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In This Issue: Impaired dodge ball | Driverless cars on I-95 | ITE podcast | Medical marijuana study | Limo safety | Road to safety | Lifesavers conference | January webinar | TSRP blog | NCSA publications | See you in 2017!
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December 23, 2016  •  Vol. 1, No. 50

In the News

"Impaired Dodge Ball" Informs Public About Dangers of Drunk Driving – This holiday season, the Texas Department of Transportation is raising awareness of the risks of driving drunk with a game that simulates how someone would feel behind the wheel after a few drinks. The interactive game, which has players dodge virtual snow balls, demonstrates how a person's reaction time could be affected by alcohol consumption.
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Maryland Proposes I-95 as Testing Ground for Driverless Cars – Interstate 95 and other major arteries around the Baltimore region could become a testing ground for driverless cars starting in 2018. The state has applied for a U.S. Department of Transportation program that aims to work out the kinks in autonomous vehicle technology, speed its arrival on roadways across the country and help grow companies that are developing it.
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ITE Talks Transportation – This month's edition of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Talks Transportation podcast features an interview with Debbie Hersman, President/CEO of the National Safety Council and chairman of the Road to Zero Coalition.
Listen to the interview >>

Study Says States With Medical Marijuana Laws Have Lower Traffic Fatality Rates – States with medical marijuana laws have fewer traffic fatalities than those without, especially among younger drivers, a new study has found. Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found an 11 percent reduction in traffic fatalities on average when examining places that have enacted medical marijuana laws.
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After Deadly NY Wreck, Grand Jury Questions Limo Safety – Cars converted into stretch limousines often lack life-saving safety components such as side-impact air bags, reinforced rollover protection bars and accessible emergency exits, according to a special grand jury that looked into a limousine crash that killed four women leaving a New York winery. A just-released report calls for better safety regulations for stretch limousines.
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The Road to Safety – An opinion piece published on the U.S. News & World Report website explores some of the ways the U.S. is working to address the problem of rising traffic fatalities and make the roadways safer. 
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Announcements

Lifesavers Conference – Registration is now open for the 2017 Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities, which will take place March 26–28 in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is a great opportunity to learn from industry experts and network with thousands of dedicated traffic safety professionals from across the country. Early bird registration rates end on January 20.
More information & registration >>

January LEL Webinar – The 2017 LEL Webinar Series will kick off on January 18 at 3:00 p.m. ET with a session on Law Enforcement Partnership Forums. The forums are roundtable discussions that bring local law enforcement, state highway safety office staff, and members of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regional and headquarters staff together for a listening and learning session.
Register >>

Partner Publications

MD TSRP December Blog – In his December blog, Maryland Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP) David Daggett reviews the current state of Maryland laws regarding marijuana, paraphernalia and its use or possession in public places and vehicles.
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New Publications from NCSA – NHTSA recently posted these publications from the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA):

Sound Bites

What a year 2016 has been! Between grants, publications, meetings, and more, GHSA has certainly kept busy: http://www.ghsa.org/2016-in-review 

- @GHSAHQ
We want to extend our thanks to the Maryland LEOs who are out there, protecting everyone from #drunkdriving. #drivesober
- @tzd_maryland

Need a last minute gift? Print designated driver gift cards at http://drivesober.org/ giftcard
- @UtahDPS_HSO
AAA Honors New Canaan Police, Town Workers For Improving Traffic Safety #Connecticut #HiTechCJ ow.ly/YtVb307knca
- @policeofficer


“I joined the Patrol to make a difference in people’s lives.” – Captain Jeffrey Bissainthe http://www.BeATrooper. com  #FHP
- @FLHSMV
We accepted @THP_Colonel Mannequin Challenge. Check it out! #gsp #gamccd #gacpd @NCSHP @TrooperBob_SCHP http://bit.ly/2hIUlPg 
- @ga_dps

Why Are Many Teens Apathetic About Driving? Guest Contributor: Mary Petersen, clinical social worker/psychotherapist http://ow.ly/aIr9307ag8x
- @FordDSFL

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