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November/December 2014 Issue

Bicyclist, pedestrian deaths climbing

To reduce the growing number of pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has launched an 18-month campaign to assess the safety of roads across the country.

Despite declines in motor vehicle crash deaths, injuries and fatalities of pedestrians and bicyclists have steadily increased since 2009. From 2011 to 2012, pedestrian deaths rose 6 percent and bicyclist fatalities went up almost 7 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2012, more than 5,000 pedestrians and bicyclists across the country were killed in crashes with motor vehicles.

“Safety is our highest priority and that commitment is the same regardless of which form of transportation people choose, including walking and biking,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who has declared pedestrian and bicyclist safety as a top priority for the DOT.

The campaign will begin with road safety assessments conducted by DOT field offices in every state and will produce resources to help communities build streets that are safer for people walking, bicycling, and taking public transportation. The comprehensive plan also will address education and vehicle safety, and will involve local officials, advocacy groups, and safety organizations.

Vehicle recalls now available via online tool

Discovering if your car or a used vehicle that you plan to purchase has any recalls is now just a few keystrokes away.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has unveiled a free online search tool consumers can use to find out if a vehicle is directly impacted by a recall. The new tool is available on www.safercar.gov/vinlookup and provides consumers with a quick and easy way to identify uncompleted recalls by entering their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). All major light vehicle and motorcycle brands can be searched.

Consumers can find their VIN by looking at the dashboard on the driver’s side of the vehicle, or on the driver’s side door on the door post where the door latches.

 


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