Safety

FAA drone innovation zones see flood of applications to participate
News December 01, 2017
President Donald Trump issued a mandate last month that would roll back some “overly burdensome” Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones.   The new initiative proposes to set up “innovation zones” in certain state and local...
VDOT wildlife fence

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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...
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is set to open up its US 23 Flex Route system.

Image source: MDOT

News November 14, 2017
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is set to open up its U.S. 23 Flex Route system.   Flex Route is a lane-control system that employs cameras and electronic dynamic message signs to keep drivers abreast of morning and afternoon peak travel times and the availability of an additional...
crane

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News November 13, 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule last week that delayed its deadline for crane operators to be certified by one year until Nov. 10, 2018.   OSHA is also extending its employer duty to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely...
silica rule

Image source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

News October 02, 2017
Construction firms will have an extra 30 days to comply with the new, tougher Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard for airborne silica on jobsites.   OSHA began enforcing the construction silica regulation on Sept. 23. But Thomas Galassi, acting deputy assistant secretary...
highways
News September 26, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) responded yesterday to a lawsuit brought by environmental groups by reinstating a federal requirement that state and local planners track and curb carbon pollution from cars and trucks on the national highways.   On July 31, the Natural Resources Defense...
Bus stop demonstration
Article August 16, 2017
A field study performed at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute tested the effectiveness of the “School Bus Stopped Ahead” message.   School buses are frequently touted as the safest way to transport students to and from school. Overall, school buses account for only 2% of all fatal motor vehicle...
Hollywood Blvd

The Vision Zero Action Plan in Los Angeles aims to not only eliminate traffic deaths for motorists, but also for pedestrians and cyclists by concentrating efforts on areas with more vulnerable populations.

Article August 08, 2017
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the year 2015 marked the end of a five-decade trend of declining traffic fatalities by showing a 7.2% increase over 2014.   This trend also was seen in the city of Los Angeles, which exhibited one of the highest collision death rates...
Sheepshead Bay Rd after
Article August 08, 2017
A traffic island, more pavement markings and signage (top image) were added to this intersection to ensure safe interactions between vehicles and pedestrians as part of NYC’s Vision Zero plan.   In New York City, the efforts of the New York Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), in partnership...
Railroad safety
News July 31, 2017
At a giant training and research facility in Pueblo, Colo., cutting-edge technology to prevent train crashes and save lives is under development.   According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there were almost 11,000 train accidents and incidents last year alone, killing 805 people and...
News May 24, 2017
The Trump administration is asking Congress to give the federal government sweeping powers to track, hack and destroy any type of drone over domestic soil with a new exception to laws governing surveillance, computer privacy and aircraft protection, according to a document obtained by The New York...
News December 05, 2016
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll, which discusses OSHA's new safety guidelines for the construction industry.
News November 17, 2016
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is testing technology to make the tracks safer for its workers who fix and maintain the system.   Track workers will wear a band that alerts them when a train is approaching a work zone too fast. It is a system that is expected to give workers on...
News November 16, 2016
The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has begun installing some components of a new $1 billion crash-prevention system before a full design is complete in an effort to meet a 2018 federal deadline, railroad officials said.   Designing and installing positive train control (PTC) technology at the same...
News October 13, 2016
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has begun testing new variable speed signs to provide a greater margin of safety during winter weather on I-84.   Over the past several weeks, crews from ODOT have been installing variable speed signs along a 30-mile section of I-84 from Ladd Canyon to...
News August 16, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced an opportunity to apply for $7 million in federal funding for projects that demonstrate innovative approaches to improve safety for public transportation workers and passengers. The Safety Research...

Photo: Jonathan Bloom, ABC7 News Bay Area

News July 12, 2016
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently tested a new system in Berkeley to help keep traffic moving on Interstate 80 as part of the I-80 SMART Corridor Project, which aims to improve traffic in one of the most congested locations in the Bay Area.   The electronic signs have...
News June 13, 2016
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced that signs warning motorists not to text while driving are being installed this week along I-95 and State Route 1. Strategically placed near the rest areas, they encourage drivers to wait until they get to the rest stop before reading or...
News June 10, 2016
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) plans to carry out crossing upgrades this year as it prepares to provide high-speed rail passenger service between Chicago and St. Louis by 2017.   About 20 crossing safety upgrades between East St. Louis and Carlinville are planned. Among the...
News June 08, 2016
In a move to make travel on Interstate 10 safer and more efficient, the transportation leaders in four states have created a coalition supporting innovation along the corridor.   An agreement establishing the voluntary I-10 Corridor Coalition, proposed by Arizona Department of Transportation...
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