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Automakers Must Make ‘Quiet Vehicles’ Noisier by 2020: NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a final rule establishing minimum sound-level requirements for low-speed operation of hybrid and electric vehicles.

NHTSA Launches Drugged Driving Initiative, Announces March 15 Summit

With a national opioid epidemic and states legalizing marijuana, NHTSA is making the drugged-driving problem a top priority to ensure U.S. roads, communities and families are safe from impaired drivers.

Indiana Bill Would Prohibit Installation of Unsafe Used Tires

Indiana lawmakers are considering a proposed bill that aims to prohibit tire and automotive service businesses from installing unsafe used tires on vehicles.

Ohio Bill Prohibits Installing Unsafe Used Tires

The legislation is supported by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA), which has deemed the passing vote as an important step towards consumer protection from worn-out, damaged or improperly repaired used tires.

Reuters: NHTSA Looking for Ways to Clear Roadblocks to Driverless Vehicles

The U.S. National Highway Traffic-Safety Administration said it is looking for input on ways to get rid of regulatory hurdles to autonomous vehicles, according to a Reuters report.

‘Drive2Life’ PSA Contest Invites Teens to Create Messages on Danger of Speeding

The National Road Safety Foundation is inviting teens to submit their ideas for messages to help educate their peers and others about the dangers of speeding.

Bloomberg: Traffic-Safety Regulators Underestimate Impact of Smartphones, Distracted Driving

While the latest figures from NHTSA seem to indicate that speeding and drunk driving are the culprits for a recent uptick in traffic fatalities, a Bloomberg article suggests that federal regulators are underestimating the impact of smartphone use on the numbers.

U.S. Traffic Fatalities Continue to Rise, Even Though Distracted-Related Deaths Down

There were more U.S. traffic deaths in 2016 than in 2015, marking the second year in a row that the numbers have gone in the wrong direction.

Senate Commerce Committee Green-Lights Autonomous Vehicle Bill

A bill aiming to clarify the government’s role in the oversight of driverless vehicles has passed muster with the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

Consumer Watchdog: Autonomous Vehicle Bill Would Create ‘Wild West’ Without Safety Protections

A U.S. Senate bill aiming to pave the way for the development of driverless vehicles is a threat to highway safety, the group Consumer Watchdog asserted.

Rural Drivers Less Likely to Wear Seat Belts, More Likely to Die in Crashes

Adult drivers and passengers in America’s most rural counties had motor-vehicle death rates that were three to 10 times higher than those in the most urban counties, according to 2014 data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

U.S. Department of Transportation Unveils New Guidance for Driverless Systems

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have released new federal guidance for automated driving systems.