Transportation Resources

Distracted Driving and Risk of Road Crashes among Novice and Experienced Drivers, Sheila G. Klauer, Ph.D., Feng Guo, Ph.D., Bruce G. Simons-Morton, Ed.D., M.P.H., Marie Claude Ouimet, Ph.D., Suzanne E. Lee, Ph.D., and Thomas A. Dingus, Ph.D. N Engl J Med 2014; 370:54-59 January 2, 2014DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsa1204142. Access the report here.

Traffic Fatalities Still on the Rise in West Texas as Drilling Surges by Tom Michael, KXWT, April 22, 2014, StateImpact Texas.  According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the oil-booming Permian Basin saw a 13 percent increase in roadside deaths from 2012-2013. Learn more here.

GAO Report: All-Terrain Vehicles: How They Are Used, Crashes, and Sales of Adult-Sized Vehicles for Children's Use GAO-10-418,  April 2010.  Among other things, GAO recommends that Commission staff resume undercover checks of dealers to check their willingness to sell adult-sized ATVs to children and consider how to enhance the agency’s ability to prevent the sale of adult-sized ATVs for use by children. Access Highlights or Full Report.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 2008 Large Truck Crash Overview, March 2010. Of the 37,261 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2008, 11% (4,229) died in crashes that involved a large truck. Another 90,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks. Only 16% of those killed and 26% of those injured were occupants of large trucks.   Access Report.  

Houston Chronicle: Hell on Houston's Highways, March 29, 2010. Each year, more than 500 of us die in fatal car crashes. Most of the time it's because we speed, we drive drunk, we change lanes recklessly. And we forever change lives. Read more.  What's up with Allen Parkway? March 29, 2010. Accidents and injuries soar, but speeding tickets there are down.  Read more.

AAJ:  Warning! Safety Violations Ahead: Motor Carrier Companies Keep Unsafe Trucks on U.S. Roads, August 2009.  More than 9 million trucks travel U.S. roads each year, and many of them are in serious violation of federal safety standards. These violations include such practices as overloading trucks, allowing unqualified or untrained drivers behind the wheel, failing to maintain tires and brakes, and salary systems that encourage truck drivers to exceed speed limits and maximum driving hours.  Learn more.

GAO: Improvements to Drug Testing Programs Could Better Identify Illegal Drug Users and Keep Them off the Road, July 2008.  Many factors contribute to the challenges of detecting drivers who are using illegal drugs and keeping them off the road until they complete the required return-to-duty (treatment) process. Access the GAO Findings.

The Truck Safety Coalition The Truck Safety Coalition is a partnership between The Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH) Foundation, and Parents Against Tired Truckers (P.A.T.T). The Truck Safety Coalition is dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by truck-related crashes, providing compassionate support to truck crash survivors and families of truck crash victims, and educating the public, policy-makers and media about truck safety issues.  Large Truck Fatalities by State, Truck Safety Coalition, March 2007

Investigative Report - Road Hazards: The Dallas Morning News  spent a year investigating safety problems involving 18-wheelers in Texas. The reporting is based on federal, state and local accident and inspection reports and databases, court records, criminal public records databases and interviews with truckers, company owners, law enforcement, lawyers, academicians and other safety experts. This series focuses on the use of felons as drivers, the harsh working conditions truckers face and the industry's political influence in shaping laws and regulations.  Read More.