Safe Driving

Every family, individual and business in the country relies on our nation’s roadways. We expect 100% safe operations on our ships, planes and trains, but we still lose 100 lives every day on our roads.

More than 40,000 people lose their lives in vehicle crashes each year, and each of these deaths is preventable. We focus on doubling down on what works, advancing technology and creating a roadway safety culture to save lives.


Unveiled a broad Partners for Automated Vehicle Education coalition (PAVE) at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to inform the public about automated vehicles and their potential; coalition partners include AAA, American Public Transportation Association, Audi of America, Aurora, Consumer Technology Association, Cruise Automation, Daimler, INRIX, Intel, Mobileye, Munich RE, National Council on Aging, National Federation of the Blind, NVIDIA, SAE International, Securing America’s Future Energy, Toyota, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Volkswagen, Voyage, Waymo and Zoox

Engaged with more than 8,500 people during public outreach events for the Check to Protect recall campaign by visiting military bases, NASCAR races, minor league baseball games and other community events

Hosted a roundtable discussion for Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-8th) on distracted driving at NSC headquarters

Improved the DriveitHOME online experience to better engage employers, employees and parents on teen safe driving practices

Adopted a new policy position regarding a safe systems approach to road safety in local, state, federal and private sectors

Participated in the AAA- and Governors Highway Safety Association-sponsored drug-impaired driving policy forum to explore solutions to prescription and over-the-counter drug impaired driving

Participated in a Cook County Sheriff’s Office press conference announcing Operation Deadly Distractions, a high-visibility distracted driving enforcement campaign

Secured Airbag Recall Repair Month proclamations in South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi through continued partnerships with state DMVs, law enforcement and automobile dealerships


Testified before the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Highways and Transit Subcommittee hearing on transportation safety, communicating NSC priorities for the surface reauthorization bill

Secured inclusion of language supporting the Road to Zero Coalition in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate FY20 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill

Supported legislative efforts to lower the legal BAC to from .08 to .05 in California, New York, Michigan and Oregon

Kicked off Distracted Driving Awareness Month in partnership with the Emergency Responder Safety Institute by sharing findings from a public opinion poll on distracted driving around first responders and holding a press event including Miami Fire Department and Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association

Developed and released in partnership with AAA, Consumer Reports and J.D. Power new nomenclature for advanced driver assistance technologies

Recognized Randall E. Beaty with the 2019 Robert F. Borkenstein Award for his significant contributions to the field of alcohol testing, resulting in safer roads and workplaces

Awarded the 2019 Road to Zero Safe System Innovation grants to Clackamas County Department of Transportation and Development, Michigan State University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Sara’s Wish Foundation, Nevada Highway Patrol, University of South Florida Center for Urban Transportation Research and the City of North Miami Beach

Grew the Check To Protect coalition from two to six automakers – nearly one-third of the industry; new partners Nissan, Volvo, Ford and General Motors, along with existing partners FCA US and Toyota, have pledged a total of about $1.3 million to fund the recall-awareness campaign since its launch in 2017

Received a $125,000 grant from GM to create and disseminate teen driving safety materials for DriveitHOME

Received approval from Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles for the NSC Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving (ADD) as the sole curriculum for the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program

Secured approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Bureau of Driver Licensing and New Mexico Department of Transportation that allows State Farm Insurance customers who take NSC Defensive Driving Courses to receive insurance discounts

Received a driver safety program contract to provide NSC Online Defensive Driving courses for the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles