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NOYS advocates offer a lesson in safety and service

This morning, I read a column in The Washington Post about service to others, and the writer observed that, although “’Giving back’ has become a trite cliché...there are people who actually do it.”

I can assure you that he’s correct because yesterday I met a group of young people who work relentlessly for a cause that’s near and dear to DOT: safe driving.

The advocates and peer mentors of the National Organizations for Youth Safety give their time and their talent to stop distracted driving, an epidemic that threatens everyone on or near a road...

Photo of NOYS students gathered for distracted driving prevention summit

"Teens And Trucks" offers valuable safety lessons for all drivers

The mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is not just truck and bus safety; it also includes the safety of those operating around America's commercial vehicles.

In fact, most crashes involving a commercial vehicle --nearly 70 percent-- are not caused by the truck or bus driver. So one of FMCSA's ongoing safety efforts is educating non-commercial drivers about the handling differences between cars and large trucks and motorcoaches. Young drivers in particular need to learn how to maneuver safely near large vehicles and avoid creating situations that endanger themselves and others. It's not always something they pick up in driver's ed courses, but out there on the road, it's lifesaving information.

That's why, in May, FMCSA kicked off Global Youth Traffic Safety Month by joining forces with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), Fed Ex Ground, and the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) in a “Teens & Trucks – Share the Road Safely” event. Near the National Mall, troopers from the Maryland State Police led demonstrations to show students from NOYS how to safeguard themselves as drivers, bicyclists or pedestrians around big trucks.

Photo of trooper leading safety demonstration

Distracted Driving Awareness Month ends today; the need for attentive driving continues

As National Distracted Driving Awareness Month comes to a close, we are not about to slow down in our efforts to increase road safety and raise awareness about the consequences of distracted driving.

We're closing the month by sharing the latest video from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but our work continues. We hope that Liz Marks' story will remind you of what's at stake when we say #JustDrive. Please watch this brave testimony from Liz and her mother Betty, and share it with your loved ones...

Fight for road safety continues as Harvard, Huffington Post host Distracted Driving forum

Note: the event referred to below has already occurred. Video clips will be available shortly, so please check back!

In 2012, more than 3,300 people were killed in crashes where distracted driving was a factor – and an additional 421,000 were injured.  These are moms and dads, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors.  With approximately 660,000 drivers using cell phones or other electronic devices at any given moment of the day, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

That's why I'll be at the Harvard School of Public Health at 11:30 this morning (Eastern time) to participate in a Distracted Driving forum hosted in collaboration with The Huffington Post. We'll talk about why it's so important to end this epidemic and what we're doing to make that happen.

And we're streaming the forum live, right here in the Fast Lane...

U.S. DOT Launches First-Ever National Distracted Driving Enforcement and Advertising Campaign

Also releases initial results of California, Delaware demonstration programs

WASHINGTON To kick-off National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the Department of Transportation’s first-ever, national advertising campaign and law enforcement crackdown to combat distracted driving.  As part of the effort, television, radio and digital advertisements using the phrase U Drive. U Text. U Pay. will run from April 7-15, which coincides with a nationwide law enforcement crackdown in states with distracted driving bans.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month : U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

Over the past several years, we have made remarkable progress raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, both as a department and as a country. In 2009, when DOT took up this issue, only 18 states had anti-texting laws. Today, 43 states have banned texting while driving.

But we have more work to do. We are still losing more than 3,000 lives per year –and hundreds of thousands are injured– because of crashes caused by distraction.

That’s why, today – as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is launching its first-ever national, high-visibility enforcement campaign to crackdown on texting while driving.

U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

As spring arrives, “Drive to Save Lives” partnership blossoms

Traditionally, one of the first signs of spring is the sight of blooming flowers and buds, but the first day of spring this year brought something special: the blossoming of a promising new road safety partnership among DOT, the International Chiefs of Police Association, and state police and highway patrol officers from more than 40 states.

The Drive To Save Lives is a united effort to reduce highway fatalities by 15 percent in 2014. DOT is proud to join the IACP and law enforcement across the country in this education, awareness, and high-visibility traffic enforcement initiative to change high-risk behaviors that --all too often-- lead to crashes...

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2013 DOT Year in Review: NHTSA sets the stage for safer road future

Photo of NHTSA Administrator David StricklandToday, technology moves at the speed of light. That’s why at NHTSA, we act affirmatively to advance technologies that will save lives and create a regulatory environment that encourages innovation and big thinking about vehicle technology.

This year, we worked to advance the adoption of technologies that will deliver enormous lifesaving potential while also ensuring that new vehicle features don’t undermine safety through:

  • Significant and Seamless initiative;
  • SaferCar app; and
  • Manufacturer guidelines for in-vehicle technologies...

DOT effort to combat Distracted Driving continues

Four decades ago, when Lyndon Johnson signed the order to create the Department of Transportation, it read, “The Secretary should give top priority to the safety of our people as they travel by land, sea, or air.”

Today, that statement remains truer than ever – especially when it comes to distracted driving.

Poster from Put It Down campaign

Just as distracted driving was a priority under Secretary LaHood, it will receive my full efforts, as well...

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