The Lifesavers Conference is the largest gathering of highway safety professionals in the United States, bringing together a unique combination of public health and safety professionals, researchers, advocates, practitioners and students committed to sharing best practices, research, and policy initiatives that are proven to work.
Impaired-Driving Leadership Model: Findings Based on Three State Case Studies (PDF, 1.4 MB) October 2018, Revised; DOT HS 812 516
Evaluation of Nighttime Seat Belt Enforcement Demonstration Program and Identification of Characteristics of Unbelted High-Risk Drivers (PDF, 2.8 MB) April 2018; DOT HS 812 474
Feasibility of Modeling the Relationship Between Seat Belt Program Inputs and Outcomes (PDF, 632 KB) April 2018; DOT HS 812 524
Age Versus Experience: Evaluation of Video Feedback Intervention for Newly Licensed Teen Drivers (PDF, 559 KB) July 2018; DOT HS 812 508
Evaluation of Teen Seat Belt Demonstration Projects in Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Texas (PDF, 879 KB) July 2018; DOT HS 812 464
Visual Scanning Training for Older Drivers: A Literature Review (PDF, 934 KB) April 2018; DOT HS 812 514
The Effects of Medical Conditions on Driving Performance: A Literature Review and Synthesis (PDF, 173 KB) July 2018; DOT HS 812 526
Older Driver Compliance With License Restrictions (PDF, 1.3 MB) April 2018; DOT HS 812 486
Older Drivers and Navigation Devices (PDF, 2.8 MB) June 2018; DOT HS 812 587
Mild Cognitive Impairment and Driving Performance (PDF, 3.2 MB) January 2019; DOT HS 812 577
National Traffic Speeds Survey III: 2015 (PDF, 2.3 MB) March 2018; DOT HS 812 485
Peer-to-Peer Traffic Safety Program Guide (PDF, 3.6 MB) March 2019; DOT HS 812 631
Best Practices for Implementing a State Judicial Outreach Liaison Program (PDF, 1.4 MB) March 2019; DOT HS 812 676
Law Enforcement Phlebotomy Toolkit: A Guide to Assist Law Enforcement Agencies With Planning and Implementing a Phlebotomy Program (PDF, 1.15 MB) March 2019; DOT HS 812 705
New on the Web
- Evaluation of Nighttime Seat Belt Enforcement Demonstration Program and Identification of Characteristics of Unbelted High-risk Drivers (PDF, 2.8 MB) April 2018; DOT HS 812 474
The present study evaluated the effectiveness of a high-visibility nighttime seat belt enforcement program conducted in Maryland by measuring changes in day and night self-reported and observed seat belt use and crash outcomes. To better understand the characteristics of unbelted drivers, the study compared the driving records of motorists who received seat belt citations during the enforcement crackdown with drivers who were not cited for failing to use seat belts.
- Occupant Restraint Use in 2017: Results from the NOPUS Controlled Intersection Study (PDF, 1.2 MB) February 2019; DOT HS 812 594
This report presents results from the 2017 National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) Controlled Intersection Study, the only nationwide probability-based occupant restraint use survey. NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis conducts this survey annually.
- National Survey on Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviors 2015 (PDF, 2.9 MB) March 2018; DOT HS 812 461
The 2015 National Survey on Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviors (NSDDAB) is the third in a series of telephone surveys on distracted driving. The survey provides data to help further the understanding of driving behavior and to contribute to the development of countermeasures and interventions to reduce distracted driving on the Nation’s roadways.
- Investigation and Prosecution of Distracted Driving Cases (PDF, 225 KB) May 2017; DOT HS 812 407
This is a prosecutor’s monograph about distracted driving. This monograph provides guidance and training material to assist State and local attorneys, and other members of the judiciary, in prosecuting distracted driving cases that involve a serious injury or fatality.
- Peer-to-Peer Traffic Safety Program Guide (PDF, 3.6 MB) March 2019; DOT HS 812 631
This report provides an overview of peer-to-peer education and how it can be implemented in schools and communities to address traffic safety with young drivers
- Best Practices for Implementing a State Judicial Outreach Liaison Program (PDF, 1.4 MB) March 2019; DOT HS 812 676
This updated version of the original publication, Guidelines for Creating State Judicial Outreach Liaisons (DOT HS 811 783, July 2013) presents information on the scope and purpose of the State judicial outreach liaison (JOL) program. In addition, it discusses and provides resources on establishing a State JOL program and beginning the work of a State JOL.
- Medication Effects That May Impair Driving Ability
This free course for pharmacists, their assistants and healthcare providers discusses medicines, whether prescriptions, over-the-counter (OTC), legal, or illegal, that have the potential to impair driving performance and how combining drugs—especially with alcohol—can impair driving ability. It includes discussion of how to counsel patients on the impairing effects of drugs. Continuing Medical Education credits are available.
