In This Issue: Connected vehicles | Rail safety training | NM fatality increase | Dec. webinar recording | Jan. LEL webinar | DUID grants | TRB Annual Meeting | CMV clearinghouse | Road to Zero | Sleep deprivation risks | Large truck crashes | Driving after cannabis use
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December 16, 2016  •  Vol. 1, No. 49

In the News

Connected Vehicle Technology to Prevent Hundreds of Thousands of Crashes – Citing an enormous potential to reduce crashes, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a proposed rule that would advance the deployment of connected vehicle technologies. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would enable vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology on all new light-duty vehicles, enabling a multitude of new crash-avoidance applications that, once fully deployed, could prevent hundreds of thousands of crashes every year by helping vehicles “talk” to each other. 

NCDOT Trains Law Enforcement in Rail Safety – The North Carolina Department of Transportation is partnering with the North Carolina Justice Academy to educate law enforcement officers around the state about rail safety. Officers' mandatory continuing education training in 2017 will include a nine-minute video produced by the department’s BeRailSafe railroad safety outreach program. 

NM Grapples With Traffic Death Numbers – New Mexico has seen nearly 100 more traffic-related deaths this year than this time last year, and much of it is due to drunk driving. From January to November of this year, there have been 369 traffic fatalities, an increase from the 267 deaths during the same time frame last year, according to the latest report from New Mexico Department of Transportation and the University of New Mexico. Drinking and driving played a role in 143 of those deaths. 


LEL December Webinar Recording – If you missed Wednesday’s webinar, "New Trends and Strategies for Improving Officer Safety," a recording is now available on the NLELP website. Nick Breul from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund discussed what the analysis of data from line of duty deaths is revealing, information on resources available to LELs and law enforcement agencies to improve officer safety as it relates to traffic, and where law enforcement can take proactive steps to reduce officer traffic-related fatalities and injuries.
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Save the Date: January LEL Webinar – The 2017 LEL Webinar Series will kick off on January 18, 2017, 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. The goal of the forums is to identify common challenges to and potential solutions for consistent and effective traffic safety services. Watch for a registration announcement next week.

Law Enforcement Grants to Combat Drug-Impaired Driving – Drug-impaired driving is a growing threat on our roadways, and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility ( are partnering to provide states with critical resources to combat this dangerous behavior. State highway safety offices are invited to apply for grants to increase the number of law enforcement officers certified to detect and evaluate drug-impaired drivers.
More information >>

TRB Annual Meeting – The Transportation Research Board of the National Academies (TRB) 96th Annual Meeting will take place January 8–12, 2017, in Washington, D.C. At the meeting, NHTSA will hold two sessions on January 11 that will feature news from the agency. The first session will focus on the Road to Zero; research regarding older drivers, speeding and pedestrian and bicyclist safety; new developments in NHTSA’s data systems; and 2015 highway fatality findings. The second session will focus on the agency’s crash data modernization program, recent findings from occupant protection use surveys, special crash investigations, and the agency’s vehicle research program.
Meeting information and schedule >>

FMCSA Establishes Clearinghouse for CMV Drivers – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is creating a national clearinghouse containing records of violations of drug and alcohol testing by commercial driver’s license holders. Motor carrier employers will be required to query the system for information concerning current or prospective employees who have unresolved violations of federal drug and alcohol testing regulations that prohibit them from operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). It also requires employers and medical review officers to report drug and alcohol testing program violations.

Road to Zero – The Road to Zero Coalition held its first meeting on December 15 in Arlington, VA. More than 130 partners attended the session and more than 100 listened in on the webcast. Topics included developing innovative safety solutions for safer drivers and passengers, protecting vulnerable users, safer vehicles, safer Infrastructure, enhanced emergency medical services, and improved safety management. The National Safety Council announced a new Road to Zero grant program for innovative highway safety measures.
Learn more >>

Partner Publications

Acute Sleep Deprivation and Risk of Motor Vehicle Crash Involvement – The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released a report that quantifies the relationship between the number of hours that a driver had slept in the past 24 hours and the risk of crash involvement. The results of this study indicate that drivers who usually sleep for fewer than 5 hours daily, drivers who have slept fewer than 7 hours in the past 24 hours, and drivers who have slept for 1 or more hours less than their usual amount of sleep in the past 24 hours have significantly elevated crash rates. 

Safety Defects and Long Hours Contribute to Large Truck Crashes – New Insurance Institute for Highway Safety-sponsored research shows that serious vehicle defects triple the risk of being involved in a crash. Long hours behind the wheel and use of the short-haul exemption for federal hours-of-service rules also are important contributors to crashes. In 2015, 3,852 people died in crashes involving large trucks.

An Assessment of Traffic Safety Culture Related to Driving After Cannabis Use – The Montana Department of Transportation has released a report on the traffic safety culture of driving under the influence of cannabis. About half of the individuals surveyed reported using cannabis in the past year and indicated that they had driven one or more times within four hours of using cannabis. In addition, about one in six respondents did not know if their state had a law about driving under the influence of cannabis. 

Sound Bites

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- @NHTSAgov

Just in time for a new year, we're getting a new look! Check out GHSA's brand new website, launched today. 

The men and women of the Ohio State Highway Patrol salute the service of John Glenn to the state of Ohio and our country.


New Mass. trooper is 8-inch elf doll named 'Statie'
- @PoliceOne

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