David Strickland
Actor
David Strickland
David Gordon Strickland, Jr. was an American television actor best known for playing the boyish rock music reporter Todd Stites in the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan before committing suicide on March 22, 1999.
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Former top U.S. transportation officials head to private sector
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Ray LaHood, the former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, will join a Washington, D.C-based advocacy group, where he will push for Congress to fund improvements in the nation's roads, bridges, airports, rails and ports. Separately, David Strickland, who lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration until last month, will join a Washington law firm. Building America's Future named LaHood as co-chairman, alongside billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who just ended three terms as mayor of New York City, and former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell. LaHood, 68, was President Barack Obama's transportation chief from 2009 until July 2013, and is a former Republican congressman from Illinois.
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US looks to curb highway deaths through drunk-driving prevention technology
Yahoo News - over 3 years
US highway deaths increased in 2012 for the first time since 2005, prompting the US government to say it would speed up research on safety systems that would keep drunk drivers from getting on the road. According to a report from the Associated Press, highway fatalities increased to 33,561 in 2012 — to bring the figure back down, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is calling for automakers to include the safety systems found in higher-end cars in more and more of the vehicles they manufacture.  "We need a new vision and a new blend of technological research to address some of the most significant and persistent threats to American motorists," said NHTSA head David Strickland. Specific innovations that the NHTSA would like to see automakers roll out to more vehicles include collision detection — a system that warns drivers before they run into another vehicle. The agency also wants a new alcohol-detection system that differs from current options which force convi ...
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Jeep Recall Leaves Owners Worried About Safety
Huffington Post - over 3 years
DETROIT -- A deal between the government and Chrysler over Jeeps linked to deadly fires isn't sitting well with many Jeep owners and auto safety advocates. In early June, after a nearly three-year investigation, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration recommended that Chrysler recall 2.7 million older Jeep SUVs because the fuel tanks could rupture, leak and cause fires in rear-end crashes. But last week, after talks between outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, the agency compromised, letting Chrysler limit the recall to about 1.5 million vehicles. The agreement removed about 1.2 million Jeep Grand Cherokees, model years 1999 to 2004, from the recall, leaving some owners confused about the safety of their vehicles. Chrysler argued that those Jeeps have a different design than the ones it agreed to recall and are as safe as comparable models from other automakers. The about-face has confused people lik ...
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Chrysler refuses Jeep recall, saying fuel tanks are safe
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
Carmaker has been asked by US road safety authority the NHTSA to recall certain models after fires and deaths Chrysler is refusing to recall 2.7m older-model Jeeps, saying that US regulators' concerns about the vehicles' fuel tanks causing fires and deaths are ill-founded. In a 3 June letter to Chrysler, US road safety authority the NHTSA said an investigation had revealed "numerous fire-related deaths and injuries, fires that did not lead to deaths and fuel leaks in rear impacts". The agency said in the 13-page letter that 51 people have been killed in rear-end crashes and fires involving Grand Cherokee and Liberty vehicles. The NHTSA is seeking to recall the Jeep Grand Cherokee for model years 1993 to 2004 and the Jeep Liberty model years 2002 to 2007. The agency says the models have fuel tanks behind the axle that leave them less protected in the event of a rear-end collision and could potentially cause a fuel leak and lead to fire. Chrysler, the US carmaker majority-owned by ...
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Guardian (UK) article
Gov't to examine technology for automated cars
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Gov't to examine technology for automated cars Associated Press Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 1:40 p.m., Tuesday, October 23, 2012 WASHINGTON (AP) — Cars that drive themselves may hold the potential to save thousands of lives, an Obama administration safety official said Tuesday, as the government prepares to launch a research initiative to determine the safety and reliability of automated driving technologies. Automated vehicles are the next "evolutionary step" in car technology, David Strickland, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, told an industry gathering sponsored by Swedish automaker Volvo and the Swedish Embassy in Washington. The kinds of automated cars Google and most automakers envision eventually bringing to market involve the driver ceding control of the vehicle to its computers — feet o ...
