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Countermeasures That Work: A Highway Safety Countermeasure Guide for State Highway Safety Offices

Countermeasures That Work: A Highway Safety Countermeasure Guide for State Highway Safety Offices is a basic reference to assist State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) in selecting effective, evidence-based countermeasures for nine traffic safety problem areas: Alcohol- and Drug-Impaired Driving; Seat Belts and Child Restraints; Speeding and Speed Management; Distracted and Drowsy Driving; Motorcycle Safety; Young Drivers; Older Drivers; Pedestrians; and Bicycles.

Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalities by State: 2014 Preliminary Data

This report provides a first look at 2014 motorcyclist fatalities nationally and by state, based on preliminary data supplied by all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Motorcyclist fatalities in the United States are expected to have decreased by about 2 percent, compared with 2013.

The report also examines changes in motorcyclist crash patterns and fatalities over the past decades and three-year state trends. In addition, it outlines efforts to further reduce motorcyclist crashes and fatalities.

Bicyclist Safety

This GHSA Spotlight on Highway Safety report looks at the issue of bicyclist safety, analyzing how fatality trends and crash patterns have changed since the mid 1970's. Two areas of focus are helmet use and alcohol use by fatally injured cyclists.

The report also discusses actions to reduce collisions and injuries and outlines some current efforts in states and locations where bicyclist fatalities are occurring.

Getting It To Click! Connecting Teens And Seat Belt Use

This report, made possible with funding from The Allstate Foundation, details promising programs and practices that states are using to encourage teens to wear their seat belts every time they drive or ride in a vehicle. The programs listed can serve as road maps to other states and stakeholders concerned about keeping young drivers safe on our roads.

Opportunities for improving the response to insufficient teen seat belt use are also identified, as well as recommendations for states to consider as they mobilize resources and programs to address this critical issue.

Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalities by State: 2013 Preliminary Data

In early 2014, GHSA asked its member state highway safety offices to provide their preliminary motorcyclist fatality counts for 2013, as they had done the prior four years. All 50 states and the District of Columbia responded. Several states suggested why their numbers had increased or decreased.

Based upon the preliminary data provided, GHSA projects that the number of motorcyclist traffic fatalities in the United States in 2013 decreased approximately 7 percent, compared with 2012 numbers, and will be on par with 2011 fatalities.

Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State: 2013 Preliminary Data

In late 2013, GHSA asked its State Highway Safety Office members to report their preliminary pedestrian fatality numbers for the first six months of 2013. All 50 states and the District of Columbia responded to the survey.

The data showed that the number of pedestrian traffic fatalities in the United States for the first six months of 2013 decreased by 190 – or 8.7% – from 2,175 in 2012 to 1,895 last year.

Speeding-Related Fatal Crashes Among Teen Drivers and Opportunities for Reducing the Risks

From 2000 to 2011, 19,447 fatal crashes involving teen drivers were speeding-related. Despite a significant drop in overall fatal teen driving crashes during that same time frame, speeding has actually grown slightly as a contributing factor.

This publication examines the scope of the teen speeding problem, why it exists, and what policymakers and parents can do to help reduce the number of teen speeding-related fatalities.

Promoting Parent Involvement in Teen Driving: An In-Depth Look at the Importance and the Initiatives

This publication examines the critical role parents play in helping their teens survive their driving years, looking at how parents can support – or supplement – state graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws to help their teens develop into good, safe drivers. The report also examines current best practices in reaching parents and identifies what elements are essential for states wanting to build a good parent program.

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