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Operation Safe Driver making our roads safer for everyone

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is adding to our road safety message this week (see the October 24 post on Teen Driver Safety Week) with Operation Safe Driver, an all-out effort to combat the number of deaths resulting from crashes involving large trucks, buses and passenger vehicles.

During Operation Safe Driver, our safety partners are stepping up commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement; safety belt enforcement; and driver roadside inspections. They're also increasing commercial driver safety education efforts.

But an equally important part of this campaign is the effort to raise awareness among the public about safe operations around commercial motor vehicles.


FMCSA Administrator speaks at an Operation Safe Driver event in Hartford.

“5 to Drive” campaign seeks to boost teen driver safety

At the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as it is throughout the entire Department of Transportation, safety is our highest priority. And when it comes to safety behind the wheel, we are especially concerned about our least experienced drivers, America's teens. 

That’s why on Tuesday, I was pleased to join Dr. Flaura Winston of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for National Teen Driver Safety Week and the launch of NHTSA’s new education campaign directed at the parents and guardians of young drivers: “5 to Drive.”

“5 to Drive” is all about getting parents and guardians to engage in an ongoing discussion with their teens about safe driving. We’re asking parents and guardians to reinforce five basic rules with any young drivers in their family.

NOYS Distracted Driving Summit empowers student safety advocates

Last week, we wrote about the safety efforts of the It Can Wait campaign, which is urging everyone to pledge to never text and drive and to ask others to do the same.

Today, we want to thank the young safety advocates who attended the 2013 National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit.

In addition to those who came to Washington, DC, for Friday's summit, we're also grateful to the NOYS advocates who couldn't make the trip but who work year-round in their schools and communities to promote safe driving.

Drive 4 Pledges Day urges nationwide action to end texting while driving

If you support the nationwide effort to end texting while driving, today is a day to take the fight to the next level.  With Drive 4 Pledges Day, the people behind the effective It Can Wait campaign are urging you to pledge to never text and drive and to ask others to do the same.

Sharing your commitment has never been easier, thanks to ItCanWait.com.  There, you can get resources to help you personalize your efforts and spread your message on social media. From profile and cover pics to hashtags, ItCanWait.com has everything you need to make this important cause your own.

Screen capture of the it-can-wait-dot-com website

As Transportation Secretary Foxx said, "Texting while driving claims too many lives, and raising awareness of this completely preventable tragedy is key to saving them.”

Safety partners team up to fight distracted driving

At a time when millions of Americans are traveling or thinking about summer travel on our roadways, there is no time like the present to stay focused on driving safety. A moment's distraction behind the wheel can be all it takes to turn your summer vacation into a tragic crash.

Fortunately, DOT has terrific safety partners to help get the word out that distracted driving threatens the safety of everyone on the road. AAA and the Automobile Club of Southern California have teamed up with DreamWorks Animation for a special public service announcement aimed at reducing distracted driving. 

The PSA features AAA IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves and Turbo, a character from the new 3D racing comedy, Turbo. Together, these two "drivers" do a great job sharing a great message!

U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Latest Video in the “Faces of Distracted Driving” Series

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today released the latest video in the Department of Transportation’s “Faces of Distracted Driving” series. The new clip features a mother whose 12-year-old son was killed in 2004 when a young woman driving a Hummer and talking on her cell phone ran a red light and crashed into their vehicle a mile from their home in Spring Lake, Michigan.

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