December 7, 2002

Special issue: highway safety versus other public health priorities

Federal funding indicates the low priority assigned to highway safety

U.S. drivers lack concern for highway safety because they believe crashes happen only to other people

Education alone doesn't lead to safer driving practices

Politics impedes traffic programs aimed at drivers

The US highway safety lags behind other countries

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October 26, 2002

Improved seat/head restraint designs are reducing insurance claims for neck injuries in rear-end crashes

Automatic crash notification systems could save lives of some, but there are important limitations

California audit of camera programs: crashes are reduced, but official oversight needs improvement

Most stop sign crashes don't involve running through the signs; they involve drivers who stopped and then failed to yield

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September 14, 2002

Nova Scotia's graduated licensing system reduces crashes in the learner and intermediate stages

Add lap belts to school buses? It won't improve safety, NHTSA tests indicate

Lowest student death rates are on school buses, while highest are in cars driven by teens and on bicycles

Washington, D.C.'s speed camera program attracts public support despite some negative media coverage

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August 17, 2002

New York's ban on hand-held phones convinces many motorists to give them up

Risk from phone use while driving is hard to quantify, but available studies indicate greater likelihood of crashing

Crash on New York Thruway shows other distractions also may be hazardous

State legislators consider ways to curb phone use while driving

Cost of motor vehicle crashes topped $230 billion in 2000

Motorcycle deaths in South Dakota cluster around rally in August

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June 8, 2002

Teenagers' safety belt use rates are low, even when adult drivers in the same cars are buckled up

Video on young beginning drivers focuses on ways to reduce their crashes by limiting higher risk driving

HyperG sled acquisition launches new Institute testing programs

Comparison of trucking rules: updated E.U. rules and outdated U.S. rules

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May 4, 2002

Special issue: automated enforcement

U.S. lags behind in modernizing traffic law enforcement through automation

Studies show that red light cameras reduce injuries

Red light cameras reduce crashes, including serious ones

Automated traffic law enforcement is in use worldwide

Courts in San Diego and elsewhere find no constitutional flaws regarding red light cameras

Cameras reduce speeding on D.C. streets

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April 6, 2002

Fuel economy debate focuses on reducing fleet fuel consumption without compromising occupant safety

Street-legal golf carts can have serious safety consequences

Vehicle size, weight, and fuel economy interrelate to affect occupant safety

Deaths caused by inflating airbags have declined dramatically

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March 16, 2002

Volkswagen puts different bumper mounts on cars sold in U.S. and Europe

Ineffective bumpers on three small cars, all new designs for 2002 model year

Kia Sedona's frontal airbags deploy in 5 mph front-into-flat-barrier bumper test

Some state licensing and DUI/DWI laws have been strengthened, but no safety belt laws have been changed to primary

Pedestrian deaths trend downward

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February 9, 2002

Safety belt reminder system in late-model Fords boosts buckle-up rate

Racial/ethnic variations in belt use disappear in cities with good belt laws

EuroNCAP, like U.S. crash test programs, is prompting automakers to improve the crashworthiness of their vehicles

Death rates vary by race/ethnicity, gender and educational attainment

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January 12, 2002

Older rider deaths are on the increase

Ridership profile changing

Laws covering all cyclists put helmets on more heads but draw opposition

U.S. lags behind helmet laws in other countries

Motorcycle deaths go up when states abandon or roll back mandatory helmet use laws

Brain injury can mean lifetime of suffering and lost opportunities

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