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Last month, as part of the Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020), the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution encouraging the international community to take road safety into consideration and recognizing the value of an integrated approach to sustainable transportation. Now, when Americans think of sustainability, we often focus on fuel economy and emissions, but safety is a key part of the sustainability equation, particularly when, around the world, 1.24 million people are killed in road traffic incidents every year and more than 50 million are injured.

Young adults aged between 15 and 44 years account for 59% of those deaths globally. Closer to home, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for young people (ages 5-24) in the U.S. That's why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proud to join with the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) in sponsoring Global Youth Traffic Safety Month...

Photo of N.O.Y.S. student advocates gathering to kick-off Global Youth Traffic Safety Month

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On November 6, 2006, a cable television technician was on a routine service call at a home in Huntington, Indiana, and inadvertently drove a grounding rod through a one-inch natural gas pipeline. A gas company employee quickly arrived at the scene, but within minutes the house exploded, killing a resident of the home and Alan Dalrymple, the responder for the gas company. This tragedy is a sad reminder that a call to 8-1-1 could have saved a life.

In this new video from the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Brandon Dalrymple--the oldest of Alan Dalrymples' two sons left fatherless that day--reminds viewers that a quick call to 8-1-1 could prevent a call to 9-1-1.

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Last Tuesday, it was a privilege to be able to send Congress the GROW AMERICA transportation bill, our comprehensive plan to create millions of good new jobs building the transportation system America will need to remain competitive in today’s economy. And it was an honor to cap the day by addressing the National Association of Rail Passengers (NARP) annual citizen advocacy event, "NARP Day on the Hill."

NARP members know as well I do that America will be home to 100 million more people by 2050, so we need to make sure we give people as many transportation options as possible – including rail.

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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.

Photo of FMCSA Administrator Ferro giving the oath of office to the new class

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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....

Photo of David Friedman of NHTSA announcing the grants in New York's Times Square

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

Photo of Secretary Foxx announcing Green Lanes Project in Indianapolis, courtesy Green Lanes Project

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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...

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