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Race and class disparities in driver’s license suspension and consequences in California

By Bill Holloway Driver’s license suspension, at least in California, is highly correlated with race and income. Ninety two percent of zip codes with higher than average license suspension rates due to failure to pay (FTP) or failure to appear (FTA) for previous infractions have below average

Vision Zero spreads across the U.S.

By Robbie Webber In 1997, Sweden undertook a road safety project with an ambitious goal: No traffic fatalities or serious injuries. A core principle of Vision Zero was that, “Life and health can never be exchanged for other benefits within the society.” This is in contrast to the cost-benefit

Children killed in DUI crashes likely to be in car with drunk driver

By Robbie Webber Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children under 15 years of age, and drunk driving is involved in about one-fifth of these crashes. However, contrary to common perception, the child is likely to be riding in the same car as the drunk driver, and the rate of

Notice any suspicious people while you were driving today?

By Bill Holloway A recent study by researchers at the University of Surrey, England, finds that people traveling through urban areas by car have more extreme positive and negative perceptions of their surroundings and people in the area than those traveling by foot, with the views of transit

Moving Off the Road: State-by-State Analysis of the National Decline in Driving (USPIRG, 2013)

The decline in both per capita and total VMT has been noted in many contexts, but some have doubted that the decline will last once the economy recovers. Is the end of the “driving boom” a lasting trend, or just a short dip? The fifty states plus the District of Columbia offer a

Buses, rail, and airlines compete for short-distance intercity travel

By Robbie Webber For trips between 100 and 500 miles, express buses, trains, and airlines are all vying for customers and contemplating the future of these shorter trips. At the same time, drivers are seeking relief from crowded highways and high gas prices. Add in the desire of travelers to be

Highway congestion highest on Friday afternoon

By Eric Sunquist Car commuters in most large metro areas face the highest level of highway congestion on Friday afternoon, according to Inrix data provided to Governing magazine. In Los Angeles – the city with the worst traffic – a 30-minute auto trip in traffic-free conditions becomes a

“War on cars” (or bicycles) isn’t new

By Robbie Webber A recent NPR story asked if there was really a “war on cars.” This idea seems to appear in newspaper comments, on radio talk shows, and as opinion pieces whenever funding is moved from highway capacity expansion to transit, parking fees are raised, or street right of way is

Getting Results: SRTS Programs That Reduce Speeding and Distracted Driving (National Center for Safe Routes to School, 2012)

The second installment in the “Getting Results” series on getting and measuring results with SRTS programs. To read more about measuring and evaluating the results of an SRTS program, see the publications: Getting Results: SRTS Programs That Reduce Traffic and Getting Results: SRTS

Ecodriving and Carbon Footprinting: Understanding How Public Education Can Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Use (Mineta Transportation Institute, 2012)

Ecodriving is a collection of changes to driving behavior and vehicle maintenance designed to impact fuel consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in existing vehicles. Because of its promise to improve fuel economy within the existing fleet, ecodriving has gained increased attention in