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Everyone Is A Pedestrian

New web resources, grants seek to fight disturbing safety trend

Whether you live in a city or a small town, and whether you drive a car, take the bus or ride a train, at some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian. Unfortunately, in 2011, pedestrians in the U.S. were one of the very few groups of road users to experience an increase in fatalities.

So as part of the campaign to combat that increase, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is making available $2 million in pedestrian safety grants. NHTSA has also joined with the Federal Highway Administration to launch a one-stop shop of safety tips and resources at www.nhtsa.gov/everyoneisapedestrian.

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I-80 Challenge: 11 states, 2,900 miles, 1 goal --safety

I-80 logoWhen all of the 11 states along a 2,900-mile interstate highway come together to solve a safety problem, that's one promising partnership. And that's exactly what got started yesterday in Des Moines with the launch of the Interstate 80 Challenge.

The I-80 Challenge is a multi-state awareness and high-visibility enforcement effort to encourage all drivers to drive safely on the Interstate 80 corridor and to support the efforts of the law enforcement officers who are out there every day trying to make our roads safer. The challenge runs from July 24 to July 31, and we at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration--in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration--are proud to join our state and local partners in this initiative.

On the Road This Holiday Weekend? Please Drive Safely

This newly sworn-in Secretary of Transportation has been thinking a lot about America, mostly about the tremendous opportunities our nation offers. And, with the 4th of July holiday here, I hope you'll have occasion to celebrate not only our more than 200 years of independence, but the promise that the future holds for us and for future generations.

But, if those of us who will be driving this holiday weekend don't give also some thought to road safety, too many Americans won't be able to enjoy that future.

Photo of kids marching in a 4th of July parade

U.S. Department of Transportation Declares Texas Long-Haul Truck Driver to be an Imminent Hazard to Public Safety

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared Texas-licensed truck driver Ruben Galindo to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.  Galindo was served the federal orders May 6, 2013.

“Safety is our highest priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  “We are committed to taking unsafe truck drivers who endanger the public off our nation's roads.”

U.S. Department of Transportation Declares South Carolina Long-Haul Truck Driver to be an Imminent Hazard to Public Safety

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared South Carolina-licensed truck driver Arnold Bradford Williams to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce. Williams was served the federal orders May 8, 2013.

“Safety is our highest priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  “Companies and drivers who willfully violate safety laws will not be allowed to operate.”