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Posted by DOT Public Affairs

With Thanksgiving only a week away, Americans are in the midst of one of the busiest travel weeks of the year.  As millions of passengers take to the skies, DOT is here to help make their trips as smooth as possible.

Today, DOT rolled out the first phase of an effort to redesign its airline consumer website to better help air travelers understand their rights.  The improved design and streamlined pages will help consumers access needed information before, during, and after their flights now that the busy holiday...

Continue Reading Celebrating the 50th Annual Secretary’s Awards Ceremony

Posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Don’t forget to fall back this Sunday, November 5 at 2 a.m., as Daylight Saving Time ends. This is a wonderful time of year to check off a few other housekeeping details, including checking your smoke detector batteries and taking a moment to check for vehicle safety recalls. Adding this to your spring and fall safety routines keeps you and your family safe all year long. You can also take the opportunity to check for safety recalls for child car seats and tires. To see a list of open recalls, visit NHTSA.gov/Recalls.

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Continue Reading Fall Back, then Check for Vehicle Recalls

Posted by Acting Federal Highway Administrator Brandye L. Hendrickson

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and many people throughout the FHWA and across the nation wore pink on Friday to raise awareness and to remember those affected.

Group of FHWA employees wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Earlier this month, the American Cancer Society reported that breast cancer death rates fell almost 40 percent over the last 25 years. Researchers attribute this to screening and early detection by self-exams, mammography and improvements...

Continue Reading FHWA Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Office of Public Affairs

With the arrival of Halloween and the end of Daylight Saving Time, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reminding Americans to drive safely, keep an eye out for trick-or-treaters, and never drink and drive. As the clocks turn back the weekend of November 5, drivers and pedestrians should also be aware of the safety challenges that occur during the shorter days of fall and winter. 

Children dressed up for Halloween on Front porch

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Continue Reading Tis the Season to Drive with focus, avoid the Safety Hocus Pocus

Posted by Secretary Elaine L. Chao

This past month has been extraordinarily challenging for our fellow citizens in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) and Puerto Rico, as two extremely powerful hurricanes caused loss of life and extensive damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure.

Impassable road in Puerto Rico

Today I accompanied Vice President Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence to Puerto Rico and St. Croix and surveyed the damage in St. Thomas and St. John by helicopter.  We met with local government officials, civic leaders and residents...

Continue Reading Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico

Posted by the Office of Public Affairs

The Secretary was the keynote speaker celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Seafarers International Union’s Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education at Piney Point, MD, which provides entry level and advanced training for seafarers.  She also delivered remarks at the Annual Convention of the Seafarers International Union of North America.  

Secretary Chao meets with ship operators, SIU

Secretary Chao noted the...

Continue Reading Secretary Chao Meets with SIU and Ship Operators on Hurricane Relief

Posted by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Young artists - get ready to show off your talent! Federal Motor Carrier Administration's (FMCSA) 2017 Road Safety Art Contest encourages children to use their creativity and artistic skills to raise awareness on how everyone – including large trucks and buses, cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians – plays important roles in keeping our roads safe.

Road Safety Art Contest Poster

The contest is open to all students in kindergarten through sixth grade....

Continue Reading Kids' Art Contest Highlights Road Safety

Posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Your child’s safety comes first. That’s why one of the first things you did was buy a car seat. You know that car seats protect kids. In fact, in passenger cars, car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers.

But did you know that many car seats aren’t used properly? If you’ve ever wrestled with a car seat, you know it’s not easy. Call in the pros: Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians. During Child Passenger Safety Week, certified technicians will be in your community helping parents protect kids by ensuring their...

Continue Reading Protect Your Kids on the Road

Posted by US Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao

At USDOT, our hearts have been heavy with concern for everyone affected by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey.  Many of our colleagues live in the affected areas and many more have been worried about loved ones who do.  So we are connected to these communities along the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast not just through our professional responsibilities, but also in deeply personal respects.    

On Labor Day, at 8:14 a.m., I received an e-mail containing the USDOT Crisis Management Center’s (CMC) Hurricane Harvey Executive Summary #21.  Two minutes later,...

Continue Reading A Message From Secretary Chao on Hurricane Irma

Posted by U.S. Department of Transportation

Many of America’s leading companies are exploring one of the most exciting innovations in recent transportation history—automated driving systems (ADS)—commonly referred to as automated or self-driving vehicles.

At DOT, we’re excited about the possibility of automated vehicles delivering a future that is safer, freer, and more efficient. That’s why, this week, we released Automated Driving Systems: A Vision for Safety. It’s a non-regulatory approach to promote the safe testing...

Continue Reading A Vision for Safety: Safer Roads through Vehicle Automation