In This Issue: Predicting crash sites | Underride crashes | Trailer loading crashes | Robot traffic cop | DUI offender campaign | Distracted driving webinar | Autonomous vehicles webinar | GHSA webinar recording | Drowsy driving campaign | Impaired Driving Update | 2016 Traffic Safety Innovations
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February 10, 2017  •  Vol. 2, No. 6

In the News

Troopers Use "Big Data" to Predict Crash Sites – As an increasing number of states use “big data” for everything from catching fraudsters to reducing heath care costs, some highway patrols are tapping it to predict where serious or fatal traffic accidents are likely to take place so they can try to prevent them. Tennessee has been a leader in the use of predictive crash software, and other states are following in its footsteps.

Side Underride Crashes Kill 200 People a Year – Government statistics show that more than 200 people are killed each year in underride crashes—gruesome deaths that experts say could be prevented if trucks were required to have side guards to deflect cars. The catastrophic impact of underride crashes was highlighted in May, when a self-driving Tesla hit a blueberry hauler in Florida, killing the 40-year-old occupant.
Proper Trailer Loading and Trailer Sway-Related Crashes – The February issue of The Police Chief magazine features an article on trailer-related crashes. The article looks at improper trailer loading—one of the leading causes of tow vehicle-trailer combination incidents—and educational efforts to reduce those incidents, as well as available aids to law enforcement investigating vehicle combination crashes. 

Duke Students Invent Traffic Stop Robot Cop – As violent encounters between police and the public continue to garner national attention, two Duke University students are trying to find ways to use technology to make policing safer. They say their invention, a robot that handles traffic stops, can make interactions safer for law enforcement officials and the people with whom they come in contact.

What Will YOU Lose? – In an effort to reduce impaired driving, the Colorado Department of Transportation is launching What Will YOU Lose?, a campaign featuring DUI offenders speaking about what they’ve lost because of their conviction and urging others not to make the same mistake. Real Coloradans, not actors, share their stories in hopes of preventing other people from driving impaired.


Webinar: Distracted Driving Enforcement: Resources for LELs and LEOs – April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and now is the time to plan your marketing and enforcement efforts. This webinar will look at new distracted driving marketing and enforcement materials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), NHTSA’s new Law Enforcement Virtual Training Course, qualifying for federal distracted driving grants, and distracted driving issues for officer safety.
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Webinar: Autonomous Vehicles and Law Enforcement – There are only a few seats left for next Wednesday's webinar on "Highly Autonomous Vehicles and the Issues Facing Law Enforcement." American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators' (AAMVA) Brian Ursino will discuss federal policy and the ongoing work of the AAMVA Autonomous Vehicle Working Group, with an emphasis on issues facing law enforcement. 
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Autonomous Vehicles Meet Human Drivers: Traffic Safety Issues for States – If you missed this week's Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) webinar discussing the Association’s newest report on autonomous vehicles, the recorded webinar, presentation slides and report are available on GHSA's website.
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2017 Drowsy Driving Prevention Campaign – Drowsy driving is a dangerous behavior that is estimated to contribute to as many as 1.2 million collisions, resulting in potentially 5,000 to 8,000 fatalities per year. This year's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) drowsy driving campaign is Take a Break. Drive Awake.
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Partner Publications

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update – The February edition of the NHTSA Impaired Driving Update is available for download. It features marketing tools for St. Patrick’s Day, webinar announcements, recent publications, and teen driving news. 
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Traffic Safety Innovations – The 2016 Traffic Safety Innovations reports are available on the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) National Law Enforcement Challenge website. Download the reports, which contain best practices and lessons learned from this past year’s award recipients in the topic areas related to:

Sound Bites

Minn. cop snaps picture of owl resting on his patrol car

- @PoliceOne
40 Under 40 nominations are due on March 1 – Don’t miss the chance to recognize current and future LE leaders!
- @TheIACP
As the U.S. population ages, the safety of #olderdrivers is getting more attention. Via @ashleyhalsey3rd news/dr-gridlo…
- @IIHS_autosafety

"[W]e think the time is right" for speed cameras in #California cities…
- @routefifty
Recording of the Oct. 2016 @USDOT webinar, Making the Business Case for TIM Programs, is now available online:
Factoid Friday! The three-position traffic signal was invented by an African-American. #BlackHistoryMonth

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