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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Protect Your Move Campaign aims to combat interstate household goods moving fraud by educating consumers on how to plan a successful move, and how to report if they have been victims of a moving scam.

If you are one of the more than 800,000 Americans estimated to hire a professional moving company this year, it is important that you understand the process, and know how to spot the “red flags” of moving fraud.

Moving fraud can be financially and emotionally draining. More than 4,100 moving fraud complaints were filed in 2017. The average loss claim against an unscrupulous mover is almost $8,000.

To learn more about the moving process, including gathering resources to help you select a mover, spot the “red flags” of moving fraud and file a complaint, visit www.protectyourmove.gov or call 1-888-DOT-SAFT (368-7238) to file a moving fraud complaint.

Protect Your Move campaign logo

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Transportation plays a vital role in the American economy. It makes economic activity possible, and serves as a major economic activity itself.  Beginning in May 2017, freight shipments reached record-high levels that exceeded the level of shipments in any month prior to 2017.  A strong indicator of a growing economy.

Measured by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ Freight  Transportation Services Index (TSI), freight shipments rose 6.1 percent from November 2016 through the early months of 2018. The total value of U.S.-international merchandise trade rose 37.6 percent from 2000 to 2016 when adjusted for inflation.  In 2016, the value was approximately $3.3 Trillion. U.S. trade with Canada and Mexico accounted for 29.3 percent (nearly $1.07 trillion) of the value of U.S.-international merchandise trade in 2016.

North American Freight Shipping numbers from 2015 to 2018 graphs

(Data based on the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) 2015 report and Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) February 2018 report) 

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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is mobilizing law enforcement officers nationwide to look out for drivers texting or using their phone behind the wheel. The ‘U Drive. U Text. U Pay.’ high-visibility enforcement campaign, now in its fifth year.

In 2016, new NHTSA data shows that at least 3,450 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers, including those who were texting and driving. Key statistical findings in NHTSA’s new 2016 Distracted Driving Research Note and Teen Distracted Driver Fact Sheet include:

To prevent tragedies due to distracted driving, motorists are urged to:

  • Turn off electronic devices and put them out of reach before starting to drive.
  • Be good role models for young drivers and set a good example. Talk with your teens about responsible driving.
  • Speak up when you are a passenger and your driver uses an electronic device while driving. Offer to make the call for the driver, so his or her full attention stays on the driving task.
  • Always wear your seat belt. Seat belts are the best defense against unsafe drivers.

All pedestrians and bicyclists should focus on their surroundings and not on their electronic devices.  Learn more here.

Five Seconds are the average time your eyes are off the road while texting.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration recognizes April 9-13 as National Work Zone Awareness Week. 

This year’s theme: "Work Zone Safety: Everybody's Responsibility’ is part of a concerted effort at the state level to educate drivers about the need to drive safely around road work zones.  The Federal Highway Administration’s Work Zone Management Program is also working all year round to provide transportation practitioners with assistance for planning, designing, and implementing safer work zones.    

Nearly 800 people were killed and tens of thousands injured in road work zones in 2016.  Most of these fatalities were drivers and passengers. Approximately 15-20% of road work zone crashes involve non-motorists – pedestrians and bicyclists. 

In all cases, these crashes are unacceptable and preventable. The national significance of this important safety message is one for all of us at the USDOT, which is why U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao is reminding all the USDOT agencies that tomorrow Wednesday, April 11 is “Go Orange Day”. USDOT staff, roadway safety professionals and advocates across the country are encouraged to wear orange to show support for work zone safety!

Please help us support this important safety message by using the hashtags #Orange4Safety and #OrangeForSafety

National Work Zone Awareness Week Safety Poster

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recognizes April as National Safe Digging Month. Although excavation damage is the leading cause of serious pipeline incidents, it is easily preventable with one call (or click) to 8-1-1. Established in 2002, 8-1-1 is a national, toll-free one-call notification center system that has become the most effective way to combat excavation damage. It does this by connecting callers with a local one-call center which dispatches a locator to mark any underground utilities in your yard that could be damaged during digging projects. Practicing safe digging can prevent injury, pipeline damage and even death.

Before any digging or excavation project, please follow these important safety steps:

  • Call or click 8-1-1 at least 48-72 hours before any digging project.
  • Be sure to wait for desired locations to be marked before digging.
  • Once the excavation or digging site has been clearly marked, proceed to dig with caution to avoid injury or exposure to hazardous materials.

In recognition of National Safe Digging Month, PHMSA will continue to raise awareness about the importance of utilizing 8-1-1 through its annual poster and video contest for Elementary, Middle and High School students (applications are currently available). PHMSA stakeholders will also participate in outreach events nationwide promoting the importance of calling 8-1-1. Finally, PHMSA and other safe digging advocates will tweet about pipeline safety and damage prevention using #NSDM. Please be sure to visit www.phmsa.dot.gov or http://www.call811.com for more information about safe digging.

National Safe Digging Month consumer home project statistics

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