Traffic Safety

Rural roads top states poor condition

All images courtesy of TRIP

News May 24, 2019
America’s rural transportation system is in need of repairs and modernization to support economic growth in the nation’s heartland, according to a new report recently released by TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit.   The report, Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in...
Colorado rockslide I-70 Glenwood Canyon

Image: Colorado DOT via Twitter

News May 22, 2019
A large rockslide fell onto I-70 in Glenwood Canyon of the Glenwood Springs area in Colorado, closing down both directions of traffic along the interstate for several hours Tuesday morning.   The slide first occurred around 7 a.m. Tuesday near mile marker 122, according to local reports. The...
autonomous tech program for buses
News May 07, 2019
New Flyer of America Inc. and New Flyer Industries Canada ULC, the largest bus manufacturer in North America, recently announced the launch of their Autonomous Technology Program.    This program includes development and deployment of technology for Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) and...
wrong-way vehicle incident detection systems
News May 01, 2019
The Connecticut DOT (CDOT) is planning to test technology designed to combat wrong-way vehicle incidents.   CDOT had initially announced back in February 2017 that the same technology could be installed on state roadways within that same year, but the department has faced a few challenges in...
artificial intelligence mobility solutions
News April 30, 2019
Officials in the city of Henderson, Nev., are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) technology with the aim of alleviating traffic crashes at specific intersections.   The Nevada DOT recently found success with an AI pilot program in partnership with the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC)...
Caltrans work-zone safety initiative

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News April 25, 2019
At the 2018 Caltrans Safety Summit, Caltrans Director Laurie Berman made a call to action and is implementing three new safety initiatives to end work-zone fatalities in the state.   In the last five years, over 3,000 people nationwide lost their lives in work-zone collisions, and more than 85% of...
StandGard Base Temporary Portable Standing Assistant
Case Studies April 23, 2019
Despite using warning signs, reflective clothing and other visual signals to alert drivers of changing road conditions, there are still accidents in our work zones. The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse reports that out of the 799 work-zone fatalities reported in 2017, 132 were...
Best cities for driving map
News April 05, 2019
Charlotte, N.C., has been rated the best city for drivers in the U.S. in a new ranking from car rental insurance website, Insure My Rental Car.    Insure My Rental Car ranked the top 20 most populous cities based on the number of road accident fatalities per 100,000 residents, average increase in...
autonomous vehicles; safety and testing of AV systems
News April 05, 2019
Three prominent automakers announced this week the formation of a partnership to help create regulations and safety standards for autonomous vehicles (AVs) in the U.S.   GM, Ford and Toyota are partnering with the automotive engineering group SAE International to launch the Automated Vehicle Safety...
reduced speed limit; urban mobility; traffic safety; pedestrian safety
News March 27, 2019
The Maryland DOT State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is reducing speed limits on MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) in Wheaton and Silver Spring, Montgomery County, this week.   The changes are part of MDOT SHA’s bold new comprehensive urban mobility-focused program tailored to central business districts...
positive train control; rail safety
News March 26, 2019
Washington State DOT (WSDOT) officials recently announced the implementation of positive train control (PTC) technology has been fully activated along the Amtrak Cascades corridor, an update put in place in order to prevent future derailments.   The Amtrak Cascades corridor incorporates the Point...
road traffic safety; dust storms; messaging
News March 18, 2019
The Arizona DOT (ADOT) is preparing to install a first-of-its-kind dust detection and warning system along I-10, known to be one of the most dangerous roads during dust storms in Arizona.   According to the Arizona Daily Star, the warning system will be located between Sunshine Boulevard and...
underride guards for trucks

Image: U.S. DOT Volpe Center

News March 15, 2019
Last week, U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and U.S. Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.), introduced bipartisan legislation designed to make U.S. roads safer.   The Stop Underrides Act, which has received support from advocacy group U.S. PIRG, ...
rail transit accident Chicago
News March 14, 2019
A driver was killed and three others were injured Tuesday night on the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) Blue Line when an SUV rolled onto the tracks and was hit by an oncoming train.   According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the driver of the SUV was heading down I-190 near the northwest suburb of...
winter maintenance
News February 06, 2019
Finance company Value Penguin recently released a list of the states with the highest winter weather-related driving fatalities, compiled from statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.   From 2013 to 2017, there were 2,718 fatalities that resulted from winter weather-...
road transportation safety
News February 05, 2019
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently announced its 2019–2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements.   First issued in 1990, the NTSB Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements serves as the agency’s primary advocacy tool to help save lives, prevent...
On the heels of a request from the city’s mayor, Houston transportation advocacy group LINK Houston, in partnership with Bike Houston, is conducting an audit to identify the city’s most problematic intersections for walkers and bicyclists.

Source: Twitter

News January 31, 2019
On the heels of a request from the city’s mayor, Houston transportation advocacy group LINK Houston, in partnership with Bike Houston, is conducting an audit to identify the city’s most problematic intersections for walkers and bicyclists.   Audit team members will be looking at traffic counts...
Analytics tool
News January 14, 2019
Numetric, a provider of traffic safety analytics solutions, recently announced the launch of its new Network Screening application to empower states to meet or exceed federal requirements and identify their most dangerous roadways.   Due to a current lack of sufficient tools, the process of...
thermal camera detection system

Image: Arizona DOT

News January 08, 2019
The Arizona Department of Transportation’s (ADOT) thermal camera-based wrong-way vehicle detection system along I-17 in Phoenix alerted authorities and other motorists to a pickup truck traveling the wrong way on the freeway early Monday morning.   No one was hurt as the vehicle traveled southbound...
Wrong-way system Arizona DOT
Article January 02, 2019
At 1:11 a.m. following the 2018 Fourth of July celebration, a vehicle traveled southbound in the northbound lanes of north Phoenix’s I-17 at Union Hills Road.   Immediately, the wrong-way driver detection system installed earlier in the year set off a system alarm. A loud horn went off in the...
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