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Today is National Heatstroke Prevention Day. To help raise awareness and prevent the deaths of children in hot cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and many safety partners will dedicate their social media channels to sharing content on the importance of preventing vehicular heatstroke. Social posts, Instagram images, and tweets with the hashtags #HeatstrokeKills and #CheckForBaby will be available for partners to participate and distribute this critical message.

On average, one child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle nearly every 10 days in the United States. Since 1998, there have been 764 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths – including 29 already this year.

Please join us in sending a powerful, loud, and unified message to help save lives and prevent these tragedies from occurring.   

For more information visit: www.nhtsa.gov/heatstroke

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The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership announced the release of Economic Impacts of Maritime Shipping in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region, a year-long study of the economic impacts of the entire Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system. The study is a definitive and detailed report documenting the many contributions made by the Great Lakes Seaway system* to federal, state/provincial and local economies.

The study reports that in 2017 maritime commerce supported:

  • 237,868 jobs
  • $35 billion in economic activity
  • $14.2 billion in personal income and local consumption expenditures
  • $6.6 billion in federal, state/provincial and local tax revenue

    The study also highlights the specific economic benefits of key navigation infrastructure, such as the St. Lawrence Seaway locks and the Soo Locks. The study reports that in 2017:

  • 123,172 U.S. and Canadian jobs were dependent on the Soo Locks
  • 92,661 jobs were generated by cargo transiting the St. Lawrence Seaway locks

    The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway (comprised of the five Great Lakes – Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario – their connecting channels and the St. Lawrence River) serves the industrial and agricultural heartland of the US and Canada. If the region was its own country, it would be the 3rd largest economy in the world with a combined GDP of more than $6 trillion dollars.

    For more information visit: www.seaway.dot.gov

Saint Lawrence Economic Impact Study Numbers

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On average, one child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle nearly every 10 days in the United States. Since 1998, there have been 764 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths – including 24 already this year.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and its partners urges you to take action to help prevent more tragedies. Learn the facts about heatstroke and spread your knowledge via social media during NHTSA’s Heatstroke Awareness Challenge.

Parents and other caregivers must also understand when and how quickly heatstroke can happen. It doesn’t need to be a hot day; when the temperature outside is as low as 60 degrees, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach 110 degrees. If a child’s body temperature reaches 107 degrees, the child will die.

Now, take action: We’re asking everyone — the public, our coworkers and USDOT and NHTSA, and all of our friends and safety partners — to participate in the Heatstroke Awareness Challenge. To be a part of this lifesaving campaign.

  • Create a 15-to-30 second video about the dangers of heatstroke;
  • Share your video on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram;
  • Use the hashtags #HeatstrokeKills #CheckForBaby and tag @NHTSAgov or @USDOT to amplify the message.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) recently launched a safety challenge asking participants to come up with innovative ways to visualize data. The goal is to reveal insights into serious crashes on our roads and rail systems while improving our understanding of transportation safety.

Called Solving for Safety: Visualization Challenge, it was kicked off on June 14.  The challenge is open to individuals and teams (solvers) from the business and research communities, including technology companies, analytics firms, transportation carriers, industry associations, research institutions, universities, mapping and visualization providers. These groups can use their unique set of skills and creativity to step up and revolutionize transportation safety. Solvers will compete for cash prizes that will be awarded through a multi-stage process, with a total prize purse of $350,000.

For more information visit: www.transportation.gov/Solve4Safety.

Solving for Safety: Visualization Challenge

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The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY conducted its 82nd commencement exercises this past Saturday, June 16th graduating 187 new Merchant Marine and Military Officers in the class of 2018.

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point is one of five federal service academies. It prepares students for jobs in transportation and defense. In times of war or national emergency, Merchant Marine ships operate as an auxiliary unit to the Navy, delivering military troops, supplies and equipment overseas for U.S. forces and allies.  In 2017, these ships provided emergency relief to hurricane struck areas such as Houston, Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands.

These graduates will provide a vital role in filling the shortage of fully qualified, licensed mariners to crew commercial U.S. Merchant Marine vessels for our national defense. The Maritime Administration estimates that the nation is about 2,000 licensed mariners short for a full mobilization.

Each congressionally-nominated graduate received a Bachelor of Science Degree, an unlimited merchant marine officer license from the United States Coast Guard, and an Officer’s Commission in the U.S. Navy or another branch of the military. In exchange for their education each has the option of sailing as a Merchant Marine Officer while serving in the reserves of any branch of the U.S. military, or serving on active military duty.

Learn more about the role of the USMMA at https://www.usmma.edu/

Congratulations to these brave Midshipmen!

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy class of 2018 Graduates by Military Service Branch

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