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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), within the Department of Transportation (DOT), has been given the responsibility to carry out motor vehicle and highway safety programs. NHTSA is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries, and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes. One of the information systems that helps NHTSA fulfill this mission is Artemis, a system that helps NHTSA with the early identification of serious safety-related defects, and ultimately the ability to require more timely recalls.

The Artemis system provides a central repository of data on motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment defects. Receiving information from consumers through the Hotline, public website, manufacturers, safety investigators and screeners, and other government agencies, Artemis stores complaints, recalls, safety defect investigations, and early warning reporting information from manufacturers of applicable equipment/motor vehicles. Designated officials use Artemis in the course of their jobs. Also, some Artemis data is made available to the public through individual requests or through a public Web site.

U.S. Department Of Transportation Releases Results From NHTSA-NASA Study Of Unintended Acceleration In Toyota Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Transportation released results from an unprecedented ten-month study of potential electronic causes of unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched the study last spring at the request of Congress, and enlisted NASA engineers with expertise in areas such as computer controlled electronic systems, electromagnetic interference and software integrity to conduct new research into whether electronic systems or electromagnetic interference played a role in incidents of unintended acceleration.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces Holiday Drunk Driving Crackdown

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today kicked off the annual “Drunk Driving. Over The Limit. Under Arrest” winter holiday crackdown involving thousands of law enforcement agencies across the nation.  Secretary LaHood also highlighted the new “No Refusal” strategy that a number of states are employing to put a stop to drunk driving.

DOT, EPA Propose the Nation’s First Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Trucks and Buses

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA)  and the U.S. Department of Transportation today announced the first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses. This comprehensive national program is projected to reduce GHG emissions by nearly 250 million metric tons and save 500 million barrels of oil over the lives of the vehicles produced within the program’s first five years.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Kicks Off Second National Distracted Driving Summit

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood kicked off the 2010 national Distracted Driving Summit today by announcing new anti-distracted driving regulations for drivers transporting hazardous materials, commercial truck and bus drivers, and rail operators, and by identifying more than 550 U.S. companies – employing 1.5 million people nationwide – that have committed to enacting anti-distracted driving employee policies in the next twelve months. The Department of Transportation also released interim data this morning from its pilotenforcement campaigns in Hartford, Connecticut and Syracuse, New York, showing that its “Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other” enforcement efforts have already dramatically reduced distracted driving behavior in both cities.