- Law Enforcement Phlebotomy Toolkit: A Guide to Assist Law Enforcement Agencies With Planning and Implementing a Phlebotomy Program
A law enforcement phlebotomy program is a proven strategy to mitigate the time and cost issues associated with drawing blood from drivers suspected of driving while impaired (DWI) and therefore obtain the evidence necessary to prosecute impaired drivers. This toolkit provides information and resources to aid State and local law enforcement agencies in the implementation of a law enforcement phlebotomy program. The information in this toolkit is compiled from existing, successful law enforcement phlebotomy programs.
Traffic Safety Program
- State Highway Safety Office Employer Outreach Portal (2018)
The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) has entered into a cooperative agreement with NHTSA to provide State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) access to a wide variety of road safety material for distribution to employers. A dedicated SHSO web portal has been developed to provide SHSO personnel with a structured framework on how to develop and enhance employer-based road safety programs across their respective States. The portal provides easy access to a variety of useful tools and resources, including templates and sample documents used from existing SHSO employer State programs. This portal is designed to provide guidance, resources and best practices to start or expand a State’s employer-based traffic safety program.
Traffic Techs, Fact Sheets, and Research Notes
Pedestrian and Bicyclist Data Analysis (Research Note) (PDF, 1.2 MB) March 2018; DOT HS 812 205
Additional Analysis of National Child Restraint Use Special Study: Characteristics of Those Not Restrained (Research Note) (PDF, 346 KB) October 2018; DOT HS 812 477
Additional Analysis of National Child Restraint Use Special Study: Child Restraint Misuse (Research Note) (PDF, 732 KB) July 2018; DOT HS 812 527
Evaluation of Maryland’s Nighttime Seat Belt Demonstration Program (PDF, 163 KB) April 2018; DOT HS 812 473
National Traffic Speeds Survey III: 2015 (PDF, 137 KB) April 2018; DOT HS 812 489
Countermeasures That Work: Ninth Edition (PDF, 162 KB) July 2018; DOT HS 812 479
Impaired-Driving Leadership Model, Findings Based on Three State Case Studies (PDF, 120 KB) July 2018; DOT HS 812 503
Teen Driver Monitoring Technology (PDF, 238 KB) June 2018; DOT HS 812 578
Seat Belt Use in 2018 – Use Rates in the States and Territories (PDF, 258 KB) January 2019; DOT HS 812 662
Traffic Safety Facts: Large Trucks, 2017 Data (PDF, 570 KB) January 2019; DOT HS 812 663
Traffic Safety Facts: Summary of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2016 Data (PDF, 456 KB) September 2018; DOT HS 812 580
Traffic Safety Facts: Rural/Urban Comparison of Traffic Fatalities, 2016 Data (PDF, 569 KB) April 2018; DOT HS 812 521
Traffic Safety Facts: Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes – Overview, 2017 Data (PDF, 677 KB) October 2018; DOT HS 812 603
Driver Electronic Device Use in 2017, Summary of Statistical Findings (PDF, 729 KB) January 2019; DOT HS 812 665
Seat Belt Use in 2017 – Overall Results (PDF, 659 KB) April 2018; DOT HS 812 465
Traffic Safety Marketing
- Click It or Ticket/Border to Border
The 2019 national Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 20 to June 2, 2019. The enforcement period will commence with Border to Border (B2B), a one-day national seat belt awareness kickoff event coordinated by participating State Highway Safety Offices and their respective law enforcement liaisons. Agencies will join forces to provide increased seat belt enforcement at State borders, sending a zero-tolerance message to the public: Driving or riding unbuckled will result in a ticket, no matter what State you’re in.
- Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Be sure to visit the Traffic Safety Marketing website for all the new Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving, and underage drinking and driving campaign material.
- Get Up to Speed on Motorcycles
Motorists and motorcyclists can work together to save lives. To help reduce motorcycle collisions and help save lives, NHTSA has released new material to help motorists understand motorcyclists’ driving behaviors, and how to drive safely around them on our roadways. Material includes: animated banner ads, earned media, the “What They Don’t Teach You in Driving School” primer, downloadable logos, sample social media posts, web videos, and a sample website that States can use to create their own “Share the Road With Motorcyclists” campaign.
- Make sure they’re in the right car seat and buckled up.
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children under age 13. Many times, deaths and injuries can be prevented by the proper use of the right car seats. NHTSA and the Ad Council launched a new series of public service ads that highlight all the things parents do out of love for their children. It is critical that on every trip, every time, children are in the right car seat or booster seat for their age and size. The campaign material was created pro bono by Leo Burnett, and includes English and Spanish TV, radio, outdoor, and web banner ads.
- Pedestrian Safety Is a Two-Way Street – Equal Respect. Equal Responsibility.
