Road Safety

Motor vehicle crashes claim over 30,000 lives per year, with related costs in the hundreds of billions. While we sometimes view that frightening statistic as inevitable, there are reasons to reexamine speed limits and how we set them.
Aug 2, 2015   Five Thirty Eight
Better safety and multimodal ease are not the only benefits offered by complete streets. According to this report, on the average they pay for themselves and then some.
Apr 24, 2015   ASLA The Dirt
A psychological experiment finds that warning signs depicting more movement gain more attention, making drivers navigate more carefully.
Mar 9, 2015   The Atlantic
The pavement along Old Route 66 in New Mexico will now play "America the Beautiful"—but only if you're driving the posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour.
Oct 28, 2014   ABC News
After five deaths, several states have stopped installing FHWA-approved guardrails which have been said "to turn into spears" when hit by vehicles. An Oct. 20 jury verdict awarded $175 million to a whistleblower to be paid by the rail manufacturer.
Oct 23, 2014   The New York Times
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.
Oct 16, 2014   Bloomberg News
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.
Sep 30, 2014   The Wall Street Journal
USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) yesterday publicized an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) and a supporting comprehensive research report on cutting edge V2V communications technology.
Aug 20, 2014   National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The high mode share of bikers in Boulder, Colorado allowed researchers to verify findings already documented by researchers in Europe.
Jul 2, 2014   PhysOrg
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.
Apr 8, 2014   Dallas Morning News
By allowing the use of a new vehicle safety communication system called V2V, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are hoping to protect drivers without overstepping privacy boundaries.
Feb 4, 2014   PBS NewsHour - The Rundown