The American public expects a safe transportation system--that includes trucks and buses. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) team in the field is indispensable for keeping unsafe drivers, vehicles, and truck and bus companies off the road, making roadways safer.
Earlier this week I had the opportunity to take part in a special occasion for roadway safety, the graduation of 22 new safety investigators and five new border inspectors to be the most recent members of our FMCSA family.
Today, we’re seeing a significant change in Americans’ transportation choices. Americans are voting with their feet—by walking, running, and cycling—for alternative ways to get around. And when you think about it, everyone is a pedestrian at some point during the day because we all step off the curb or walk across a parking lot on our way to work, shop, or play.
But, as Americans are increasingly walking or biking, we’ve seen an increase in pedestrian and cyclist deaths. In 2012 alone, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes and tens of thousands more were injured. That’s one pedestrian’s life lost every two hours and one injured every seven minutes.
At DOT and NHTSA, we’re working to provide support for enforcement and to spread information that will help protect everyone on the road. As part of our “Everyone is a Pedestrian” initiative, we announced last Friday that we are awarding three states approximately $1.6 million to help implement new initiatives for their Pedestrian Safety Action Plans....
As the winter gives way to spring, the busy season for America's general aviation community really takes off. But did you know that weather is the most lethal of all major causes of general aviation accidents?
That's why today, along with our general aviation partners, the Federal Aviation Administration is launching the Got Weather? (#GotWx) campaign to encourage general aviation pilots to make sure they’re prepared for the weather this flying season.
May has only just arrived, and already it's shaping up to be a busy month on the transportation calendar. In addition to National Bike Month, National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and Global Youth Traffic Safety Month--all of which we begin celebrating today--we'll also be marking National Transportation Week from May 11 through May 17.
Since the month's safety messages are shared across several modes of transportation, we're kicking off May with a single consolidated message to all users of our nation's highways and streets: let's Share The Road...
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...
On Monday, I was in Indianapolis to help kick-off an innovative project to bring dedicated bicycling lanes to six American cities. The Green Lane Project by PeopleForBikes is a two-year program that will help the cities — Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Seattle— add modern, protected bike lanes to their streets. The Green Lane Project provides selected cities with valuable financial, strategic, and technical assistance.
The on-street bike lanes are separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts, and aim to make riding a bike an appealing option for people of all ages and abilities. In addition, automobile drivers find that dedicated, protected lanes organize streets, making it easier on them than shared lanes.
I'm happy to say that the transportation bill we sent to Congress yesterday includes resources to support additional investments in bike safety and bike infrastructure...
Today, I’m sending a legislative proposal to Congress that is designed to bring transportation ideas to the table.
Already, we’ve seen both parties make significant progress towards a bipartisan agreement on a multi-year bill that extends opportunity for workers and businesses alike. We believe our bill will help continue that progress.
The GROW AMERICA bill is based on the proposal the President announced in February. It ensures the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund and also advances a number of common-sense bipartisan reforms...
I am very proud to report that DOT has made great progress with sustainability over the last several years.
Through the hard work and innovation of our employees, and commitment from each of the Operating Administrations (OAs), we have transformed our Department—rising from the bottom to the top half of all federal agencies —with our sustainability performance. Our remarkable progress is captured on the Department’s annual OMB Energy and Sustainability Scorecard, where we have gone from a majority of red scores to a majority of green scores in three years.
DOT is committed to incorporating sustainability principles into our policies, operations, investments, and research as we work to improve the national transportation system...
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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...
Today, I visited Casselton, North Dakota, to reaffirm DOT's commitment to making sure energy products transported by train are carried safely.
One thing I emphasized this afternoon is that all of the actions we have taken to date are just first steps. More safety measures are on the way.
In fact, I was happy to have the opportunity in Casselton to announce that DOT plans to send a comprehensive rulemaking package to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs next week. The proposal will include options for enhancing tank car standards. We look forward to working collaboratively with OIRA on the Administration’s proposal and initiating the formal comment process as soon as possible...