Traffic Safety

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...
Camera connected vehicles I-94/I-35

Camera setups such as this have been in place on select high-rise rooftops along the test corridor since 2002, collecting data all the while.

Article January 02, 2019
On a rough stretch of what is “commonly” known as the I-94 Commons—for the fact that at this particular location I-94 threads in with I-35, both interstates sharing a common series of lanes—a project has been ongoing since 2002 to gather traffic movement data in an effort to, ultimately, create...
Reduced visibility conditions
Article January 02, 2019
Reduced visibility conditions such as fog represent a challenging environment for drivers.   Fog reduces visibility and contrast in the visual field, which can negatively affect the perception of depth and speed. When these crucial driving cues are obscured, a driver’s ability to judge appropriate...
Minnesota DOT winter maintenance

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News January 02, 2019
The Minnesota Department of Transportation's (MnDOT) Safety Innovation Team is introducing an LED lighted plow marker for winter maintenance activities in the state in order to reduce the number of motorist collisions with the department's snowplows.   In the winter of 2017-18, there were 84...
Uber AVs

Image: Uber Blog

News December 19, 2018
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has approved the continued testing of Uber's self-driving vehicles in autonomous mode in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas for the first time since March of this year.   An Associated Press report indicates the ride-sharing company has been...
U.S. 60 exit to I-10 in Tempe, Ariz.
News December 13, 2018
Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) efforts that have improved safety on a busy stretch of westbound U.S. 60 in Tempe and advanced a first-in-the-nation system that reduces the risk from wrong-way drivers have been honored by the National Operations Center of Excellence.   The organization...
artificial intelligence, traffic management
News November 26, 2018
A partnership between area public safety agencies and startup technology firm Waycare has led to increased safety on a stretch of I-15, the busiest roadway in Las Vegas.   The yearlong crash prevention pilot program between Waycare, a provider of artificial intelligence-based mobility products and...
traffic safety
News November 09, 2018
San Francisco-based Zendrive, an analytics firm, conducted a study dubbed the 2018 Distracted Driving Snapshot, which surveyed 7.1 billion miles and 4.5 million drivers from December 2017 through February 2018.   The study found that more than 60% of drivers—roughly 69 million—use their phones at...
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