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Child Safety Begins With The Right Car Seat
Campbell Patch - over 4 years
  With the school year well under way in Campbell and nearby communities, many parents are driving kids to school each day. While children 12 and older are usually okay wearing only safety belts while riding in a car, it’s a different story for their younger siblings. Infants, toddlers and pre-teens should be secured in a child safety seat every time they ride in a car. And for good reason: according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration figures, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 through 12. From 2006 to 2010, NHTS said 4,028 children aged 12 and younger were killed in crashes involving passenger vehicles. Another estimated 660,000 children were injured in crashes -- a figure greater than the entire population of Seattle. "Safety is our top priority for everyone on our roadways, and we're calling on parents to do everything they can to protect our most vulnerable passengers," U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in ...
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Kate Carr: Three Tragic Deaths Remind Us to Never Leave a Child Alone in a Car
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The alarm to parents and caregivers to never leave a child alone in a car sounded louder last week after three more children died of heatstroke in cars. As summer temperatures reach record highs across the country, these preventable tragedies remind us to be even more vigilant to prevent heatstroke from killing another child. Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children under the age of 14. Since 1998, 545 children across the United States have died in cars from heatstroke, including 18 children this year. More than half of these deaths occur when a driver forgets that the child is in the car. Experts will tell you this can happen to anybody. Our busy lifestyles create enough stress to trigger mental "lapses," which can bury a thought and cause your brain to go on autopilot. The lapses can affect something as simple as misplacing your keys or something as crucial as forgetting a baby. Almost 30 percent of the time, children get int ...
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Study: Aftermarket devices not preventing child deaths in hot cars
Chicago Times - over 4 years
Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle-related deaths among children under 14, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and a new study has found that aftermarket products designed to prevent kids from accidentally being left in a hot car aren't working. NHTSA and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia joined forces to test several monitoring products that connect to a child-safety seat. The systems, which alert parents that they may have unintentionally left a child in a parked vehicle, are unreliable in preventing heatstroke, the study found. The products range from weight- and force-sensing pads placed in the child seat to temperature-sensitive clips attached to the seat. The study took issue with what it calls "reminder technology" systems for a variety of problems, including inconsistent signal strength, interference from other electronic devices, susceptibility to spill damage and the device becoming disarmed by a slumping or mis-positioned c ...
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NHTSA, lcoal child safety advocate issue child heatstroke alert
Business & Heritage - Clarksvill - over 4 years
On June 26, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office joined with Tennessee Hwy Patrol and Vanderbilt University Children’s Hospital personnel to  issue a public alert on the dangers of high heat in closed vehicles and its impact on children. With temperatures rising as summer takes hold, TDOT  joined with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Children’s Advocate at Vanderbilt University Children’s Hospital in an effort to raise awareness to the dangers of child heatstroke in hot cars. David Strickland, Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) joined with local safety advocates, health professionals, and concerned citizens to discuss ways to prevent child deaths and injuries in hot vehicles.  At least 18 Tennessee children have lost their lives to vehicular heatstroke since 1998, with most deaths occurring among children ages 3 and younger. Strickland was joined by Kendell Poole, Director, Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office, Captain Danny Talley, ...
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Business & Heritage - Clarksvill article
Talking Cars May Help People Avoid Crashes
News Factor Business Report - over 4 years
As a safety demonstration, it was a heart-stopper: A Ford Taurus was seconds away from cruising through an intersection when suddenly a row of red lights pulsed on the lower windshield and a warning blared that another car was approaching fast on the cross street. Braking quickly, the driver stopped just as the second car, previously unseen behind a large parked truck, barreled through a red light and across the Ford's path. The display at a recent transportation conference was a peek into the future of automotive safety: cars that to talk to each other and warn drivers of impending collisions. Later this summer, the government is launching a yearlong, real-world test involving nearly 3,000 cars, trucks and buses using volunteer drivers in Ann Arbor, Mich. The vehicles will be equipped to continuously communicate over wireless networks, exchanging information on location, direction and speed 10 times a second with other similarly equipped cars within about 1,000 feet. A computer ...
