Electronics top distractions for teen drivers
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A new study of teen driving behavior has found that the use of electronic devices is the leader among distracted driving behaviors, and that teenage girls are twice as likely as boys to use cellphones or other electronic devices while driving. More
NTSB chief: Technology makers share blame for distracted driving
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The top U.S. transportation safety investigator criticized companies such as Intel Corp. that are investing in in-car information technology, saying they're slowing efforts to reduce hazards from distracted driving. "If the technology producers focused more on what is safe, than what sells, we'd see highway fatalities go down," National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said recently as she convened a distracted-driving forum in Washington. More
Related: NTSB pushes proposal to bar hands-free calls by drivers
Survey: Rising fuel prices will alter travel plans
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Rising gasoline prices are likely to make business and leisure travelers alter their travel plans this summer, a survey to be released today by the U.S. Travel Association finds. More than half, 54 percent, of leisure travelers who planned to travel by car say higher fuel prices would affect their plans. A smaller percentage, 26.8 percent, of business travelers would reconsider their plans. It would take an increase of at least 26 cents to $1.25 a gallon for travelers to alter their behavior. More
Obama administration trying to curb distracted driving among public transit employees
The Hill Share
The Federal Transit Administration recently said it is partnering with the Florida Department of Transportation in an effort to reduce distracted driving among employees of public transit systems. The FTA and the FDOT said they were releasing an 30-minute instructional course for transit employees that it hopes will remind public transportation drivers of the dangers of distracted driving. More
Women bicycling across US for Safe Routes to School
U.S. Department of Transportation Fastlane Share
Safe Routes to School is a Federal Highway Administration program dedicated to making it easier for students to walk or bike to school by addressing the safety risks associated with walking and riding a bike. In 1969, 50 percent of all school children walked or rode a bike to school, but by 2005 that number was down to just 15 percent. More
House, Senate extend US highway programs through June
House and Senate lawmakers voted to extend U.S. highway programs through June 30, averting a shutdown of construction projects and the furlough of 3,500 federal-government workers. The temporary measure now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. More
Robo-readers: The new teachers' helper in the US
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American high school students are terrible writers, and one education reform group thinks it has an answer: robots. Or, more accurately, robo-readers computers programmed to scan student essays and spit out a grade. The theory is that teachers would assign more writing if they didn't have to read it. And the more writing students do, the better at it they'll become even if the primary audience for their prose is a string of algorithms. More
School bus catches fire in Wilmington
It was a close call for some Delaware school children who had a lesson in fire safety recently, but it was no drill; the school bus they were on caught fire. A quick thinking school bus driver managed to get children to safety. More
Keeping LGBT students safe from bullying
The Washington Times Share
America's parents are worried. Every day, moms and dads watch their children go to school hoping that they will learn what they need to become happy and productive members of society. But with a recent high profile string of teen suicides linked to harassment in public schools, parents are also worrying about their children's safety in ways they never have before. More
The cost of fuel keeps inching up
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The cost of diesel and gasoline kept on climbing over the past week, though not as fast as earlier in the month, largely because crude oil prices continue rising, according to the Energy Information Administration. More
Texas schools get on board with school bus ads
Bowie County Schools' hopes are now riding on school bus ads to raise funds in the face of rising transportation costs and state budget cuts. "It's been 27 years since the state has increased the funding for public school transportation," says Bowie County Transportation Department Director Jim Norman. More
Meet us in the Land of Blues & BBQ!
Save the dates for our 38th NAPT Annual Conference & Trade Show, which will be held in Memphis, Tenn., from Oct. 20-25, 2012.
This year's Summit will feature 50 different workshops, live action special events, a 100,000-square-foot trade show with 150 vendors and top notch speakers.
Hotel reservations for the Memphis Marriott Downtown can be accessed here for the $135 NAPT rate.
EXHIBITOR PACKET — Click here for exhibitor information.
MEMPHIS MAP & TOURIST GUIDE: To flip the pages, click the corners of the booklet and plan where you'd like to go!
See you in Memphis!
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