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Traffic Safety Trends | State Legislative Action 2020

States and state legislatures have primary responsibility for establishing traffic safety laws and programs to help ensure the safety of roadway users. In 2020, state legislatures introduced over 1,400 traffic safety bills related to the 14 topic areas covered in this new report. 


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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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States Explore Oral Fluid Testing to Combat Impaired Driving

As states and law enforcement agencies explore avenues to remedy drug and alcohol testing issues, the use of oral fluids to detect drugs is gaining popularity.


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States Advance Autonomous Vehicle Policy and Technology

Catching a ride in an autonomous vehicle—once a futuristic wish—is slowly becoming a reality in the United States. Learn more about technology companies testing and operating autonomous vehicles in the U.S. and how Arizona, a leader in AVs, recently enacted legislation to codify key regulator practices to help ensure the safety of AVs. 


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State Road User Charge Toolkit

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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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.