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COVID-19 Appears to Exacerbate Risky Driving Behaviors

A couple of months after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., traffic safety experts expressed concern over what they were seeing on the country’s streets and highways. While many Americans were homebound by stay-at-home orders, road fatalities were not decreasing at the expected rate.

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States Ramp Up Road User Charging Pilots and Studies

Statehouses have been at the forefront of considering road user charges (RUC) since Oregon enacted the first bill to study RUC as a potential replacement for the gas tax in 2001. This is perhaps fitting given Oregon created the nation’s first gas tax over a century ago in 1919.

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NCSL Kicks Off Project to Expand Understanding of Road User Charging

Since the early 2000s, states have been at the forefront of discussions to explore possible replacements for the motor fuel tax.

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Protecting Kids From Hot Cars

Between 1998 and 2019 an average of  39 children died each year of vehicular heatstroke in the U.S.,  a total of 854 preventable premature deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes, heatstroke is one of the leading causes of vehicular non-crash-related deaths among children.

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ADA and Transportation Accessibility

As the United States celebrates the 30th anniversary of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, it is illuminating to look at the current status of transportation and mobility for Americans with disabilities.

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Drones Aiding Fight Against COVID-19

A small, but growing corps of so-called “pandemic drones” have helped deliver food, medicine and enforce social distancing measures.

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Driving Down, but Speeding Up During COVID-19 Crisis

Anecdotal evidence suggested that extreme speeding was on the rise even through fewer cars were in the roads. In several states, police started seeing an increase in excessive speeds primarily on highways, but also on city streets. In Colorado, one person was caught going 128 mph in a 55-mph zone. 

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State DOTs Helping Truckers Address Supply Chain Disruptions Amidst COVID-19

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, truck drivers have gone into overdrive to ensure the safe and speedy shipment of essential items such as food, medicine and medical supplies.

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The coronavirus pandemic has significantly affected first responders across America as some 911 call centers experience a record number of calls and frontline workers grapple with new and unknown circumstances.

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FAST Act Reauthorization Crucial, Storey Tells AASHTO

It is crucial that Congress reauthorize the FAST Act, the current federal authorization for surface transportation, which expires Sept. 30, NCSL Executive Director Tim Storey told the winter meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Thursday in Washington, D.C.

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