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Columbus Could Lower Downtown Speed Limits

The city council will vote on a proposal to lower speed limits to 25 miles per hour to improve safety and make downtown more walkable and welcoming to pedestrians.

January 31, 2023 - The Columbus Dispatch

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How Right Turns on Red Became the Norm

Born out of the oil crisis of the 1970s, the practice of turning right on red lights is a uniquely American—and uniquely dangerous—custom.

October 20, 2022 - Slate

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Study: Many Driver Assist Users Consider Their Cars Self-Driving

Almost half of drivers using Tesla and GMC driver assist technology report feeling comfortable treating their cars as fully autonomous.

October 12, 2022 - TechCrunch

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Nearly Half of U.S. Traffic Deaths Occur on Rural Roads

A lack of access to public transit, scarcer law enforcement, and reduced access to nearby medical care contribute to more risky behavior and more deadly crashes on rural roads.

September 9, 2022 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Cleveland, Ohio

Ohio Pledges $51 Million for Traffic Safety

The state’s department of transportation will invest in a variety of traffic safety projects as traffic fatalities reach their highest level in decades.

May 10, 2022 - Transportation Today News

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Unlike Smaller Cars, 'Megacars' Drove More in 2020

The increase in miles driven by light trucks and other 'megacars' could have contributed to the rise in traffic deaths, despite an overall reduction in VMT.

February 11, 2022 - Streetsblog USA

Chicago Transit Authority

Chicago Traffic Cameras Issue Most Tickets to Black and Latino Drivers

The city's controversial traffic camera program tickets Black and Latino motorists more than white drivers. Infrastructure may play a role in why.

February 2, 2022 - ProPublica

Chicago, Illinois

Illinois Law Mandates Safety Studies at Fatal Intersections

Newly adopted legislation mandates a traffic study for all pedestrian fatalities and consideration of alternate road design options.

August 29, 2021 - Streetsblog Chicago

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Improving Media Coverage of Road Collisions

A new set of guidelines will help the media improve the accuracy of traffic safety coverage.

October 2, 2020 - The Guardian


In N.Y.C., Speeding Is Up as Pandemic Continues

Data shows that drivers are speeding on the city’s mostly deserted streets.

April 2, 2020 - StreetsBlog NYC

Red Light Camera

Dallas Feels Impacts of Red-Light Camera Ban

Last year’s state ban ended a 13-year red-light enforcement program in Dallas. City officials say that intersections throughout the city are less safe without the cameras.

March 9, 2020 - The Dallas Morning News

New York Biking

Signal Priority in N.Y.C. to Make Streets Safer for Cyclists

New York City will create green waves by adjusting traffic signals to keep cyclists moving, even when drivers will have to slow down.

November 6, 2019 - The New York Times

Pedestrian Danger

After Rash of Pedestrian Deaths, Texas Looks to Create Safety Initiative

In 2018, drivers killed 632 pedestrians in Texas; 68 pedestrians were killed in San Antonio.

September 14, 2019 - Fox San Antonio

Downtown Denver

Colorado Campaign Urges Drivers to Shut Off Their Phones

In 2018, distracted driving was a factor in over 15,000 crashes in Colorado. A new statewide campaign wants drivers to focus on the road rather than their phones.

April 8, 2019 - The Denver Post

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Tougher Fines for Phone Use and the Introduction of the Dutch Reach for Illinois Drivers

Illinois gets to new pieces of legislation aimed at slowing the rise in pedestrian deaths and other commuter injuries.

August 26, 2018 - Chicago Tribune

Text and Drive

Parents Setting Poor Example for Teen Drivers

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, and while parents often instruct teens not to text and drive, they admit to texting and driving at about the same rates as teenage drivers.

August 9, 2018 - Chicago Tribune

California's Aging Population Getting Into More Traffic Collisions

New data from transportation research group TRIP, shows that fatalities involving at least one driver over 65 years old are up 22% in California.

March 19, 2018 - SCPR

Red Light Camera

Chicago Red Light Cameras Making Streets Safer, Study Finds

A Northwestern University study found that Chicagoans ran fewer red lights after cameras were installed, even at intersections that don't have cameras.

March 23, 2017 - Chi.Streetsblog


Why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Doesn't Use 'Accidents'

Call them crashes, collisions, even incidents, just don't call them 'accidents,' emphatically states Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., Administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the nation's premier traffic safety agency.

May 24, 2016 - The New York Times

Does it Matter if We Call Crashes 'Accidents'?

Safety experts, like NHTSA, and safety advocates, like bicycle and pedestrian organizations, have replaced the commonly used "accident" with "crash" or similar nouns. Kevin Drum of Mother Jones asks if it really makes a difference.

August 25, 2015 - Mother Jones

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