Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Understanding the Limitations of Drug Test Information, Reporting, and Testing Practices in Fatal Crashes

Since 1975, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has collected data from all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico on all police-reported fatal crashes on public roadways. NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) includes data from these fatal crashes in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). This dataset provides a wealth of information on fatal crashes, the roadways, vehicles, and drivers involved.

See the Traffic Safety Facts: Research Notes from NHTSA for more information on this dataset.

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Record 27 Child Booster Seats Earn Top IIHS Rating For Safety

Among the 41 models of new child booster seats for 2014, 27 have been awarded the Insurance Insitiute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) BEST BET design -- more than in any prior year...

Boosters earn a rating of BEST BET, GOOD BET, Check Fit or Not Recommended, based on a protocol that involves measuring how 3-point lap and shoulder belts fit a child-size test dummy seated in the booster on a stationary test fixture. Measurements are taken under 4 conditions spanning the range of safety belt configurations in passenger vehicles. The evaluations focus on belt fit and don't involve crash tests.

Read the full article from Consumer Affairs

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Survey says distracted drivers know the risks but do it anyway

From: WBFO
A new survey takes a look at the attitudes and behaviors of drivers who are also frequent cell phone users. With new state laws put into effect last week, bringing stiffer penalties for distracted driving, WBFO’s Avery Schneider found out more about how new rules and bad habits combine.
Credit File photo / WBFO News
Hypothetical situation: you and three other drivers on the road have cell phones. You all know it’s wrong to use them while you drive, but three of you do it anyway. Well, hypothesis is now fact, according to a new survey by AT&T. Out of just over a thousand people the telecom giant talked to, three quarters say they know the dangers of texting or talking while driving, but do it anyway.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Killer in Indian Country

November is Native American Heritage Month

Native Americans have the highest motor vehicle-related death rates of all racial and ethnic groups.

A Killer in Indian Country video thumbnailThis month, learn how crash-related injuries and deaths among members of tribal nations can be prevented by visiting CDC's Tribal Road Safety web site. While there, watch our new video, "A Killer in Indian Country - Motor Vehicle Crashes". The video highlights important steps for tribal road safety, including increasing child safety seat use, increasing seat belt use and decreasing alcohol-impaired driving.

Learn More from the CDC Injury Center

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Webinar: Injury and Violence

Register Now | November 20, 2014 | 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children in the United States.

This Healthy People 2020 webinar will focus on activities and interventions related to the prevention of injury and death through appropriate child passenger safety. Through 4 presentations focusing on data, communication efforts, and effective implementation strategies, we will explore the importance of child passenger safety and the progress we are making to address this issue.

Join us on Thursday, November 20 at 12:00 p.m. ET to learn how one organization is working to address child passenger safety in its community. You will also hear about resources available to help address this issue in your community.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Road Warrior: Little red stickers a matter of life or death for teen drivers

From:  North Jersey

"What did I do, now?"

That was the usual reaction from more than 100 young drivers last week as police in Montclair, Caldwell and three other Essex County towns stopped them for doing what teens usually tell adults they're doing - absolutely nothing.

But to commemorate National Teen Driver Safety Week, police weren't issuing tickets. They were giving each teen a red envelope with a $5 certificate to a fast-food restaurant plus a note of commendation addressed to their parents.

"We wanted to thank you for displaying the red decal," said Arnold Anderson, an ex-county cop, who arranged the stops.

Those tiny red decals stirred passions in households across New Jersey in 2010 when the state became the first in the nation to require first-year drivers to stick the removable patches on each license plate under the Graduated Driver License program.

See the research behind the decals in the article "New Jersey's Teen Driver Decals Show Sustained Link with Fewer Crashes"

The decal requirement is known as Kyleigh's Law for Kyleigh D'Alessio, a 16-year-old Morris County girl killed in a 2006 crash as a passenger in car driven by another teenager. That tragedy helped develop support for the decal, but tens of thousands of teens and parents cried foul, arguing that the little red identifier would target young people for violence and police abuse.

Friday, October 31, 2014

University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center Develops Parental Guide to Teach Teens About Safe Driving

The University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC) partnered with the Blank Children’s Hospital to create Steering Teens Safe, a parent communication and driving supervision program that helps parents motivate their teens to drive safely. Evaluations of Steering Teens Safe were conducted through two randomized controlled trials funded by CDC and NIH, and estimate a 21% reduction in teen risky driving. The IPRC is currently translating the program to parents; integrating the program into three business workplace wellness programs; and working with state Driver’s Education programs to make Steering Teens Safe available as a parent component.

Learn more about the Steering Teens Safe parental guide