speed

What states and cities can do to mitigate speeding during the pandemic

By Rayla Bellis Traffic volumes have plummeted since the pandemic. While that has led to fewer crashes overall in some states and cities, a growing number report large increases in speeding citations. In California, the number of tickets issued for driving above 100 miles per hour is 87 percent

With traffic down, Oregon DOT can move more vehicles at twice the speed

By Chris McCahill With overall traffic down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one highway in Oregon is now moving higher traffic volumes at twice the typical speed, according to an analysis by Joe Cortright at City Observatory. This might seem counterintuitive, but it perfectly illustrates the

Oregon moves toward a safer speed-limit approach

By Eric Sundquist The Oregon Transportation Commission last month approved a revised speed-limit guidance that abandons the long-standing-but-arbitrary 85th percentile rule in many cases. Instead of relying on drivers to set speeds by their behavior, the new guidance provides context-based safe

Has reduced travel during the COVID-19 crisis made streets safer?

By Rayla Bellis As more data begins to emerge, COVID-19’s impact on traffic crashes and severity is proving complicated. Collisions and fatalities have declined in many places with data available, though not everywhere. However, collision rates and injury and fatality rates appear to be up in a

Setting speed limits based on safety, not driver behavior

By Eric Sundquist The 85th percentile rule in speed limit setting—an arbitrary but longstanding convention—has begun to weaken in recent years, with new guidance now allowing for lower speeds. FHWA’s USLIMITS2, for example, allows for speeds down to the 50th percentile in certain cases. Now

Dense areas are safer but road design is critical

By Chris McCahill Dense development patterns offer important safety benefits, according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania, but high-speed roads in dense suburban centers are deadly for pedestrians. This new study confirms what others have already shown—that attention to

Safety and speed management: Speeding into a crash?

By Saumya Jain According to a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in the past 25 years 37,000 additional people have died due to increased speed limits in the United States. However, Canada is taking a very different approach to speed, as detailed in the

NTSB priority: Roadway speed management

By Eric Sundquist When it comes to speed, delay and congestion usually get more attention than the flip-side problem of excessive speed. Under statute, for example, the federal government requires agencies to track speed reliability and delay. There is no similar requirement for tracking

Speeding contributes to one-quarter of fatalities, but remains culturally acceptable

By Michael Brenneis As a vehicle’s speed increases, it’s kinetic energy increases exponentially. Should a vehicle crash, its kinetic energy is transferred, often catastrophically, into the structure of the vehicle, its occupants, other vehicles, the surrounding built environment, or nearby

Variable speed limits effective along Virginia’s foggy highways

By Chris McCahill Fog can create deadly driving conditions, particularly in mountainous areas like those along I-77 near Virginia’s southern border. Fog along the 12-mile stretch of highway has led to hundreds of crashed vehicles and several deaths over the last couple of decades. In 2016, VDOT