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Background Research

Below you will find links to various Web pages. These pages are an introduction to transportation safety. Please navigate through these links and pay attention to the information contained in the pages. Under the link for the page is the information students should pay special attention to while browsing the page. At the end of the lesson you will be tested on the information contained in these pages. Please be sure to fill out your study sheet as you do the lesson.

Transportation Safety Links

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a governmental agency, part of the Department of Transportation, responsible for setting safety standards and ensuring that vehicle manufacturers comply with these standards. It also issues guidelines for consumers, and publishes the results of automobile safety tests. The NHTSA was created in 1966 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Act, in response to a report, "Accidental Death and Disability - The Neglected Disease of Modern Society." NHTSA's original mission was to establish standards for emergency services in the United States.

  1. Analysis of speed related traffic crashes.
  2. Read browse the New Driver Issues section.
  3. Review the Child Passenger Safety Program.


The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent governmental organization, formed in1967,that is responsible for investigation of accidents involving aviation, highway, marine, pipelines and railroads in the US.)

  1. History and Mission.
  2. Most wanted list of safety improvements.

NTSB - Lessons learned and lives saved.

NTSB Inspired safety advances (pages 15-22). Pay special attention to highway-related improvements.


NCSA logo.

The National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA)

  1. Review the site as a good source for data related to crashes.
  2. Review the 'Did You Know' pages.

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