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  • NHTSA says 2020 Fatality Data Show Increased Traffic Fatalities During Pandemic

    NHTSA says 2020 Fatality Data Show Increased Traffic Fatalities During Pandemic

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 2020 Fatality Data Show Increased Traffic Fatalities During Pandemic | site |



    Risky Driving Behaviors Including Failure to Wear a Seatbelt, Speeding, and Drinking While Driving Identified as Contributing Factors


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: June 3, 2021)

    June 3, 2021 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today released preliminary estimates of crash fatalities in 2020 involving motor vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, and people walking and biking. Alongside the release of the 2020 fatality projections, Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities in 2020, the agency issued two special reports, Early Estimates of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities and Fatality Rate by Sub-Categories in 2020, and Update to Special Reports
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  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Launches Influencer Campaign to Educate Drivers on Safety Features

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Launches Influencer Campaign to Educate Drivers on Safety Features | site |


    Digital Partnership with Jason Fenske Explains New Vehicle Technologies


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: May 17, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation today launched a new series of safety videos featuring Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained, demonstrating for the public the potential lifesaving benefits of several advanced driver assistance systems available in many new vehicles. “Understanding what advanced driver assistance technologies can and cannot do for the driver is critical to everyone’s safety,” said Dr. Steven Cliff, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Acting Administrator. “We’re providing the driving public with knowledge about the safety benefits of these technologies....
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  • National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Seeks Comment on Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles

    National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Seeks Comment on Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles | site |



    (Information contained in National Highway Transportation Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: January 8, 2021)


    January 8, 2021 | Washington, DC - - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking public comment on the draft Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles (2020 Best Practices) it submitted to the Federal Register for publication today. This is an update to the existing best practices document that was published in 2016, and describes NHTSA’s nonbinding guidance to the automotive industry for improving vehicle cybersecurity for safety. “Vehicle cybersecurity has high stakes,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Owens. “The safety and security of everyone on our roads depend on it. We have learned a great deal in the past...
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  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Consumer Alert - - - Changes to Odometer Disclosure Requirements

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Consumer Alert: Changes to Odometer Disclosure Requirements | site |



    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release: December 22, 2020)

    December 22, 2020 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reminding consumers that, starting January 1, 2021, odometer disclosures will be required for every transfer of ownership for the first 20 years, beginning with Model Year 2011 vehicles. Model Year 2010 and older vehicles will continue to be subject to the previous 10-year disclosure requirements and thus are exempt from extended Federal odometer disclosure requirements. The U.S. fleet of vehicles is, on average, older than ever, and NHTSA finalized this rule late last year to address an increase in odometer fraud involving older vehicles. Model Year 2011 or newer vehicles will ...
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  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Releases 2019 Crash Fatality Data

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Releases 2019 Crash Fatality Data

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Releases 2019 Crash Fatality Data | site |



    2019 Showed Significant Improvements in Traffic Safety, Including the Lowest Percentage of Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities on Record


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: December 18, 2020)

    December 18, 2020 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today released its annual 2019 traffic fatality data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

    Traffic deaths decreased nationwide during 2019 as compared to 2018, and alcohol-impaired driving fatalities decreased to the lowest percentage since 1982, when NHTSA started reporting alcohol data. There were 36,096 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2019. This represents a decrease of 739 (down 2%) from the reported 36,835 fatalities
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  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces First Marine Highway Project Designation for North Carolina

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces First Marine Highway Project Designation for North Carolina | site |



    October 22, 2020) - - Today, October 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information: WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today announced the designation of the North Carolina Ferry System (NCFS) as a Marine Highway Project, a first for the state of North Carolina. Marine highways are navigable waterways that can be used as alternate options to traditional transportation methods. “This historic designation will enhance the ability of the North Carolina Ferry System to connect communities and promote economic growth with an efficient, effective, and sustainable water-based transportation option,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. Issued as part of MARAD’s America’s Marine Highway Program, the designation will enable the NCFS to apply for federa...
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  • U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces Safety Enhancements for Highway-Rail Grade Crossings

    U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces Safety Enhancements for Highway-Rail Grade Crossings | site |



    (December 2, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information: WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today announced significant plans to advance highway-rail grade crossing safety. The announcement comes as the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) hosted a grade-crossing safety summit, with remarks from FRA Administrator Ron Batory, Acting Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Steve Bradbury, and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Deputy Administrator Mala Parker. “The Department is committed to supporting infrastructure improvements, new communications tools, and working to change driver behavior so that highway-rail grade crossings are safe environments for all transportation users,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. Underscoring the Departme...
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  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Urges Motorists to Drive Safely Near School Zones and Bus Stops

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Urges Motorists to Drive Safely Near School Zones and Bus Stops





    Washington, DC - - (November 2, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging motorists to exercise caution and follow State laws when approaching a school bus or school crossing. Following a string of recent tragedies in Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky, NHTSA is calling on the public and media to help educate communities on ways to reduce incidents of stop-arm violations and ensure all students arrive to and from school safely.

    NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King today issued a video message addressing recent accidents at school bus stops and urging motorists to do their part to keep children safe.






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  • National Transportation Safety Board says Highway Deaths Account for 95 Percent of all Transportation Fatalities in 2017

    Highway Deaths Account for 95 Percent of all Transportation Fatalities in 2017



    (November 1, 2018) - - Highway crashes claimed the lives of 37,133 people in 2017, accounting for 95 percent of the 38,958 who died in transportation related accidents that year, according to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The data indicate 712 fewer people died in transportation accidents in 2017, compared to the 39,670 who died in 2016. Aviation, marine and highway deaths decreased while rail and pipeline fatalities increased. Rail experienced the largest increase with 58 more deaths in 2017 than the 703 fatalities in 2016. While 673 fewer people died in highway crashes in 2017 compared to 2016, highway fatalities continued to represent 95 percent of all transportation fatalities....
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Issues Statement on Safety Value of 5.9 GHz Spectrum

    U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Issues Statement on Safety Value of 5.9 GHz Spectrum



    Washington, DC - - (October 24, 2018) - - Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published the following statement: "Preserving the 5.9 GHz band for transportation communications is essential to public safety today and in the future. The automotive industry and municipalities are already deploying V2X technology and actively utilizing all seven channels of the 5.9 GHz band. There are more than 70 active deployments of V2X communications with thousands of vehicles already on the road. This technology has the potential to improve infrastructure, safety and efficiency as the Department works to make road travel and future transportation significantly safer. As noted in the Department’s recent AV 3.0 guidance, the three-phase researc...
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  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues Statement about New Car Assessment Program's Highest Rating

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues Statement about New Car Assessment Program's Highest Rating




    Washington, DC - - (October 9, 2018) - - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) – known as the 5-Star Safety Ratings Program – provides consumers with information about the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles beyond what is required by Federal law. NCAP conducts a total of three crash tests on new vehicles: one frontal and two side crash tests, as well as a rollover resistance assessment – a driving maneuver test that assesses a vehicle’s susceptibility to tipping up and a measurement of how top-heavy a vehicle is. Results from these three crash tests and the rollover resistance assessments are weighted and combined into an overall safety rating. A 5-star rating is the highest safety rating a vehicle...
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  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Directs Driverless Shuttle to Stop Transporting School Children in Florida

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Directs Driverless Shuttle to Stop Transporting School Children in Florida




    Washington, DC - - (October 19, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a letter directing Transdev North America to immediately stop transporting school children in the Babcock Ranch community in Southwest Florida on the EZ10 Generation II driverless shuttle. Transdev’s use of the driverless shuttle to transport school children is unlawful and in violation of the company’s temporary importation authorization. NHTSA’s action aligns with the Department’s guidance related to automated vehicles, as most recently outlined in Automated Vehicles 3.0: Preparing for the Future of Transportation . "Innovation must not come at the risk of public safety," said Heidi King, NHTSA Deputy Administrator. "Using a no...
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  • National Transportation Safety Board Opens Public Docket for Concan, Texas Highway Crash Investigation

    National Transportation Safety Board Opens Public Docket for Concan, Texas Highway Crash Investigation

    Editor's note: The National Transportation Safety Board published the following information:


    Washington, DC - - (October 3, 2018) - - The National Transportation Safety Board opened the public docket Wednesday for the March 29, 2017, crash involving a pick-up truck and a 13-passenger bus near Concan, Texas. The crash occurred when a pick-up truck traveling north on U.S. 83 crossed the double, solid-yellow centerline, entered the southbound lane, and collided with the bus. The bus driver and 12 of the 13 passengers were killed. The truck driver and one of the bus passengers suffered serious injuries. Among the more than 800 pages of information in the docket are interviews with the surviving bus passenger, the truck driver, and witnesses who recorded a 14-minute video of the motion of
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  • Federal Highway Administration Urges Drivers to Protect Highway Workers