Approximately once every 1.5 hours, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic crash. These new banner ads (static and animated) and earned media templates remind all road users that pedestrians’ safety can only be achieved by motorists and pedestrians sharing respect and responsibility for their behaviors. The earned media templates highlight the risks associated with distraction, conspicuity, and motorists speeding.
- Share the Freedom of the Open Road
Americans are increasingly riding bicycles to commute, for exercise, or just for fun. By law, bicycles on the roadway have the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles, but people’s choices, whether they are on two wheels or four, can affect the lives of those around them. New material, including static and animated banner ads, and earned media templates, remind all road users that bicyclist safety can only be achieved by motorists and bicyclists sharing respect and responsibility for their behaviors. The earned media templates highlight the risks associated with distraction, conspicuity, and motorists speeding.
- New NHTSA/Ad Council PSAs Encourage Drivers to Break Their Texting and Driving Habit (YouTube)
NHTSA announces its “Good Habit” television and radio PSAs to support the Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks. campaign, which reminds drivers that distracted driving is never acceptable. The TV PSA humorously depicts the daily life of one man who just can’t put his phone down. He stumbles through life with his eyes glued to his screen – making blunders along the way – until he gets behind the wheel and responsibly puts his phone aside. This winking creative approach acknowledges the powerful need many people feel to always keep an eye on their phone and concludes with a reminder to “text and whatever, just don’t text and drive.”
- Recall Safety Campaign
Every year, millions of vehicles are recalled for urgent safety defects, yet approximately 25 percent of them go unrepaired. You can help raise public awareness of the criticality of these recalls, importance of checking VINs for open recalls, and getting recalls fixed FOR FREE as soon as possible.
- One Text or Call Could Wreck It All
The campaign is centered on aiding law enforcement officers in their efforts to keep distracted drivers off the road. Distracted driving is a first offense in many States and continues to gain recognition across the Nation as a deadly problem.
Distracted-Driving Enforcement Strategies Course
NHTSA recently developed a new course for law enforcement officers designed to strengthen their efforts to support State distracted-driving laws.
The online course is offered by U.S. DOT’s Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) using the “Virtual Live” format. For details on how to participate in an upcoming Virtual Live session, or to discuss arranging a session dedicated to law enforcement agencies in your area, please contact your NHTSA Regional Office training coordinator.
Information about this course is also available on TSI’s Learning Management System (LMS) at https://tsi-dot.csod.com.
Online Ignition Interlock Course for Law Enforcement
This 2-hour course will equip law enforcement officers with information and resources on ignition interlock devices to assist them when they encounter a driver who has, or should have, a device installed in their vehicle. The course is hosted on International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training and is approved for continuing education credits.
Young Driver Survey: Results From Five States
Motorcyclists’ Attitudes About Using High-Visibility Gear to Improve Conspicuity
Social Media Practices in Traffic Safety
Revised Rock the Belt Toolkit (Coming summer 2019)
This is a comprehensive toolkit of evidence-based strategies geared toward increasing seat belt use by people 15 to 18 years old. It is being modified for the tween audience (8-14 year olds) and there will also be a section added for middle school parents.
Distracted-Driving Demonstration Projects: Lessons Learned (Coming summer 2019)
This is a summary document of all the enforcement, information, education, and outreach work conducted at six different demonstration sites across the country, the activities conducted and what insights and challenges the participating police agencies garnered from the project.
National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Curriculum (Anticipated release fall 2019)
The National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Curriculum has been updated and is being prepared for a national rollout. CPSTs and instructors should look for updates on progress in the CPS Express newsletter and on www.cpsboard.org.
National Digital Car Seat Check Form (Launching in 2019)
Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will have a digital option for recording their seat check event data. This tool will be available on a web-based platform and on an app for smartphones and tablets. The app does not require access to the internet during a check event. For more information, please visit www.carseatcheckform.org.
Counseling Patients on the Impairing Effects of Marijuana and Driving
This free web-based course for healthcare providers will focus on how and why they should counsel their patients on the dangers of driving while impaired by marijuana. The course will be offered at www.medscape.org/viewarticle/887329_2.
Guidelines for Community Supervision of DWI Offenders (2nd Edition) (Anticipated release fall 2019)
This report presents guidelines for criminal justice professionals, specifically probation and parole professionals, on how to effectively supervise impaired drivers. Originally published in 2008, the report has been updated, and a chapter on supervising drug-impaired drivers has been added.
Updated Saturation Patrols, Sobriety Checkpoints, and High-Visibility Enforcement Guide (Anticipated release fall 2019)
This guide is designed to provide law enforcement agencies with information on how to perform saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints to deter impaired driving. This guide will include updated information from the original 2001 guide as well as the 2006 low-staffing checkpoints guide.