Author: Hanna Hopkins

  • December 9th, 2019

One-Third of All Impaired Driving Deaths Caused by Repeat Offenders WASHINGTON, D.C. – Even as our nation’s roadways are becoming safer, impaired driving remains a major highway safety problem nationwide. A new report released today by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) in partnership with Responsibility.org calls for a systemic and holistic approach to high-risk impaired drivers […]

  • December 9th, 2019

Alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for 29 percent of all U.S. motor vehicle deaths in 2018, the lowest percentage since 1982 when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began reporting alcohol data. This was sparked by a 3.6 percent decrease in alcohol-impaired driving fatalities from 2017 to 2018 (National Center for Statistics & Analysis [NCSA], 2019). […]

  • December 9th, 2019

Autonomous vehicles are currently subject to a lot of hope, hype and hysteria, especially after the recent fatality in Arizona, when a pedestrian was struck and killed by one of Uber’s self-driving cars. Autonomous vehicles will likely have as significant an impact on our lives as electricity, computers and the internet all did. However, just like […]

  • November 22nd, 2019

This report makes specific recommendations on how states and other stakeholders can and should save lives by increasing rear seat belt use by adults: States should pass and enforce strong laws and publicize the benefits of belt use in all seating situations; Fir-hire vehicle services should actively promote belt use to their passengers; Vehicle manufacturers […]

  • November 22nd, 2019

Safety is paramount in the work we do at the Alabama Department of Transportation. It begins with our pre-construction process, where we plan and design the safest roads and bridges possible. Whether it’s planning for new construction, replacing functionally obsolete or structurally deficient bridges, or widening shoulders scored with rumble strips on rural resurfacing projects, […]

  • November 14th, 2019

There were 36,560 people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes on U.S. roadways during 2018, a 2.4-percent decrease from 37,473 in 2017, which came after a 0.9- percent decrease from 2016 to 2017. Prior to 2016 there were two back-to-back yearly increases of 8.4 percent and 6.5 percent, respectively. Fatalities decreased from 2017 to 2018 […]