Traffic Fatalities

A bouquet of flowers stands in the grass beside a rural road as a car drives by.

Small Cities at Disadvantage to Win Federal Safe Street Grants

Funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law aimed at making streets safer is being awarded through a competitive grant program, but it’s not going to the communities that need it most, an investigation shows.

February 29, 2024 - USA Today

Aerial view of intersection in Hoboken, New Jersey with crosswalks, bulb-outs, and blue home plate painted in middle of intersection, surrounded by mid-rise multistory apartment buildings.

Vision Zero at Work: Hoboken Celebrates Seven Years of Zero Traffic Deaths

The New Jersey city implemented simple yet impactful changes to eliminate traffic fatalities.

November 29, 2023 - Jalopnik

Yellow and black "SLOW SPEED HUMP" sign on residential street

Philadelphia Continues Traffic Calming Program

The city is installing ‘vertical deflection devices’ such as speed tables on some of its most dangerous streets.

October 4, 2023 - WHYY

Car crash scene with overturned car, emergency vehicles, and firefighter standing at left.

NHTSA: Traffic Fatalities Decline for Fifth Straight Quarter

Traffic deaths were 3.3 percent lower in the first half of 2023 than the same period last year, but not all states saw the same results.

October 2, 2023 - ABC News

CLose-up of pedestrian call button on pole at intersection

Experts: Vision Zero Requires Far-Reaching Investment, Culture Shift

Road safety advocates say the 2021 infrastructure bill doesn’t fully commit to its stated goals to help cities eliminate pedestrian and cyclist deaths.

June 14, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Close-up of speed camera mounted above roadway with red car passing by underneath

California Speed Camera Bill Advances to Senate

The bill authorizing automated traffic cameras in six test cities passed by a large margin in the State Assembly.

June 13, 2023 - Los Angeles Daily News

Close-up of pedestrian crossing button at a crosswalk in Los Angeles

Report: Racial Gap in Traffic Deaths Persists

Communities of color have significantly higher rates of traffic fatalities, according to federal research.

May 9, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Two-lane asphalt road in Washington state with pine trees along sides and Mt. Rainier in background

Washington Road Safety Bills Fail to Advance

Several bills aimed at reducing traffic deaths fell by the wayside in the state legislature, despite the growing rate of road fatalities.

May 4, 2023 - The Urbanist

Indianapolis Street

Indianapolis Launches Fatal Crash Review Commission

The group is tasked with making a deeper assessment of the underlying infrastructural causes of fatal crashes and recommending improvements.

January 13, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

View of pedestrian suspension bridge over waterway surrounded by green grass with small apartment buildings in background

Pedestrian Deaths Spike in King County Cities

Eight cities in Washington’s King County saw sharp increases in traffic fatalities, signaling a need for more robust road safety and traffic calming policies.

January 11, 2023 - The Urbanist

Small black car with mangled bumper sitting sideways on an asphalt road

Crash Analysis Studio Brings ‘Standard of Care’ to Traffic Fatalities

A new tool from Strong Towns provides a model for comprehensively evaluating the causes behind deadly crashes and how to prevent them.

November 8, 2022 - Strong Towns

Washington, D.C.

D.C. Revamps its Vision Zero Plan to Eliminate Traffic Fatalities

Washington, D.C. was an early adopter of Vision Zero in the United States, but eventually it became emblematic of the country's lack of progress in reducing traffic collisions.

November 1, 2022 - DCist

Self-Driving Cars

National Transportation Safety Board Recommend Speed Limiters for U.S. Automobiles

While advocates say technology can be a critical tool in reducing the carnage on U.S. roads, CNN can't get over the idea as an invasion of privacy and personal liberty.

October 14, 2022 - Jalopnik

One of the "Guardians of Traffic" in Cleveland, a scuplture of a large figure adorning a bridge in Cleveland. Downtown Cleveland is in the background.

Cleveland Ready for Vision Zero

Cleveland is working to become the latest U.S. city to set a goal to eliminate traffic fatalities.

August 30, 2022 - The Plain Dealer

Close-up of curve ahead sign on highway

Traffic Safety Has a Men Problem

Research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety paints a damning picture of the behavior of men behind the wheel of automobiles.

August 21, 2022 - KSL

Pedestrians crossing a busy crosswalk on New York City street with tall buildings in background

Vision Zero Still a Pipe Dream as Road Deaths Continue to Climb

U.S. traffic fatalities hit a twenty-year peak in the first quarter of 2022.

August 19, 2022 - Route Fifty

Pedestrian Safety

4 Proven Steps for Improved Pedestrian Safety

Experts from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) present four steps for reducing the number of pedestrians killed by drivers.

July 28, 2022 - Smart Growth America

Pedestrian Safety

States Diverting Federal Road Safety Funds

Despite a nationwide rise in traffic fatalities, almost half of U.S. states have transferred federal road safety dollars to other projects.

June 24, 2022 - Route Fifty

SR-99 on-ramp in Seattle

Seattle Traffic Deaths Rose Again in 2022

Despite a commitment to eliminating traffic deaths by 2030, 2022 is shaping up to be the deadliest year in more than a decade.

June 22, 2022 - The Seattle Times

A Downtown Louisville street at night, with the lights of passing shown with a blurred effect.

Louisville Slowly Working Toward Vision Zero Commitment

If approved, an ordinance under consideration in Louisville would commit to eventually eliminate traffic fatalities…20 years in the future.

June 14, 2022 - WFPL

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