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In This Issue: MD safety funds | Automated vehicle policy | NJ distraction bill | WI cell phone law | VA seat belt campaign | Child passenger safety | October webinar registration | Social media webinar materials | Drugged driving report | Deer collision study
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September 23, 2016  •  Vol. 1, No. 38

In the News

MD Receives $12.5 Million for Roadway Safety – Following a 17 percent rise in roadway deaths in Maryland in 2015, Governor Larry Hogan announced that the federal government has awarded police departments and road safety advocates in the state more than $12.5 million in grant money to to encourage better driving habits and reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries in the state. 
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USDOT Releases Federal Automated Vehicle Policy – The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has released the much-anticipated federal policy regarding automated vehicles. The policy includes vehicle performance guidance, model state policies, options for federal regulation of highly automated vehicle sales and new tools and authorities the federal government may need as the technology evolves.
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NJ Distracted Driving Bill Isn't about Your Coffee – "It's the smartphone, stupid!" That's the message experts gave to lawmakers in the New Jersey General Assembly, where a much-mocked and little-understood distracted driving bill was under discussion. The bill, as introduced, was quickly criticized and even mocked in the national press for giving police the power to ticket drivers just for reaching for a sip of their morning java, something lawmakers insist is not its goal. 
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WI Gets New Cell Phone Law – Wisconsin drivers face new cell phone restrictions starting October 1.  Road construction zones are already hazardous, which is why a new law will soon force drivers to be more alert by banning cell phone usage unless it’s on a hands-free device. Using a cell phone in a work zone results in a ticket and a $40 to $100 fine.
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Virginia Schools Join Push for Greater Seat Belt Use – More than 70 Virginia high and middle schools are kicking off a statewide campaign to increase seat belt usage rates among teens and youth. Using the slogan “Seat Belts Are Your Safety Equipment,” the “Save Your Tailgate, Buckle Up” campaign emphasizes seat belts are critical and designed to protect and save lives. The four‐week challenge is sponsored by Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety, the Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Highway Safety Office.
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Child Passenger Safety Beyond Passenger Vehicles – The National Safety Council (NSC) recently updated its child passenger safety (CPS) policy statement. In addition to reinforcing CPS best practices, NSC also included calls-to-action around two issues: school bus safety and airplane safety. Two recent blog posts from the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia address these issues.
Child Passenger Safety Beyond Passenger Vehicles: School Bus Safety >>
Child Passenger Safety Beyond Passenger Vehicles: Airplane Safety >>

Announcements

Registration Open for the October LEL Webinar – Registration is now open for "Impaired Driving Enforcement: The 2016 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Holiday Campaign," scheduled for October 19 at 3:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will look at the communications assets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has developed to support law enforcement and state highway safety offices, as well as planned activities and initiatives from NHTSA's Impaired Driving Division. The webinar will also preview the agency's plans for the annual Project Roadblock initiative that provides additional broadcast TV advertising support and showcase successful state and regional efforts from previous impaired driving campaigns.
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Recording Available for "Social Media 101" – If you missed Wednesday’s webinar on social media for LELs, a recording and presentation slides are available on the National LEL Program website. Lisa Flowers from the Delaware Office of Highway Safety and Janice Martinez from the Florida LEL Program explained the platforms and who uses them, how to build relationships and partnerships, and how to fit social networking in to an already busy day. The webinar ended with a step-by-step beginners' training on how to get started using Twitter and Facebook.
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Partner Publications

WHO Examines Drugged Driving and Road Safety – The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a policy brief on the impact of drug use on road safety that includes suggestions on what can be done to reduce drug-related crashes, injuries and deaths on the roads.
Download the policy brief >>

State Farm Releases Annual Deer Study – Earlier this week, State Farm released its annual deer claim study, which ranks states by the potential drivers had of hitting a large animal, including deer, elk and moose. The top five states in which a driver was most likely to have a claim from a collision with a deer, elk or moose were West Virginia, Montana, Pennsylvania, Iowa and South Dakota.
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Sound Bites

Hello self-driving cars. Goodbye 4.1 million jobs? http://on.mktw.net/2cNLNo2

- @MarketWatch
Driver's ed still critical w/ diff levels of AV on road - should know how to operate all. (@MarketWatch @CateyHill) on.mktw.net/2cVX7v8
- @GHSAHQ

Lt. Hopkins with the @TNHighwayPatrol salutes Child Passenger Safety! #isaluteCPS #TNHSO #TheRightSeat
- @TNHSO
Factoid Friday: I-180 in Cheyenne, WY, is the only non-freeway in US w/ its 1 interchange and 4 “exits” w/ lights. bit.ly/2cHSLKu
- @USDOTFHWA

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