JUST RELEASED: Research Notes, Crash*Stats & Reports
- Report to Congress: NHTSA’s NASS Data Needs (DOT HS 811 889), The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was directed to submit a report to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations that “evaluates the deficiencies of the National Automotive Sampling System’s Crashworthiness Data System (NASS CDS) data collection program based on current levels of case investigations and analyzes the improvements in the program that could be achieved through increased levels of case investigation and data collection.” This report fulfills that direction.
- NHTSA/NCSA Research Note “Driver Electronic Device Use in 2012” (DOT HS 811 884), The percentage of drivers text-messaging or visibly manip¬ulating hand-held devices increased from 1.3 percent in 2011 to 1.5 percent in 2012; however, this was not a sta¬tistically significant increase. Driver hand-held cell phone use remained unchanged at 5 percent in 2012. The 2012 NOPUS found that hand-held cell phone use continued to be higher among female drivers than male drivers. It also found that hand-held cell phone use continued to be highest among 16- to 24-year-olds and lowest among drivers 70 and older.
- Updated Estimates of Fatality Reduction by Curtain and Side Air Bags in Side Impacts and Preliminary Analyses of Rollover Curtains (DOT HS 811 882), The four types of curtain and side air bags each significantly reduce fatality risk in near-side impacts of cars and LTVs: curtains plus torso bags by an estimated 31 percent, combination head/torso bags by 25 percent, curtains alone by 16 percent, and torso bags alone by 8 percent. Curtains that deploy in rollovers reduce fatality risk in first-event rollovers by an estimated 41
- 2012 Traffic Safety Fact Sheet; Large Trucks (DOT HS 811 868), In 2012, there were 3,921 people killed and 104,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks (gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds). In the United States, 317,000 large trucks were involved in traffic crashes during 2012. This fact sheets provides the 2012 data with a focus on Large Trucks.
- "Occupant Restraint Use in 2012: Results from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey Controlled Intersection Study", This NCSA report presents results from the 2012 National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) Controlled Intersection Study. NOPUS is the only nationwide probability-based occupant restraint use survey. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s NCSA conducts this survey annually. The 2012 NOPUS found that male seat belt use increased significantly (up to 84 percent in 2012 from 81 percent in 2011) and that female seat belt use increased significantly (up to 88 percent in 2012 from 86 percent in 2011). Seat belt use among occupants age 25-69 years old increased significantly (up to 87 percent in 2012 from 84 percent in 2011). Restraint use for children in vans and SUVs decreased significantly down to 94 percent in 2012 from 97 percent in 2011. Seat belt use in rear seats stood at 75 percent in 2012.
- "Child Restraint Use Survey (LATCH Use and Misuse): Coding Manual" (DOT HS 811 852), The purpose of this NHTSA/NCSA Report was to collect quantitative data and other information concerning the restraint use of children in passenger vehicles. In particular, the project was conducted to obtain information regarding whether LATCH technology (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) was being used in vehicles equipped with LATCH, and whether LATCH technology was being used correctly in the installation of child restraint systems (CRSs). This Coding Manual provides information about data collected in 7 States from 1,182 vehicles that were transporting 1,728 children ages 12 and under.
- NCSA Research Note: 'Seat Belt Use in 2013 – Overall Results' (DOT HS 811 875) , Seat belt use in 2013 reached 87 percent, statistically unchanged from 86 percent in 2012. This result is from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), which is the only survey that provides nationwide probability-based observed data on seat belt use in the United States.
- 2012 Alcohol-Impaired Traffic Safety Fact Sheet (DOT-HS-811-870), In 2012, 10,322 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. These alcohol- impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 31 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States. Traffic fatalities in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes increased by 4.6 percent from 9,865 in 2011 to 10,322 in 2012.
- 2012 Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview (DOT-HS-811-856), Motor vehicle crashes and fatalities increased in 2012 after six consecutive years of declining fatalities on our nation’s high¬ways. The nation lost 33,561 people in crashes on roadways dur¬ing 2012, compared to 32,479 in 2011.
- FARS Analytical User’s Manual 1975-2012 (DOT-HS-811-855), This manual provides documentation on data elements that are contained in the 1975 though 2012 Fatality Analysis Reporting System data files.
- NASS/GES Analytical User’s Manual 1988-2012 (DOT-HS-811-853), This manual provides documentation on data elements that are contained in the 1988 though 2012 National Automotive Sampling System General Estimates System data files.
- 2012 FARS NASS GES Coding and Validation Manual (DOT-HS-811-854), This manual provides detailed documentation on the data elements that are contained in the 2012 Fatality Analysis Reporting System and the National Automotive Sampling System General Estimates System data files, including data values and consistency checks.
- Lives Saved in 2012 by Restraint Use and Minimum Drinking Age Laws (DOT-HS-811-851, In 2012, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 12,174 lives. Seat belts have saved nearly 63,000 lives during the 5-year-period from 2008 to 2012, in addition, 525 lives were saved by 21-year-old-minimum-drinking-age laws.
- Find All NCSA Studies, Reports & Publications in CATS, Our Customer Automated Tracking System (CATS) is where you will find: • Traffic Safety Fact Sheets • FARS/GES Reports • Research Notes and Crash*Stats • Technical Reports • Annual Assessments • Documentation and Manuals for FARS, GES, and NASS-CDS. Customers may also leave a customized data request if you are unable to find what you are looking for.
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