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Support for the Administration’s Joint Proposal to Set New, More Appropriate Vehicle Fuel Economy and CO2 Standards to Save Lives, Restore Consumer Choice and Improve the Economy

Detroit Free Press:“Saying those existing standards have helped push the cost of new vehicle to an average of $35,000 or more — and that they could add as much as $2,340 to the cost of a new car — the Trump administration has argued that those standards are no longer feasible or appropriate and that protecting the environment and health from emissions is better achieved by freezing standards.”South Dakota Senator John Thune, Chairman, Senate...

USDOT Releases 2016 Fatal Traffic Crash Data

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released fatal traffic crash data for calendar year 2016. According to NHTSA data, which was collected from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6 percent from calendar year 2015.The number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) on U.S. roads in 2016 increased by 2.2 percent, and resulted in a fatality rate of 1.18...

U.S. DOT Launches New Railroad Crossing Safety Ad

$7 million digital, TV and radio campaign targets group at highest risk  
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today launched the “Stop! Trains Can’t” ad targeting young male motorists and encouraging them to act cautiously at railroad crossings. The campaign is the latest in a two-year effort by DOT to reduce accidents and fatalities at railroad crossings around the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and...

Seat Belt Use in U.S. Reaches Historic 90 Percent

 Lives saved estimated at nearly 345,000 since 1975WASHINGTON – Seat belt use in the United States has reached its highest level since the Federal government began regular national surveys in 1994, according to a study released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).“The best way folks can protect themselves in their cars is by wearing a seat belt,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Whether you’re a driver or...

NHTSA Sets “Quiet Car” Safety Standard to Protect Pedestrians

New requirement of audible alert will help prevent 2,400 pedestrian injuries a year
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today announced that it is adding a sound requirement for all newly manufactured hybrid and electric light-duty vehicles to help protect pedestrians. The new federal safety standard will help...

News Digest - NHTSA 29-16

U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration Take Steps to Implement Next Generation 911 Grant Program. The 911 Implementation Coordination Office (ICO) is announcing that funding for the 911, E911, and Next Generation 911 Implementation Grants has been received from the Public Safety Trust Fund, and work has begun to draft the grant...

U.S. DOT and Safety Partners Highlight Teen Driver Safety Week Events

Officials hold events across country to address teen driver safety and toremind parents of “5 to Drive” safety principles for young drivers
WASHINGTON—Traffic deaths in the first half of 2016 are still going up, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging parents and teens to take essential steps to prevent accidents during National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 16-22). NHTSA’s...