The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced new steps to address the unique traffic safety conditions during the national public health emergency that began last spring, including emptier roads, faster speeds, and increased driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
For EMS, this can mean responding to more frequent and more severe crashes as well as facing more dangerous situations while working on the scene of these incidents.
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Working with modal partners within the U.S. Department of Transportation, as well as researchers, traffic safety advocates, state and local transportation officials, and law enforcement, NHTSA will host a series of workshops to discuss emerging trends and develop effective countermeasures.
NHTSA will host a webinar to provide an overview of these issues on October 1 at 1 p.m. Click here to register. Four additional virtual workshops with stakeholders will take place during October.
“NHTSA continues to gather facts about reports of increased risky driving behavior on our nation’s roads since the beginning of the national health emergency,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Owens. “We’re committed to working with our stakeholders, especially state and local traffic safety officials and law enforcement, to increase education and enforcement to prioritize roadway safety during the pandemic.”