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Maryland’s 911 System Goes Modern

The U.S. 911 system receives over 240 million calls each year according to the National Emergency Number Association, at least 80% from wireless devices. The 911 system celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, but the technology used in most states is outdated and inefficient.

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Using TIM to Minimize Traffic Delays

Traffic incident management, or TIM, isn’t the most common of transportation safety terms, but it’s gaining acceptance as an important part of an efficiently functioning transportation system.

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Time Passages: Could Clock-Switching Be on the Way Out?

Our national, twice yearly ritual of changing clocks occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday, as the official national time shifts from daylight saving time (DST) back to standard time, except for those places that stay on standard time year-round, namely Arizona (except for the Navajo Nation), Hawaii,  American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Moving Forward With Autonomous Vehicles

Nashville—As autonomous vehicles move closer to merging into traffic lanes on the nation’s roadways, regulations and standards implemented by states likely loom as large as what engineers build into the dashboard.

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Juicing Up for Electric Vehicles

With 3 million electric vehicles sold in the United States last year, there’s increasing evidence that American drivers are ready for electric vehicles. But is our electric system ready for them?

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Slowing Down Bad Behavior on the Roadways

Drinking and driving, talking or texting on a phone, eating or drinking, playing with the stereo or navigation system—the variety of risky behaviors on our roadways is seemingly endless.

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School Bus Safety On and Off the Bus

The federal role in improving school bus safety was the focus of a hearing last week by the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

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With Gas Tax Tank Emptying, a Look at Road Usage Charges

The gas tax isn’t dead, but its actuarial table is in the tank. And the tank is trending toward empty.

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Dealing With Polysubstance Impaired Driving

Polydrug use, primarily alcohol and marijuana, has spiked 300% since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2013.

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Webinar Thursday: New Transportation Technology—Avoiding a Patchwork

The question of how drones should be regulated is at the top of legislators minds. Join us to hear from two experts about what these, and other key updates mean for drones in 2019 and beyond. 

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.