Tag: USDOT

  • September 17th, 2020

U DRIVE. U TEXT. U PAY. Distracted driving has become a national epidemic – endangering passengers, adjacent vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. While distracted driving can take many other forms –  adjusting the radio, putting on makeup, eating, or interacting with other passengers – texting has become one of the most common, pervasive forms […]

  • September 1st, 2020

How many people are staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic? How far are people traveling when they don’t stay home? Which states and counties have more people taking trips? Start exploring USDOT’s Daily Travel data to answer those questions. Dive into the site’s interactive map to see what percentage of the population is staying […]

  • June 9th, 2020

A statistical projection of traffic fatalities for 2019 shows that an estimated 36,120 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. This represents an estimated decrease of about 1.2 percent as compared to the 36,560 fatalities that were reported in 2018. Preliminary data reported by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) shows that vehicle miles traveled (VMT) […]

  • June 9th, 2020

Rural areas account for 71 percent of the Nation’s public road miles and see nearly half of crash fatalities. With vast road miles to consider, this report quantifies the extent of fatalities in the first 15 miles outside of urban areas (UA). Fifty-nine percent of rural crash fatalities occur within 5 miles of UAs; this […]

  • May 26th, 2020

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that despite the recent trend towards higher national seat belt use rates, 10% of drivers still only use seat belts occasionally. The current study examined occasional seat belt use among participants in the Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP2) Naturalistic Driving Study. The study was exploratory research with […]

  • May 19th, 2020

“You are making a tremendous difference for our country,” Secretary Chao says in video message. In recognition of National Emergency Medical Services Week, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao recorded a video message honoring the people of EMS and their families for their sacrifice and dedication to their communities, especially during this unprecedented pandemic. […]

  • May 19th, 2020

The purpose of this research was to explore candidate booster performance metrics that have the potential to identify less effective booster systems. A combination of volunteer testing of belt fit and posture along with dynamic sled tests of booster seats was employed to achieve the project goals. Posture and belt fit were measured in 24 […]

  • May 19th, 2020

EMS professionals have long served at the frontlines of our healthcare system, ready for any emergency. For nearly half a century, we have celebrated the dedication of our nation’s emergency medical services professionals during National EMS Week. This year we mark this occasion during a most extraordinary time. Instead of hosting awards ceremonies and recognition […]

  • April 15th, 2020

This pdf document outlines previous and potential traffic safety measures on the Federal level in the following areas. Encouraging Safer Driving Behavior Vehicle Safety Improvements Roadway Safety Improvements Commercial Transportation Safety Options for Congress State of Traffic Safety in America Driving is one of the riskiest activities the average American engages in. Deaths and serious […]