The National Safety Council has released it's first-ever "Road to Zero" report. It's their vision for achieving zero deaths on roadways by 2050. National Safety Council President Deborah Hersman says they have assembled a huge coalition to fight against roadway deaths.

 “In this report it’s the first time we’ve had over 650 organizations join the Road To Zero Coalition and were really aligning around what it will take to get to zero,” said Deborah Hersman-President and CEO of The National Safety Council.

She adds that technology has helped bring down some of the statistics on roadway deaths. That coupled with tighter laws also help.

“States across the country have implemented laws that have brought down deaths. But it’s a patchwork system and we need to do a better, more consistent, way to get to zero,” said Hersman.

But here in Louisiana the road deaths are increasing.

“In Louisiana fatality rates are really going in the wrong direction. But the good news is you’ve implemented laws like no texting which will help,” said Hersman.

Nearly 40,000 people die each year on our nation’s public roads. Road crashes are the leading cause of death for people 15 to 24.