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NHTSA seeks to improve highway safety, reduce traffic fatalities

"Significant and Seamless" initiative will accelerate new technologies to reduce key safety risks

Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that, while highway deaths over the past five years continue to remain at historic lows, the number of deaths on U.S. roads increased to 33,561 in 2012, up 3.3 percent from 2011.

To a Department where safety is always our number one priority, any increase in the number of traffic fatalities is cause for concern. 

That’s why NHTSA today announced a new effort that involves the agency and the automotive industry working together to aggressively accelerate technologies that would improve safety by targeting some of the most persistent causes of traffic fatalities.

Graphic of crash avoidance technology

Highway report shows where Americans rack up the miles

In 2011, people drove more than 84.7 billion miles on California interstate highways. That's more than 900 times the distance from Earth to the Sun, and it makes the Golden State's highways the nation's busiest. Overall, our nation's interstate highways saw vehicles traveling 2.95 trillion miles in 2011. That's nearly double the number of highway miles traveled in 1980.

You can find these data and more in the Federal Highway Administration's “U.S. Interstate Traffic Volume Analysis.” In addition to State totals, the report released last week also shows vehicle miles traveled on individual highways. America's busiest interstate? Not surprisingly, it's California's I-5, which saw drivers rack up 21.4 billion miles in 2011. In fact, the nation's next two busiest highway segments are also in California--the I-10 and I-110--and the Los Angeles section of I-405 leads the way among city highways.

Blue-washed photo of a busy California highway

NHTSA to host DataMod public listening session

Registration to speak on crash database upgrade project closes today

The National Automotive Sampling System is composed of two data systems using cases selected from a sample of police crash reports. NHTSA is currently undertaking a modernization effort to upgrade the NASS.

NHTSA has reached the next phase of the design  and will hold a public listening session July 18 to solicit information and comments on its Data Modernization project (DataMod).Pre-registration is required for in-person and webinar participation. Register here by July 11.

Data.gov Interim Identification & Prioritization Process and Guidelines v1.0

Access to DOT data provides opportunities for consumers to conduct valuable research and analyses, combine data layers into new and interesting “mashups” of DOT and non-DOT data, and build novel applications, services, or derivative information products. Increased visibility and use of DOT data will result in increased citation, innovation and new research ideas. It will also lend greater credibility to scientific, engineering, and policy-making communities across a broad spectrum of the public and private sectors.

Section 2 provides information about the structure and content of Data.gov as they relate to the DOT. Section 3 outlines an interim publishing process and provides guidelines and resource links to assist DOT program managers and data access coordinators to identify, evaluate, prioritize, and prepare datasets and tools for inclusion in Data.gov. The evaluation questionnaire is contained in Appendix A.

Attrition Statistics for FY 2006

This spreadsheet provides attrition statistics for FY 2006. Demographics are particularly useful to managers in the workforce planning process.  This data is also used by Congressional staffers and others who have an interest in the size and makeup of the federal workforce, and by public and private organizations and individuals interested in the diversity of DOT for a wide variety of reasons.

Attrition Statistics for FY 2009

This spreadsheet provides attrition statistics for FY 2009. Demographics are particularly useful to managers in the workforce planning process.  This data is also used by Congressional staffers and others who have an interest in the size and makeup of the federal workforce, and by public and private organizations and individuals interested in the diversity of DOT for a wide variety of reasons.

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