Transportation Safety

Learning where to get information on child passenger safety

Appropriate use of child safety seats can significantly reduce fatalities and injuries among children in vehicle crashes. While child restraint use has increased over the years, vehicle crashes are...

Updating height recommendations for booster seats

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that all children ages 12 and under sit in the rear seat of a moving vehicle and use a height/weight appropriate child...

Improving correct use of child restraint systems

Despite laws in all 50 states requiring child restraint use, many children still are injured in motor vehicle crashes. One possible explanation for this is the large number of...

Are drivers getting the message?

Crashes, lost loads, and other unanticipated highway obstructions quickly can lead to traffic congestion and reduced safety. Technologies such as variable message signs and radio traffic reports can help...

Calculating traffic speeds to make roads safer, less congested

Transportation safety professionals and regulatory agencies study how fast traffic is moving so they can better monitor the efficiency of roadways and relate travel speeds to trends in vehicle...

Making roads safer with responsive technology

Stormy weather can make driving dangerous and difficult even on the best of roads. About one-fifth of crashes are weather related—they occur in rain, sleet, snow, high winds, fog,...

Finding the best route to increasing seat belt use

More than 90% of drivers and passengers are using seat belts. We know that thanks to the annual National Occupant Protection Use Survey, which Westat conducts for the National...

Understanding the benefits of enhanced seat belt reminders

Most—almost 90%—of us are using our seat belts, and that’s good news. But more than half of all people killed in crashes were unrestrained. One approach to improving seat...

Do drivers understand new instrument panel displays?

The appearance and function of vehicles’ instrument panels, from the speedometer to the navigation system and mirrors, are changing. Large, visual displays that you can configure are replacing gauges;...

Making impaired driving arrests quicker and more efficient

Arresting someone for driving while intoxicated or driving while impaired (DWI) and processing the paperwork is a crucial but time-consuming task for police officers. The National Highway Traffic Safety...

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