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In This Issue: TN Drugged Driving Deaths | CA Tour Bus Bill | CA Driverless Shuttle Testing | ASU Uber Traffic Study | Upcoming Webinars | FHWA Job Opening | CVSA Guardian Magazine | New NHTSA Publications
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September 30, 2016  •  Vol. 1, No. 39

In the News

Drugged Driving Deaths Exceed Drunk Driving Deaths in TN – According to an analysis of Tennessee Highway Patrol crash data, drugged driving has overtaken drunk and distracted driving as a factor in Tennessee traffic fatalities. The number of deaths from crashes with drug-impaired drivers shot up by 89 percent from 2010 to 2015,. Experts attribute the increase to a rising prevalence of drug abuse, especially of prescription medication, and law enforcement officers who can more readily detect drug-impaired drivers.
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CA Governor Signs Tour Bus Safety Inspection Bill – California Governor Jerry Brown signed three bus safety bills this week. One enacts National Transportation Safety Board charter bus safety recommendations. The second bill requires new safety equipment on school buses to prevent children from being left unattended, and a third bill gives the California Highway Patrol stronger authority to inspect charter bus terminals and order potentially dangerous buses out of service. 
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New CA Law Allows Test of Driverless Shuttle – A new California law allows a self-driving vehicle with no operator inside to test on a public road, a key step toward testing driverless shuttles. Self-driving cars are already allowed to test on California public roads by 15 automakers, technology companies and startups, but under current state regulations, a person must be in the driver's seat for monitoring and the car must have brakes and a steering wheel. 
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ASU Study Finds Uber Leads To Less Traffic Congestion – A team of three Arizona State University researchers conducted the first study of how the ride-hailing service affects traffic and pollution in urban U.S. areas and found positive results. According to the study, traffic congestion and carbon-dioxide emissions significantly decrease after Uber enters an urban area.
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Announcements

Registration Open for 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 and showcase successful state and regional efforts from previous impaired driving campaigns. 
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FHWA Webinar: Making the Business Case for Traffic Incident Management Programs – The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET.  During the webinar, participants will learn about the four-phase process for developing a TIM business case, as well as the key components and products required for an effective business case. Additionally, participants will hear firsthand experiences from two state department of transportation representatives on the progression for their rural and urban TIM programs.
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TSRP Traffic Tuesday Webinar Series – The latest installment of Traffic Tuesdays will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, from 2:00–3:30 p.m. CT.  “Current Drug Trends” will cover a number of new drugs on the market, as well as some of the "oldies" making a comeback. It will include a review of the current nomenclature and statistics, as well expected signs and symptoms. The webinar will be presented by Sergeant Chris Andreacola from the Tucson (AZ) Police Department. 
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Executive Leadership Vacancy at FHWA – The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is seeking candidates for the Senior Executive Service position of Director, Office of Safety Programs. The Director leads a staff of highway safety experts in developing and implementing national initiatives and policies, and providing innovative tools and programs to improve roadway user safety and reduce fatalities on the nation’s highways. The incumbent serves as the national authority in initiating, promoting and coordinating FHWA and Department of Transportation highway safety initiatives, including the $1.3 billion Highway Safety Improvement Program. This position is located in Washington, DC. 
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Two New Tools for Improving Road Safety Reporting – Through FHWA and NHTSA, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has developed two tools to help states facilitate the collection of data on how and where serious injuries occur: a national definition for serious injuries and a set of State Serious Injury Conversion Tables. A police roll call video is being created to help officers tasked with completing crash reports understand the new definition and how to report suspected serious injuries.
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2016 Operation Safe Driver Week – Law enforcement agencies throughout North America will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at combating unsafe driving behaviors by commercial motor vehicle drivers and passenger-vehicle drivers as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Operation Safe Driver Week, Oct. 16 – 22, 2016. 
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Halloween Drunk Driving Prevention – NHTSA has a variety marketing tools for Halloween drunk driving prevention efforts that can be distributed to fit local needs and objectives. These materials will help offices partner with other states, communities and organizations on this initiative. 
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New “Open Forum” Explores Behavioral and Infrastructure Safety Analytics – The American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), has announced an open forum to explore crash data analysis/infrastructure safety connectivity with a goal of moving Toward Zero Deaths on our nation’s roadways. 
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Partner Publications

CVSA Guardian Magazine – The third quarter edition Guardian, CVSA's quarterly magazine, includes stories on South Dakota's passenger-carrier inspection initiative at Mount Rushmore, Indiana's overweight vehicle data pilot program, guidance on understanding the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) grant process and CVSA's new strategic plan. 
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New Publications from NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis

  • 2014 Summary of Motor Vehicle Crashes (Final) (DOT HS 812 263): The number of police-reported motor vehicle crashes, for the 10-year period 2005 to 2014 shows a downward trend and is most pronounced for fatal crashes. However, the total number of police-reported traffic crashes increased from 2011 to 2012, from 2012 to 2013, and by 6.6 percent from 2013 to 2014.
  • The 2015 National Survey of the Use of Booster Seat Use (DOT HS 812 309): The 2015 National Survey of the Use of Booster Seats (NSUBS) found that 44.5 percent of 4- to 7-year-old children were restrained in booster seats, as compared to 46.3 percent in 2013 when the last NSUBS was conducted. Restraint use for all children under 13 decreased slightly to 89.2 percent in 2015.
  • Driver Electronic Device Use in 2015 (DOT HS 812 326): The percentage of passenger vehicle drivers text messaging or visibly manipulating handheld devices remained con­stant at 2.2 percent in 2015. Driver handheld cell phone use decreased from 4.3 percent in 2014 to 3.8 percent in 2015, but this was not a statistically significant decrease.
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"There's no MADD against speeding." GHSA Comms Dir Kara Macek discusses eliminating speeding's social acceptability. bit.ly/2dtsb6Y
- @GHSAHQ

33 children have died already this year. Spread the message: #HeatstrokeKills.
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