national safety council argued that the industry should be more involved in shaping public thinking about road safety...he emphasized that “the whole problem of public safety is still in the formative stage, awaiting the leadership of some group of interests - such as the automobile industries - having more invested capital, wider contacts, greater influence, and more aggressiveness then has thus far been available to the movement” Price acknowledged that there were sound economic reasons for the industry to take over the safety movement: a public reaction against the use of automobiles had set in because of the increasing death toll.
Stan Luger - Corporate Power, American Democracy, and the Automobile Industry


The Automobile manufacturers association formed “The Automobile Safety Foundation (ASF) to carry forward the industries position. The narrow solution it fashioned to the safety problem was guided by the “classic three” - Education, Engineering, and Enforcement.....Hoffmans recommendations conveniently overlooked the role of the vehicle itself, something he admitted years later was a conscious move to avoid harming sales.
Stan Luger - Corporate Power, American Democracy, and the Automobile Industry


“I served as a department representative on the body for a year before learning that the executive director was neither chosen (n)or paid by the federal government, but rather by the industry. This man presided over the expenditure of public funds,....and generally disported himself as the head traffic safety man in government although, in fact he was a paid agent of the interests he ought at least to have been keeping an eye on.”
Daniel Patrick Moynihan referring to his time with the Presidents Committee On Traffic Safety.


“The ways in which the central issue is avoided are so many and varied, their surrounding ideological fog so dense, and the weakness and diversity of the groups suffering from car hegemony so pronounced, that only a radical break from the “road safety” paradigm will do.”
Robert Davis, Death On The Streets.

Until the road safety industry is split from the automobile industry and address’s the danger at source, it will in effect be little more then a political cover for the automobile industry. This is not to say that many people involved in road safety are not genuine but unfortunately that makes little difference. Every year the industry claims to have made our public spaces a little safer and every year the reality tells a different story. After decades of “road safety”  many roads have gradually been abandoned by vulnerable road users who know them to be death traps.