What’s stopping automated speed enforcement?

By Bill Holloway Blink. I thought I saw a flash of light from a small box on the side of the highway but couldn’t be sure. It was our introduction to France’s automated speed enforcement system. Several weeks after returning from our vacation, we received a traffic citation in the mail from

Can the United States achieve zero road fatalities?

By Chris Spahr In 1997, the Swedish parliament wrote into law a “Vision Zero” plan with the goal of completely eliminating road fatalities and injuries. And in 2013, only 264 people died in road crashes in Sweden. This amounted to only three of every 100,000 Swedes who die in car crashes

Rise in 2012 pedestrian-bicycle traffic deaths prompts call for safety metrics

By Robbie Webber Traffic fatalities in the U.S. are up for the first time since 2005, according to 2012 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But the increases are not rising evenly across modes. Even as fatalities of drivers and passengers in private autos continue to

Improved walking environments can benefit mental health

By Robbie Webber For years doctors have been telling us that being physically active is one of the best strategies for staying healthy. And the benefits are not just from running or working up a sweat at the gym; something as simple as a brisk walk can significantly improve health. Now medical

Road traffic injuries leading cause of fatalities among 10-24 year-olds

By Bill Holloway Every year 1.3 million people die on the world’s roads, while another 50 million are injured. Among people 10 to 24 years old worldwide, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death. Among children 5 to 14 years old, road traffic injuries cause more deaths than

New map shows each 2001-2009 traffic fatality with a dot

A powerful new map shows each of the 369,629 motor vehicle passenger (including the driver), motorcyclist, bicyclist, and pedestrian fatalities in the US from 2001-2009 with a color-coded dot per fatality. Each dot also gives the age and gender of the victim. By zooming in on an area, roadways

Transportation and health: Policy interventions for safer, healthier people and communities

A newly published report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Partnership for Prevention, in conjunction with Booz Allen Hamilton and the Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC) at UC Berkeley examines the impact of transportation policies in three critical