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The future of automotive safety: Cars that talk to each other to prevent crashes
Fox News - over 4 years
As a safety demonstration, it was a heart-stopper: A Ford Taurus was seconds away from cruising through an intersection when suddenly a row of red lights pulsed on the lower windshield and a warning blared that another car was approaching fast on the cross street. Braking quickly, the driver stopped just as the second car, previously unseen behind a large parked truck, barreled through a red light and across the Ford's path. The display at a recent transportation conference was a peek into the future of automotive safety: cars that to talk to each other and warn drivers of impending collisions. Later this summer, the government is launching a yearlong, real-world test involving nearly 3,000 cars, trucks and buses using volunteer drivers in Ann Arbor, Mich. The vehicles will be equipped to continuously communicate over wireless networks, exchanging information on location, direction and speed 10 times a second with other similarly equipped ...
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Safety regulator wants to accelerate vehicle-to-vehicle communication
Nashua Telegraph - almost 5 years
DETROIT – Technology allowing vehicles to communicate with each other on the road could eliminate up to 80 percent of crashes, National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland said Thursday in Detroit. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication “really has a tremendous amount of promise to save lives,” Strickland said in a keynote address at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress at Detroit’s Cobo Center. Strickland said NHTSA is working with automakers and other government agencies to accelerate the introduction of connected-vehicle technology like crash warning systems and lane departure alerts. The results of an ongoing study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, which is testing vehicle communication technology, would guide the agency’s next steps. “The next North Star is keeping the crash from ever happening in the first place,” Strickland said. “We are hard at work from a research standpoint at figuring out the systems that have promis ...
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Nashua Telegraph article
ASBC Relaunches SchoolBusFacts.com Website for Parental Outreach
School Transportation News - almost 5 years
A 20-mile, round-trip school bus commute saves about $420 annually for each student who rides the bus. That equals about $10.9 billion nationwide — just a few facts contained on the redesigned website launched today by the American School Bus Council and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The rejuvenated SchoolBusFacts.com allows the student transportation community to distribute materials nationally that promote the benefits of the American yellow school bus as well as drive traffic to the new site. Its new slogan, "My Choice, Their Ride...," is prominently displayed on the home page. NHTSA partnered with ASBC with this national outreach campaign and launched the website for the first time last fall. The website went live in November following an appearance by NHTSA Administrator David Strickland at the NAPT Summit and concurrent NASDPTS annual conference in Cincinnati. As before, the website includes graphics from the NHTSA campaign that include v ...
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School Transportation News article
DOT Responds To Petition For Reconsideration of Ruling on Vehicle Side Impact ... - Targeted News Service (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
25 -- The US Department of Transportation has issued a notice of corrected federal motor vehicle safety standards in response to a petition for reconsideration, according to Administrator David Strickland. The Federal Register notice further explains:
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Feds Begin Connected Vehicle Testing - Wired News
Google News - over 5 years
NHTSA administrator David Strickland says V2V could be a “game changer” for safety, and it's easy to see why. While existing active safety systems can only respond to immediate threats, connected cars can prevent otherwise unforeseen accidents through
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Parents warn others of hot cars' dangers - The Augusta Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
Eighty percent of such incidents are unintentional, according to David Strickland, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one agency that is sending representatives across the country to raise awareness
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University of Michigan to study vehicle communication system on Ann Arbor streets - Detroit Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
"We envision connected-vehicle technology as a platform to save many lives on America's roads and foster innovations we've yet to imagine -- a game-changer for vehicle safety," David Strickland, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Strickland
    TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Age 29
    After checking into Room 20 of the Oasis Motel in Las Vegas, Strickland consumed several bottles of beer, hanged himself with a bed sheet over the ceiling beam, and died during the morning hours of March 22, 1999.
    More Details Hide Details His body was discovered by a hotel desk clerk. Evidence of drug use was found in his room. The Clark County Coroner concluded that Strickland's body bore the marks of a previous suicide attempt. After much discussion, the writers of Suddenly Susan decided to deal with Strickland's death directly. In the show's third season finale, Todd fails to appear at work one day. When Susan (portrayed by Brooke Shields) calls Todd regarding tickets to a show, his pager vibrates on his desk. Susan spends the day searching for Todd, after learning for the first time about a number of good deeds he had done throughout his life. The episode ends when the police visit Susan and her office staff, and the details of his fate are left ambiguous. The episode is interspersed with out-of-character interviews with Shields and the show's supporting cast.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Born
    Born on October 14, 1969.
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