As motor vehicle crashes remain the number one cause of teen fatalities, The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has marked this week, October 15-21, National Teen Driver Safety Week to urge parents and teens to take the essential steps to prevent accidents behind the wheel. Throughout the week, NHTSA and its many highway safety partners across the country will be encouraging you to get the facts and start the conversations- this week and every week – to talk with your teens and help keep them safe behind the wheel.  NHTSA’s 5 to Drive Campaign encourages safe driving behaviors in teen drivers. Let your young driver know that obeying the rules is a prerequisite for the privilege of driving.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation is committed to supporting the 86.3 million Americans living in rural areas.  The Department’s INFRA grant program will award at least 25% of funding to rural projects, and will consider rural projects to the greatest extent possible.  For rural communities in need of funding for highway and multimodal freight projects with national or regional economic significance, INFRA is an opportunity to apply directly for financial assistance from the federal government.  You can find out more at

Importance of Rural Transportation

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About every three hours in the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train. To raise awareness and improve safety, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration are recognizing September 24-30, 2017 as the first national Rail Safety Week. At the end of 2015, there were 129,582 public highway-rail grade crossings and 80,073 private crossings. Rail collisions are not only dangerous, they are often deadly. Combined, railroad crossing and trespasser deaths have accounted for more than 95 percent of all rail-related deaths over the past ten years – that is too many. Learn more about rail safety at

image of 2017 Rail Safety

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With pedestrian fatalities on the rise, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s support, is evaluating pedestrian detection technology to help prevent crashes and injuries. To learn more about pedestrian crash avoidance and mitigation technologies (PCAM) and the methodology developed by Volpe to estimate the safety benefits of PCAM systems, visit

USDOT's Volpe center, in support of NHTSA image

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The Maritime Administration’s Ready Reserve Force (RRF) provides government-owned shipping capability to meet Department of Defense strategic sealift requirements, and it assists in times of domestic or international emergencies.

Currently, the RRF is aiding with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma recovery efforts by transporting emergency supplies, providing safe storage of emergency equipment, and housing first responders aboard the vessels.

Learn more at 

The RRF consists of 46 vessels; the force has been activated 120 times

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