Traffic Safety

News August 17, 2017
The first traffic restrictions required for the installation of a first-in-the-nation pilot wrong-way vehicle detection and warning system are scheduled this weekend at the I-17 interchange at Indian School Road in Phoenix.   Preliminary work started in the past week on the Arizona Department of...
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...
Wrong way driving warning sign
News July 28, 2017
The Arizona State Transportation Board has scheduled a special meeting Friday to award a grant to one of three bidders to work on a system that could help stop wrong-way drivers.   The board's decision will follow its approval last month of a $3.7 million plan to construct a thermal-detection...
Truck on highway
News July 25, 2017
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is now using infrared technology to try to stop truck drivers with dangerously large loads from hitting freeway bridges and overpasses.   When trucks that are too tall slam into these structures, it can cause traffic tie-ups and congestion that impacts...
IDOT TRS developmental layout specification (as shown as Figure 4 in the Report).

IDOT TRS developmental layout specification (as shown as Figure 4 in the Report).

Case Studies June 30, 2017
The Center for Transportation Research and Education (CTRE) at Iowa State University develops methods and technologies to improve transportation safety and reliability.   Last month, CTRE issued a Final Report titled “Field Measurements on the Effect of Temporary Rumble Strips in Work Zone Flagging...
Article June 12, 2017
Roadway construction already is a dangerous working environment with over 700 fatalities annually in work zones alone. With connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) beginning to launch on our roadways, workers and motorists will have even more dangers facing them each day. Because the majority of...
News June 07, 2017
Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law Tuesday that prohibits texting while driving in Texas, ending a decade-long effort by safety advocates to reduce potentially deadly driver distractions on the road.   Texas will become one of the last states to adopt some kind of texting-while-driving ban...
News June 06, 2017
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has been in the process of inventing a new way to combat wrong-way driving, after several years of studying ways to engineer a system that would reduce the number of wrong-way incursions, collisions, and deaths on metro Phoenix freeways.   ADOT says a...
Article June 05, 2017
Vision Zero is a movement based on the Safe Systems approach to road safety, which is centered on the idea that “no loss of life is acceptable on our streets and roadways.”   Originating in Sweden in 1997, that country’s incorporation of the Vision Zero framework into roadway planning and...
News June 02, 2017
As auto accidents and fatalities increase on America’s roads, 12 states have taken legislative action this year to further combat distracted driving.   According to an analysis by the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI), nine states have enacted laws and three states have...
News May 08, 2017
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has launched a pilot project to better prevent wrong-way crashes.   Several roads in Sacramento and San Diego have been designated for the two-year test program. Caltrans uploaded a video to YouTube explaining their high-tech wrong-way driver...

Image: Idaho Transportation Department

News May 05, 2017
According to the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), though crews are working to remove around 25 derailed rail cars from U.S. 95 about 10 miles north of Athol, both southbound lanes will remain closed for approximately two weeks.   Two-way traffic has been moved to the northbound lanes. ITD...
News May 01, 2017
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll question, which discusses implementing intelligent work-zone safety features on construction projects.

Image source: KTVH-TV

News April 28, 2017
New data from the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) shows traffic fatalities and serious injuries are declining on Montana roads. So far this year, there have been 36 traffic-related deaths compared to 52 at the same time last year.   In 2014, MDT launched Vision Zero, its mission to bring...
News April 21, 2017
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has started another round of safety improvements on Rte. 130, the road dubbed the state’s most dangerous.   Rte. 130 has been repeatedly singled out by pedestrian-safety groups because of a high number of fatalities over the last few years.  ...

Image source: West Central Tribune (Willmar, Minn.)

News April 21, 2017
Two local landowners have teamed up with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) in District 8 to improve safety on the notorious stretch of Highway 67 west of Granite Falls by building a permanent snow fence.   The landowners and MnDOT have installed a 1,500-ft fence, or approximately ¼...
News April 20, 2017
New data released by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has highlighted a troubling trend on state roads.   There were 25,713 crashes in work zones last year that resulted in 181 deaths, representing a 27% spike in fatal work-zone crashes from 2015—a stark increase that TxDOT officials...
News April 13, 2017
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is rolling out a fleet of “talking” buses to serve the state’s communities.   The new technology allows the buses to alert pedestrians and motorists with an automated announcement through a “Safe Turn Alert” system that voices messages such as “...
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