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Traffic Fatalities

February 8, 2021, 6am PST
Arterial roads and poorly designed intersections pose significant threats to cyclist and pedestrian safety.
Outside Online
February 2, 2021, 10am PST
Dangerous behaviors picked up during the early, low-traffic days of the pandemic are partly to blame.
The Washington Post
January 5, 2021, 7am PST
It's another one of those crises within a crisis, but driving has been more dangerous during the pandemic.
The New York Times
December 22, 2020, 7am PST
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's latest crash fatality data for 2019 showed improving safety conditions for road users from the year prior. That progress is likely to vanish when the data for 2020 are complete.
Smart Cities Dive
December 21, 2020, 7am PST
In Houston, 60 percent of serious automobile crashes occur on 6 percent of the city's streets. A New Vision Zero Action Plan will focus safety improvements on those streets with a high density of traffic deaths and serious injuries.
City of Houston Mayor's Office
November 29, 2020, 5am PST
The visions of a car-free utopia that might have seemed like a potential silver lining in March and April have given away to a tragic reality.
New York Post
November 25, 2020, 12pm PST
Texas has had a road fatality every single day for 20 years.
Houston Chronicle
November 9, 2020, 9am PST
Mexico recently ratified an amendment to its constitution to make safe mobility a human right. The amendment comes in response to unsafe conditions on the country's streets, roads, and highways.
October 16, 2020, 5am PDT
It's not enough to focus solely on the design and engineering of streets when looking for ways to improve traffic safety. The fruits of the planning profession must be held to account, too.
Streetsblog USA
October 14, 2020, 12pm PDT
A driver lost control of his SUV in San José, California this week, plowing into an outdoor dining area and killing one customer.
The Mercury News
October 14, 2020, 8am PDT
The first 20 mile per hour speed limit signs have been installed this week in the Twin Cities.
Pioneer Press
October 11, 2020, 5am PDT
Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition announced a new initiative designed to help cities achieve the potential of a new approach to street design.
Smart Growth America
October 5, 2020, 5am PDT
The National Highway Safety Administration released traffic safety data finding a huge spike in fatalities since the outset of the pandemic, but didn't mention the role of street design in traffic fatalities.
Streetsblog USA
September 21, 2020, 6am PDT
The broader safety implications of the death of Elaine Hertzberg after being struck by an Uber autonomous vehicle in Tempe is still being litigated. Last week, the back-up driver of the vehicle was charged with negligent homicide.
September 9, 2020, 12pm PDT
Angie Schmitt, former editor at Streetsblog USA, has written a new book about pedestrian fatalities, which works to dispel some of the myths about traffic safety in the United States.
September 4, 2020, 6am PDT
Despite a huge drop in vehicle miles traveled, there have been more traffic fatalities in the first six months of 2020 than the same period in 2019.
StreetsBlog NYC
September 4, 2020, 5am PDT
The headline of the latest foray of The Onion into the tragic world of traffic safety: "Conscientious SUV Shopper Just Wants Something That Will Kill Family In Other Car In Case Of Accident".
The Onion
July 23, 2020, 8am PDT
Increased stress, increased speeds, more drinking and driving—whatever the reason, traffic fatalities are climbing rapidly even as more Americans leave the car parked at home.
Smart Cities Dive
June 11, 2020, 12pm PDT
As a leading bicycle advocacy organization withdraws support for police enforcement of Vision Zero plans, the discretionary practices of traffic enforcement come under rejuvenated scrutiny.
Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
May 21, 2020, 8am PDT
Data from the National Safety Council show the first evidence that with fewer cars on the road during the pandemic, fatal collisions have actually been more common for every mile driven.
The Washington Post