• January 14th, 2021

Monday, January 11, 2021 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (the Department) today released the Automated Vehicles Comprehensive Plan (AVCP). The AVCP lays out the Department’s robust multimodal strategy to promote collaboration and transparency, modernize the regulatory environment, and prepare the transportation system for the safe integration of Automated Driving Systems (ADS). The AVCP […]

  • January 14th, 2021

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is continuing its exploration of traffic safety during the COVID-19 public health emergency. This work is crucial to furthering our understanding of changes in potentially dangerous driving behaviors and allows us to expand or evolve countermeasures to meet current needs in States and across the country. In October […]

  • November 25th, 2020

People may have preferences when it comes to transportation, but at some point, everyone is a pedestrian. Whether it is walking to a neighbor’s house, work, or school; accessing transit; shopping; or for exercising – walking is transportation. However, in the last decade, there has been an increase in fatalities for this basic form of […]

  • November 17th, 2020

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in cooperation with the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe), uses a quantitative model called the Carrier Intervention Effectiveness Model (CIEM) to measure the effectiveness of motor carrier interventions in terms of estimated crashes prevented, injuries prevented, and lives saved. This model provides FMCSA management with […]

  • 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 […]