safety

FDOT to deploy innovative transportation technologies for increased safety

By Logan Dredske The Orlando area has received a grant of close to $12 million to utilize innovative transportation system technologies to improve the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists and to ease congestion. The grant was awarded by the Federal Highway Administration’s “Advanced

Distracted driving: a silent killer?

By Chris McCahill “Blame Apps,” read a New York Times headline from last year, referring to the recent spike in traffic deaths. Representatives from the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration called distracted driving a

Wisconsin budget amendment threatens future of bike and pedestrian facilities

By Robbie Webber The recently passed Wisconsin state budget contains an amendment that removes the ability of local communities and the state DOT to use eminent domain for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. This provision, added anonymously at the last minute and passed by the legislature

CAFE standards may be easier to meet than previously thought

By Sam Sklar Consumers might favor vehicles that accelerate a little slower, if the vehicles are also much more fuel conscious and greenhouse gas friendly. That is the conclusion of a study published in Environmental Science & Technology by researchers at Carnegie Mellon, UC-Berkeley, and

House and Senate release bills on AVs

By Alex Beckmann On Friday, September 8, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee released a draft of its automated vehicle legislation. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (Republican, South Dakota) and Senator Gary Peters (Democrat, Michigan) have been leading these

Safety benefits of pedestrian crash avoidance systems

By Logan Dredske Autonomous vehicle technology has been touted as a boon to safety, avoiding or mitigating the majority of crashes that are due to human error. Now a new report attempts to put numbers to how many pedestrian crashes could have been avoided or mitigated, and the value of

Florida is leading the nation in lowering speeds to reduce crashes; will other states follow?

By Rayla Bellis Note: This post has been changed to correct erroneous information from another source. The original post stated that speed limits would be changed. FDOT plans to change the design of some roads to encourage slower driving, but not the speed limit on existing roads. The Florida

Does legalized marijuana lead to more car crashes?

By Rayla Bellis As more states legalize recreational use of marijuana, decision makers are seeking to understand the implications for safety and public policy. A number of recent studies have examined whether states that have legalized marijuana are seeing higher incidence of car crashes and road

Safety in numbers and safety by design: A ‘virtuous cycle’

By Chris McCahill Two recent studies reiterate what makes safer walking environments: more pedestrians, according to one; and well-connected networks of local streets, according to the other. Taken together, these studies build upon growing evidence that the safety benefits of cities designed for

UConn research center sets new standard with crash data and analysis tool

By Mary Ebeling Access to current and comprehensive crash data provides essential information for anyone seeking to improve the safety of road users. At the state and local level this type of data tool is not widely available to transportation safety engineers, law enforcement, local and regional