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Study: Teens Who Receive Challenging Road Tests May Be Less Prone to Crashes

Adolescents who receive comprehensive and challenging on-road driving assessments prior to taking the license test might be protected from future motor vehicle crashes, according to a University of Alabama at Birmingham study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Motor …

Road Debris Contributes to More than 50,000 Crashes a Year

Between 2011 and 2014, road debris caused more than 50,000 car accidents in the U.S. each year, according to a report released this summer by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Because the figure is based on police-reported incidents, it …

Newly Licensed Drivers at Higher Risk for Car Crashes

Passing the state driver’s licensing test does not always mean new drivers have the critical skills they need to drive safely. In fact, for all new drivers, regardless of their age, crash risk is highest immediately following licensure, and driver …

NHTSA Announces 5-Year Traffic Safety Plan and Guidelines for Older Drivers and Passengers

In support of Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (December 2-6), the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a new strategic plan that will serve as a roadmap to ensure the safety of our nation’s growing …

Study Evaluates Distracted Driving Among Adolescents with ADHD

A study using a driving simulator suggests that adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who were distracted while driving demonstrated more variability in speed and lane position than adolescents without ADHD, according to a study published by JAMA Pediatrics. While adolescents …

New York State Police Taking Part in Child Safety Week

Law enforcement agencies across New York state are participating in National Child Passenger Safety Week. New York State Police, local police agencies and highway safety professionals are taking part in the weeklong enforcement effort that began Sunday and runs through …

NHTSA: Traffic Deaths Increase 13.5 Percent

Traffic deaths soared 13.5 percent in the first quarter of the year compared to the same period last year, and the number of deaths per miles driven also rose significantly, according to preliminary government estimates released Friday. An estimated 7,630 …

U.S. High School Students Improve Motor Vehicle-Related Health Behaviors

U.S. high school students have shown significant progress over the past two decades in improving many health-risk behaviors associated with the leading cause of death among youth—motor vehicle crashes—according to the 2011 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) released last …

No Seat Belts in 7 Out of 8 Louisiana Traffic Fatalities in 2012

Louisiana State Police report nine traffic-related fatalities so far this year. Out of those seven of eight people who died in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing seat belts. A ninth fatality involved a motorcycle. In a recent checkpoint in …