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State Road User Charge Pilot Results and Legislative Action

Motor fuel tax receipts are projected to decline as vehicles become more fuel-efficient and electric vehicles proliferate. Learn more about the details of road user charging (RUC) activities in Missouri, New Hampshire, Oregon and Washington, with other states to be added soon. 


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NCSL Testifies to US Senate on Transportation Funding 

Douglas Shinkle, NCSL’s transportation program director, testified as part of a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on transportation funding on April 14. He outlined some of the new approaches states are taking to fund and finance needed transportation investments, such as studying and creating road user charging programs, enacting fees on electric and hybrid vehicles and using public-private partnerships for large transportation capital projects. 

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Traffic Safety Review: States Focus on Distracted Driving

Distracted driving killed at least 2,841 people in 2018. Women and young drivers are regularly overrepresented in distraction-related fatal crashes as they have the highest rates of holding phones to their ears while driving. This report examines trends in state distracted driving laws and provides a brief overview of the current status of research regarding the impacts of the new laws.



State Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) | 2020 Legislation

At least eight states—Florida, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Vermont and Virginia—enacted 11 pieces of legislation in 2020 addressing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as drones. 


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2020 Key Enacted 911 Legislation

Twenty-seven states enacted 59 bills in 2020, to support and improve the operation of public emergency communications services. Legislatures around the country enacted bills tackling false 911 calls, increasing or adapting 911 fees and surcharges, ensuring resilient and reliable operation of public safety answering points and more!


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Transportation Legislation Tracking Databases

NCSL’s Transportation Program bill tracking databases, Traffic Safety | Funding and Finance and Autonomous Vehicles | have information about transportation-related bills that have been introduced in the 50 states and D.C.


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Transportation and Traffic Safety Podcasts 

"Our American States" has hosted several conversations on transportation and traffic safety topics, including drug and alcohol-impaired driving, school bus safety, distracted driving and transportation accessibility. Find all the transportation-related podcasts here.