Road Safety

November 5, 2015, 6am PST
One of the nearly 270 amendments the House is considering in the $325 billion transportation reauthorization bill would allow individual states to allow heavier trucks to use highways. It was decisively defeated in a floor vote on Tuesday.
The Hill
September 14, 2015, 5am PDT
The New South Wales minister for roads has taken a firm position against separate bike lanes. Sydney cycling advocates say his policies will bring the city out of step with its global peers.
The Guardian
August 2, 2015, 9am PDT
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.
Five Thirty Eight
April 24, 2015, 11am PDT
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.
ASLA The Dirt
March 9, 2015, 5am PDT
A psychological experiment finds that warning signs depicting more movement gain more attention, making drivers navigate more carefully.
The Atlantic
October 28, 2014, 12pm PDT
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.
ABC News
October 23, 2014, 5am PDT
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.
The New York Times
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 20, 2014, 6am PDT
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.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
July 2, 2014, 7am PDT
The high mode share of bikers in Boulder, Colorado allowed researchers to verify findings already documented by researchers in Europe.
PhysOrg
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
February 4, 2014, 5am PST
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.
PBS NewsHour - The Rundown
January 16, 2014, 5am PST
Yesterday, Mayor de Blasio launched “Vision Zero”, a multi-agency effort to eliminate NYC's traffic deaths within a decade. With eleven deaths (seven of them pedestrians) already recorded in the new year, progress can't come soon enough.
Streetsblog
January 14, 2014, 5am PST
An inordinate amount of traffic fatalities occur in developing parts of the world. In some countries, road deaths have surpassed diseases like AIDS and Tuberculosis as a public health threat.
The Washington Post
January 5, 2014, 7am PST
A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine examines which types of distractions lead to the most collisions. Researchers found that dialing while driving is the biggest safety hazard.
Los Angeles Times
January 3, 2014, 9am PST
A new study by IHS Automotive predicts that 54 million self-driving cars will be on the road by 2035, and that every car will be autonomous by 2050.
Los Angeles Times
December 19, 2013, 5am PST
A new report by the U.S. Department of Transportation's lead watchdog outlines the top challenges the department faces in the coming year. Expanding oversight and improving air, rail and road safety top the list.
Governing
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
December 3, 2013, 2pm PST
Self-driving cars may still be several years away, but federal officials are already looking to restrict the ability of drivers to operate their cars to improve road safety. They're pushing for the adoption of new technologies to reduce human error.
Los Angeles Times