    Federal Highway Administration Urges Drivers to Protect Highway Workers

    Federal Highway Administration Urges Drivers to Protect Highway Workers


    “National Work Zone Awareness Week” to Highlight Increase in Work Zone Fatalities for Third Year in a Row



    Chicago, IL- - (April 10, 2018) - - Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) officials joined Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Randy Blankenhorn and others to kick off “National Work Zone Awareness Week,” an annual effort to urge the public to protect highway workers by driving carefully through work zones on roads and bridges. “Highway workers are our family members, our friends, and our neighbors,” said Acting Federal Highway Administrator Brandye L. Hendrickson. “Each of them matters, and their safety matters. As you drive, remember, work zone safety is everybody’s responsibility.” Overall roadway fatalities increased in 2016, and work zone fatalities also in
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    NHTSA says 2020 Fatality Data Show Increased Traffic Fatalities During Pandemic
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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 2020 Fatality Data Show Increased Traffic Fatalities During Pandemic | site |



    Risky Driving Behaviors Including Failure to Wear a Seatbelt, Speeding, and Drinking While Driving Identified as Contributing Factors


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: June 3, 2021)

    June 3, 2021 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today released preliminary estimates of crash fatalities in 2020 involving motor vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, and people walking and biking. Alongside the release of the 2020 fatality projections, Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities in 2020, the agency issued two special reports, Early Estimates of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities and Fatality Rate by Sub-Categories in 2020, and Update to Special Reports
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    06-23-2021, 10:17 AM
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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Launches Influencer Campaign to Educate Drivers on Safety Features
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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Launches Influencer Campaign to Educate Drivers on Safety Features | site |


    Digital Partnership with Jason Fenske Explains New Vehicle Technologies


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: May 17, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation today launched a new series of safety videos featuring Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained, demonstrating for the public the potential lifesaving benefits of several advanced driver assistance systems available in many new vehicles. “Understanding what advanced driver assistance technologies can and cannot do for the driver is critical to everyone’s safety,” said Dr. Steven Cliff, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Acting Administrator. “We’re providing the driving public with knowledge about the safety benefits of these technologies....
    05-19-2021, 01:31 AM
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    National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Seeks Comment on Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles
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    National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Seeks Comment on Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles | site |



    (Information contained in National Highway Transportation Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: January 8, 2021)


    January 8, 2021 | Washington, DC - - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking public comment on the draft Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles (2020 Best Practices) it submitted to the Federal Register for publication today. This is an update to the existing best practices document that was published in 2016, and describes NHTSA’s nonbinding guidance to the automotive industry for improving vehicle cybersecurity for safety. “Vehicle cybersecurity has high stakes,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Owens. “The safety and security of everyone on our roads depend on it. We have learned a great deal in the past...
    01-09-2021, 09:37 PM
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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Consumer Alert - - - Changes to Odometer Disclosure Requirements
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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Consumer Alert: Changes to Odometer Disclosure Requirements | site |



    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release: December 22, 2020)

    December 22, 2020 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reminding consumers that, starting January 1, 2021, odometer disclosures will be required for every transfer of ownership for the first 20 years, beginning with Model Year 2011 vehicles. Model Year 2010 and older vehicles will continue to be subject to the previous 10-year disclosure requirements and thus are exempt from extended Federal odometer disclosure requirements. The U.S. fleet of vehicles is, on average, older than ever, and NHTSA finalized this rule late last year to address an increase in odometer fraud involving older vehicles. Model Year 2011 or newer vehicles will ...
    12-30-2020, 12:17 AM
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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Releases 2019 Crash Fatality Data
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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Releases 2019 Crash Fatality Data | site |



    2019 Showed Significant Improvements in Traffic Safety, Including the Lowest Percentage of Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities on Record


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: December 18, 2020)

    December 18, 2020 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today released its annual 2019 traffic fatality data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

    Traffic deaths decreased nationwide during 2019 as compared to 2018, and alcohol-impaired driving fatalities decreased to the lowest percentage since 1982, when NHTSA started reporting alcohol data. There were 36,096 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2019. This represents a decrease of 739 (down 2%) from the reported 36,835 fatalities
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    12-29-2020, 12:22 AM

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