In This Issue: MI distraction campaign | Pedestrian danger | Expanding Move Over | IA fatality increases | Fighting cellphone bans | DUID training grants | FHWA job opening | LEL webinar recording | Autonomous vehicle webinar | Traffic safety culture research
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January 20, 2017  •  Vol. 2, No. 3

In the News

Get Your Head Out of Your App – The Michigan State Police started a new distracted driving public awareness campaign, Get Your Head Out of Your App. Police are sharing information on Facebook and Twitter using #JustDrive and #DistractedDriving. Using a cellphone, eating or changing radio stations counts as distracted driving, and can result in a fine up to $100 for the first offense, and $200 for subsequent offenses.
31 States Became More Dangerous for Pedestrians in 2016 – Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia saw their pedestrian danger index (PDI) rise between 2014 and 2016, according to a new report on national pedestrian safety released by Smart Growth America. Florida ranks first for pedestrian danger, with Alaska (50) and Vermont (51) being safest for pedestrians.
Move Over Bill Changes in WY – Drivers in Wyoming would have to “move over” not only for emergency vehicles, but for other types of parked vehicles as well, under a bill that advanced out of the House Transportation Committee on Thursday. The legislation would expand the state's existing move over requirement to include parked municipal, county, public service corporation, highway construction or highway maintenance vehicles.
Traffic Safety Bureau Chief Discusses "Horrific Year" on IA Roads – The head of Iowa's Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau says efforts to reduce fatal crashes in the state this year will range from a boost in public awareness campaigns to possible legislation. Traffic deaths rose from 316 in 2015 to 402 in 2016. The primary factors for the spike in traffic fatalities last year include alcohol, speeding and distraction. The last time Iowa’s yearly highway traffic fatalities surpassed 400 was in 2008. 
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Lawmaker a Driving Force Against Cellphone Ban - A lawmaker in Montana is championing a bill prohibiting bans on driving while talking on a cellphone or texting, saying studies have shown such restrictions to be ineffective. The legislation would prohibit local restrictions on use of mobile communications devices while operating a vehicle.


Drugged Driving Training Grants – There is only one week left for State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) to submit an application for grants to provide law enforcement officers with the advanced training and skills necessary to detect drivers who are impaired by marijuana and other drugs. The program, funded by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility and administered by the Governors Highway Safety Association, has already resulted in more than 500 additional officers receiving Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) or Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) training and certification.
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FHWA Position Opening – The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Safety is seeking a Lead Transportation Specialist for its Strategic Integration team. This individual selected will lead a team on the development of national safety policies and legislation and provide national leadership in coordinating the strategic priorities of the office and working with safety partners to advance safety programs. The position closes on January 23.
Position announcement >>
Law Enforcement Partnership Forums Webinar Recording – A link to the recording of the National LEL Program (NLELP) webinar on Law Enforcement Partnership Forums has been posted to the NLELP website. The forums bring local law enforcement, SHSO staff and members of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regional and headquarters staff together for a listening and learning session.
Watch the recording >>

Save the Date: February LEL Webinar – Mark your calendar for the the February edition of the LEL Webinar Series, scheduled for February 15 at 3:00 p.m. EST. Brian Ursino, Director of Law Enforcement with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) will discuss highly autonomous vehicles and the issues facing law enforcement. The webinar will provide an overview of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Automated Vehicles Policy and the ongoing work of the AAMVA Autonomous Vehicle Working Group, with an emphasis on the issues facing law enforcement as these new technologies deploy on our roadways. Registration will open next week. 

Partner Publications

An Assessment of Traffic Safety Culture Related to Engagement in Efforts to Improve Traffic Safety – This report from researchers at Montana State University summarizes the findings of a survey conducted to understand values, beliefs, and attitudes regarding behavioral traffic safety. The study provides a better understanding of safety citizenship behaviors and associated beliefs, informing efforts to increase these beliefs in communities. Engagement in traffic safety by road users is an important component of a comprehensive effort to achieve zero deaths and serious injuries on our nations roadways.
Download the report >>

Sound Bites

As we prepare to say farewell to @NHTSAgov Administrator Rosekind, GHSA thanks him for his work and leadership.

"It really is totally unacceptable that society accepts the carnage on roads." - outgoing @NHTSAgov administrator Mark Rosekind.
- @PeterCBigelow

THP is very proud to perform our duty as we assist in the peaceful transition of power at the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. #Proudtoserve

- @THP_Colonel
KHP Trooper bridging the gap between police and public through social media #Kansas #HiTechCJ
- @policeofficer

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