How Can We Use Technology To Make Roads Safe?

How Can We Use Technology To Make Roads Safe?

Safer roads are something everybody wants. While America’s roads have experienced declines in the number of traffic fatalities over the last few years, those numbers are still too high. As recently as 2019, more than 38,000 people lost their lives in car accidents. In addition to that, millions more are injured each year in collisions. On top of those gruesome numbers, increased emissions have been […]

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Men Account for 75% of all Road Fatalities – Why?

Men Account for 75% of all Road Fatalities – Why?

Studies have shown certain risk factors make it more likely that a person will be involved in a highway traffic accident. A risk factor is a quality that increases the chance of a certain occurrence. For example, the use of tobacco products is a risk factor for lung cancer.  Risk factors fall into two general categories: environment-related factors and “human” factors. Human factors seem to […]

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Many States are Legalizing Marijuana—What are They Doing to Keep Drugged Drivers off the Road?

Many States are Legalizing Marijuana—What are They Doing to Keep Drugged Drivers off the Road?

In 2020, New Jersey, Montana, and South Dakota became the newest states to legalize marijuana. Marijuana is now legal for medicinal purposes in thirty-six states and legal for recreational use in fifteen. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the presence of cannabis in fatally injured drivers is on the rise. In 2007, 8% of fatally injured drivers tested positive for cannabis, but […]

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Do Curb Bumpouts Really Keep Pedestrians Safe?

Do Curb Bumpouts Really Keep Pedestrians Safe?

More and more communities are installing curb bump-outs at intersections with heavy pedestrian use. Bumpouts are also known as curb extensions, bulb-outs, or neckdowns. Bumpouts extend the curb into the street on both sides of the street at a pedestrian crossing, effectively making the pedestrian crossing shorter. Bumpouts keep pedestrians safer in three distinct ways. First, by making the distance shorter for pedestrians, they decrease […]

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Ford Unveils Plans for Road Safety Project

Ford Unveils Plans for Road Safety Project

Ford has moved one step closer in its transition from automaker to a mobility company. It has recently partnered with Vivacity Labs, Oxfordshire County Council, and Loughborough University to develop a data-driven road safety tool. The tool was developed to help manage traffic. It analyzes information from connected vehicles, smart roadside sensors, and local data. The study’s goal is safer roads. Understanding traffic patterns is […]

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Houston Road Safety Insights

Houston Road Safety Insights

Houston’s streets can be intimidating, with tons of busy intersections where accidents can occur. For example, did you know Houston’s most dangerous intersection is Beltway 8 and Bissonnet Street? 159 accidents occurred there in one recent year. That’s more than 3 per week! Additionally, as the 19 miles of Westheimer Road wind through the congested Midtown Houston area, its lanes become dangerously narrow. Booming suburban […]

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What does COVID-19 mean for road safety?

What does COVID-19 mean for road safety?

From travel, to work, to entertainment, there is no doubt that Covid 19 has changed about every aspect of our lives. Health restrictions have caused more of us to stay home for long periods of time. Many of us now work from home, limiting automobile travel to the essentials, such as trips to the grocery, bank, and healthcare visits. Less travel means fewer people are […]

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D.C. Lawmakers Turn Attention, Funds to Road Safety Initiatives

D.C. Lawmakers Turn Attention, Funds to Road Safety Initiatives

2018 was notable for one growing and depressing statistic. It was the year that pedestrian deaths reached their highest level since 1990. Even more disturbing, experts predict that these numbers will only continue to grow and that 2019 may have even higher rates of deaths of pedestrians and bicyclists. D.C. lawmakers have implemented multiple recent efforts to lower pedestrian deaths. These endeavors are supported by […]

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Austin Road Safety Overview

Austin Road Safety Overview

Austin is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. In fact, this area has seen a 34.1% population growth from 2007 to 2017. But, with this increased popularity comes more cars, pedestrians, and cyclists. This leads to more street congestion citywide. Now, both city and state agencies are working hard to address these issues. Part of the solution involves maintaining and upgrading the infrastructure. […]

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Ditching Cell Phones in School Zones Could Reduce Accidents, Save Lives

Ditching Cell Phones in School Zones Could Reduce Accidents, Save Lives

Driving through a school zone requires an increased awareness of both the road and your surroundings. This is particularly true before and after school hours when kids are most likely to be present. It is at these times that children are walking or riding their bicycles to and from school. Kids can also be on or around school grounds during recess periods and for gym […]

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