Traffic Fatalities

July 24, 2015, 2pm PDT
A World Research Institute report offers seven prescriptions for designing safer cities. At the top of the list: avoid sprawl.
Motherboard
May 15, 2015, 10am PDT
Looking at the history of car recalls, Gladwell recognizes a tension between the way engineers see malfunctions and how the public sees them. It's easy to blame the machine, but that doesn't always solve the problem.
The New Yorker
March 26, 2015, 2pm PDT
Teenagers have a lot on their minds, which is not a bad thing, except when it comes to getting behind the wheel. A report released March 25 reveals that six out of ten teen crashes involve driver distraction—400 percent greater than a prior study.
KHOU 11 Houston
February 8, 2015, 7am PST
A column in The Week argues that notwithstanding Tuesday's horrific crash of a Metro-North train that killed five passengers, rail is a much safer mode than driving. However, rail deaths are increasing.
The Week
December 22, 2014, 1pm PST
New data released Dec. 19 by NHTSA shows increased safety for those traveling by car, but pedestrian fatalities are 15% higher than in 2009. Plans by San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago to increase ped safety are described by the WSJ.
The Wall Street Journal
October 16, 2014, 11am PDT
Bloomberg News investigates a rash of road deaths in the Midland-Odessa region, attributing the fatalities to underfunded road infrastructure, increased population, and truck traffic. A November ballot measure may provide some relief.
Bloomberg News
September 30, 2014, 5am PDT
In his second global transportation donation meant to reduce death and injury from transportation, the former NYC mayor will take a decidedly urban focus by directing his foundation to select ten cities to receive $125 million, he announced Monday.
The Wall Street Journal
August 23, 2014, 1pm PDT
A new report from the International Transportation Forum (ITF) shows America's shortcomings on street safety compared to its peer nations.
Streetsblog USA
August 14, 2014, 2pm PDT
Despite all the dire—sometimes hysterical—warnings about the safety risks of bike share, the country's bike share systems boast a flawless fatality record. Compare that record with, for instance, driving or riding non-bike-share bikes.
Reuters via Yahoo News
August 4, 2014, 2pm PDT
The National Coalition for Safer Roads "is partnering with organizations and communities across the country to raise awareness about the dangers of red-light running during National Stop on Red Week."
National Coalition for Safer Roads
July 31, 2014, 12pm PDT
A new feature on Transportation Nation will highlight the tragedy of traffic fatalities in New York City, by profiling the people who passed and the traffic circumstances that took them.
WNYC: Transportation Nation
June 23, 2014, 2pm PDT
Pedestrian safety in Philadelphia is a mixed bag. While it can often be a pleasant, pedestrian-friendly city, recent pedestrian deaths have highlighted the ongoing need to improve the safety of the Philadelphia's sidewalks and streets.
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 10, 2014, 9am PDT
Delivering the first example of a critical component of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” program, New York will lower the speed limit from 30 to 25 along Atlantic Blvd, which cuts through Brooklyn and Queens.
WNYC: Transportation Nation
April 8, 2014, 1pm PDT
The Texas Department of Transportation is responding to a recent increase in the number crashes caused by distracted driving in the state by increasing the presence of a multi-media campaign aimed at changing behavior.
Dallas Morning News
December 11, 2013, 1pm PST
A new study that compares how each of the 50 states regulates dangerous motorist behaviors has found that those with the toughest laws have the least traffic deaths. So why don't more states adopt “evidence-based policies”?
The Atlantic Cities
August 10, 2013, 11am PDT
Sarah Goodyear describes the greater implications of the carnage caused by a motorist intent on mowing down as many pedestrians as possible on the Venice boardwalk in L.A. on August 03. It wasn't the first time a car caused mayhem in a public space.
The Atlantic Cities
August 7, 2013, 5am PDT
At the same time that vehicular fatalities have ridden a decade-long decline in the U.S., a troubling trend has seen pedestrian fatalities increase. A $2 million U.S. DOT grant program will target 22 cities with acute pedestrian safety problems.
The Atlantic Cities
May 30, 2013, 2pm PDT
A study from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development shows that traffic fatalities across the world have reached an all-time low. However roads in the U.S. are less safe than in 28 other countries, including Serbia and Greece.
WNYC: Transportation Nation
November 28, 2012, 5am PST
After a decade of steady declines in traffic-related fatalities in New York City, amid a focused effort to improve traffic safety, Robert Kolker examines why such deaths spiked upward of 23 percent in the past year.
New York Magazine
October 3, 2012, 9am PDT
After six consecutive years of decline, traffic deaths are rising dramatically across America, reports Ashley Halsey III.
The Washington Post