safety

Places with most crash exposure also fear enforcement bias

By Eric Sundquist Low-income and minority Americans face a dilemma: They are disproportionately victimized by our transportation system. And while law enforcement could help, those same Americans are subject to profiling and fines that can lead to economic ruin. SSTI’s mid-November Community of

Nighttime pedestrian fatalities soar

By Robbie Webber Although we are now past Halloween—the night of the year with the highest number of pedestrian crashes—we still have work to do on improving the safety of walking at night. While other crash types have gone down, pedestrian and bicycle crashes continue to rise, and crashes

More sharp curves make roads safer

By Michael Brenneis Unlike other risk factors such as speed or impairment—where more is not safer—increasing the number of sharp curves on a road segment appears to lower the risk of crashing, according to a new paper in the journal Accident Analysis & Prevention. Curves carry a level of

Parents don’t always agree with practitioners about safe cycling routes for kids

by Rayla Bellis Bicycle Level of Traffic Stress (LTS), a system for rating bicycle routes from low- to high-stress based on factors like vehicle speed and separation from traffic, has been gaining traction nationwide as an approach for identifying needed investments, evaluating the overall

New study shows cataract surgery improves driving safety

By Yicong Yang Although alcohol, speeding, and distracted driving are the major sources of injuries and fatalities on the road, being able to see well cannot be underestimated. As drivers age, the occurrence of cataracts increases, and they can be a significant barrier to safe driving. A new

Auto-braking is becoming more common, but the tech is still evolving

By Eric Sundquist One hope for reversing the growing death toll among pedestrians and cyclists lies in technology that senses crashes before they happen and avoids them. In 2015, NHTSA, with support from the insurance industry, reached an agreement with most automakers to ramp up installation of

Bellevue, WA, plans to use AI to leverage cameras for safety

by Michael Brenneis Agencies that aspire to achieve zero traffic fatalities need to know where to invest for the biggest crash reductions. Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are allowing DOTs to leverage their existing camera technology in order to extract large quantities of data that can

It’s not distracted walking that is killing NYC pedestrians

By Michael Brenneis “[NYC]DOT found little concrete evidence that device-induced distracted walking contributes significantly to pedestrian fatalities and injuries.” So concludes a recent report examining whether device-distracted walkers are killing themselves by stepping out in front of

People weigh risk versus convenience in whether to use pedestrian bridges

By Chris McCahill Pedestrian bridges may help keep people away from heavy traffic, but only if people are willing to use them. And that often isn’t the case, according to a new study in Accident Analysis & Prevention. People will cross at street level to avoid tall or narrow, constrained

AAA: Red light running is killing us

By Robbie Webber The AAA Foundation reports that fatalities due to red light running is at a 10-year high, and more than half of the deaths were outside the offending car, including pedestrians, bicyclists, and those in other cars. In 2017, the last full year for which statistics are available,