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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.”

Updated: Friday, August 3, 2018

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 deaths per 100 VMT - a 2.6 percent increase from the previous year.

Updated: Friday, October 6, 2017

Buckle Up Every Trip, Every Time

With endless new vehicle safety technologies coming to market, one safety technology remains a constant in every vehicle: the seat belt. This basic foundation of safer driving saved 13,941 lives in 2015, alone. However, 2,804 additional lives could have been saved if everyone had buckled up. That’s why NHTSA remains committed to convincing every American to always buckle up—every trip, every time.

Between 1960 and 2012, seat belts saved 329,715 lives, more than all other vehicle technologies combined. Thanks to a combination of the enforcement of seat belt laws and public awareness campaigns, seat belt use reached a record high of 90 percent in 2016, up from about 83 percent a decade ago. That’s progress—but it also means that, every day, millions of people put their lives at risk needlessly because they don’t buckle up.

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U.S. DOT Issues Federal Guidance to the Automotive Industry for Improving Motor Vehicle Cybersecurity

Guidance covers cybersecurity best practices for all motor vehicles, individuals and organizations manufacturing and designing vehicle systems and software

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is taking a proactive safety approach to protect vehicles from malicious cyber-attacks and unauthorized access by releasing proposed guidance for improving motor vehicle cybersecurity.

Updated: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

NHTSA highlights seat belts and car seats during Child Passenger Safety Week

Child Passenger Safety Week – Sept. 18-24 – highlights the importance of buckling kids up, and National Seat Check Saturday helps parents make sure they are used correctly


WASHINGTON – As Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 18-24) kicks off, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging the public to make sure children are properly buckled up in the correct car seat for their size and age.

Updated: Monday, September 19, 2016

Motorists Reminded to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” this Labor Day


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Safety Administration is warning all motorists traveling during the Labor Day holiday to ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’.  Through September 5th, advertisements will appear nationwide and law enforcement agencies across the country will be on patrol to protect the public from impaired drivers.

Updated: Thursday, September 1, 2016


Requirement could save lives and more than $1 billion in fuel each year           

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced today that the Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) propose equipping heavy-duty vehicles with devices that limit their speeds on U.S. roadways, and requiring those devices be set to a maximum speed, a safety measure that could save lives and more than $1 billion in fuel costs each year.

Updated: Friday, August 26, 2016
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