Traffic Safety


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traffic safety older drivers
News March 14, 2018
A report released by nonprofit transportation research group TRIP finds fatalities in traffic crashes involving drivers 65 years old or older increased 22% from 2012 to 2016.   The number of seniors killed in those crashes increased by 16% nationwide. The TRIP report identified Florida as having...
Copenhagen bikeways

Copenhagen has hundreds of miles of separated bikeways built next to their sidewalks.

Article March 12, 2018
U.S. travelers to many European cities often note the very large number of bicyclists of all ages and abilities. Indeed, bicycles are used for nearly half of urban trips in cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Another notable feature of these cities is their extensive network of infrastructure...
Ill. DOT gets TIGER grant to aid I-57 safety
News March 08, 2018
A federal grant has been awarded to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to help to make I-57 safer near the town of Marion.   In a news release from Democratic U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, it was announced that IDOT was awarded a $7.6 million TIGER grant for...
LaneGard 3 Folding Type III Barricade is designed for emergency road closures.

LaneGard 3 Folding Type III Barricade is designed for emergency road closures.

Case Studies March 07, 2018
After a storm hit northeastern Ohio on March 1, 2018, an estimated 80,000 people lost electrical power as a result. High winds, gusting as strong as 50 mph, brought many power lines down, and numerous road closures were reported throughout the area. The storm, severe enough to earn its own name,...
Active traffic management signage debuts on U.S. 95 in Las Vegas
News March 06, 2018
Downtown Las Vegas is one of the most congested urban areas in the nation. But Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) officials hope to crack the traffic crunch with a series of digital active traffic management signs, which are set to go live today.   Some 300,000 vehicles travel through the U...
solar-powered pavement markers

Image: Idaho Transportation Department

News March 02, 2018
The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is piloting new wireless technology aimed at shedding some light on the state’s darkest highways with the first 100 of an eventual 700 solar-powered pavement markers.   Last month, state employees installed the patented markers in Pocatello, which measure 4...
Big French Creek
Article February 26, 2018
When visitors drive by the portion of S.R. 299 in California known as Big French Creek, they may notice the rock-fall protection fence or perhaps other improvements; but they most likely have no idea what local residents, the traveling public and the California Department of Transportation (...
road widening
News February 09, 2018
A project to widen 6 miles of U.S. 95 in northwest Las Vegas has begun.   Las Vegas Paving won the $64.6 million general contract for the work between Durango Drive and Kyle Canyon Road. The project will expand the highway from four to six lanes to relieve congestion and improve safety, according...
I Love NY sign

Source: WHEC-TV

News February 05, 2018
The blue ‘I Love NY’ road signs found along the state of New York's highways will soon come down, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration.   Cuomo's top transportation officials announced Friday the state would soon remove the controversial highway signs, which have been at the center of a...
Utah DOT and Dept. of Public Safety launch Join the Resistance campaign
News January 18, 2018
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) are together looking to make a severe reduction in road fatalities in the state, a figure that crested at 273 deaths in 2017.   While that is a slight decrease from 2016 when 281 people died on Utah roads, UDOT...
road safety
News January 16, 2018
A new report examining the global crisis of road deaths and traffic fatalities around the world found that despite having more resources to tackle road redesigns and reduce traffic fatalities, the U.S. is not keeping up with many of its peer nations when it comes to creating safer streets.  ...
road safety
News January 09, 2018
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that New York City saw the fewest traffic fatalities on record last year including a 32% drop in pedestrian deaths.   This marks the fourth year in a row of declining traffic deaths since the mayor launched Vision Zero in 2013. This is the lowest number of...
News January 09, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is teaming up with the navigation app Waze on a new initiative designed to make the nation’s roads safer, the agency announced Monday.   U.S. DOT is launching two pilot projects that are aimed at integrating traditional crash data with crowd-sourced...
Kernel Density Map

Figure 1. A Kernel Density Map of predicted counts of pedestrian collisions with a 250-m kernel buffer in downtown Seattle. (Adapted from Accident Analysis and Prevention, 5, 84:99-111.)

Article January 03, 2018
Data on traffic collisions involving pedestrians are now routinely available, which, combined with detailed data on road and street networks, facilitate the estimation of models that explain the conditions and circumstances leading to collisions.   Our past research, together with that of others in...
wrong-way traffic sign
News December 14, 2017
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is launching a pilot program this winter that will help harness the technology already available on the Triangle Expressway (SH 540 in western Wake County) to curb wrong-way crashes.   According to NCDOT, there were more than 500 wrong-way...
The wrong-way detection signs will go in at the I-15-Starr Avenue interchange, which is now under construction
News December 08, 2017
The I-15/Starr Avenue interchange project in Clark County, Nev., has aimed, since its inception, to reduce crashes and alleviate local-road congestion—and a new, fairly simple safety measure has Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) officials optimistic that incident reduction will happen...
LIRR Bridge overpass

Image: MTA

News December 07, 2017
Looking to prevent dangerous bridge strikes, New York is spending $4.3 million to install additional detectors to keep over-height vehicles off state parkways, where overpasses are lower than many.   The detector systems are intended to prevent incidents that in 2017 have so far included more than...
Florida DOT sets plan to boost pedestrian safety on U.S. 301
News December 01, 2017
Sometimes it is the small choices that can have the greatest impact to the traveling public. Case in point: The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), in response to a pedestrian safety issue on U.S. 301 in Sarasota, has come up with a simple fix that will have a direct and immediate positive...
Ohio looking to boost road safety with possible speed limit change
News November 27, 2017
In an effort to reduce crashes on its state highways and generally increase driver safety, the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) are conducting an analysis of high-crash roads throughout the state that have 70 mph speed limits.   This analysis is taking...
VDOT wildlife fence

Image: WVIR-TV

News November 21, 2017
A fence lining a mile-long stretch of I-64 in Albemarle County, Va., has reportedly been significantly reducing crashes involving wildlife.   The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) installed the fence in Ivy as the first test site in the commonwealth for this safety system.   The Virginia...
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