Kansas City Road Safety Overview

Kansas City Road Safety Overview

Road safety is an essential concern for all residents, visitors, and government officials in Kansas City. Designing and maintaining safe streets can reduce the risk of traffic accidents. Kansas City Accident Statistics  Thousands of car accidents occur in Kansas City each year. Accident statistics in 2019 for Kansas City, Missouri include: 20,494 total crashes  79 traffic fatalities 8,717 persons injured  1,963 speed-related traffic accidents, including […]

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St. Louis Road Safety Overview

St. Louis Road Safety Overview

Car accidents continue to injure and kill thousands of people in Missouri each year. Sadly, many traffic accidents are avoidable. Poor driving choices and negligence are the most common causes of car crashes in St. Louis. Car Accident Statistics for St. Louis, Missouri According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, there were 15,818 reported traffic crashes in St. Louis during 2019.  These accidents involved: 60 […]

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Boston Road Safety Overview

Boston Road Safety Overview

Road safety is a top priority for city officials in Boston. The City of Boston has made numerous improvements to road safety through its Vision Zero program. Improvements benefit everyone who travels the streets and roads in Boston, including motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The City’s goal is to eliminate serious and fatal traffic crashes by 2030. As part of its action plan, the City of […]

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Safest Countries For Driving: What Are Their Secrets For Success

Safest Countries For Driving: What Are Their Secrets For Success

As Americans, we are generally competitive by nature. When someone asks which country is safest for driving, we might be tempted to say the United States. However, that would not be the case. According to Drive Safer, the United States did not make the list of the safest countries for driving. We are not the worst drivers in the world, but there is a lot […]

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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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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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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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Study Reveals Two People Are Killed in Red Light Accidents Every Day

Study Reveals Two People Are Killed in Red Light Accidents Every Day

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than two people are killed each day by motor vehicle drivers running red lights. Most people would likely say that they would like to see better and safer driving habits. However, our actions seem to speak louder than words. The AAA study gives great insight into drivers’ attitudes and driving habits. As a result, we can […]

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How Can We Make Intersections Safer?

How Can We Make Intersections Safer?

One of the most common dangers at a traffic intersection is a vehicle running a red-light. Solving the problem will involve a combination of education, enforcement, engineering and technology. The first step is to identify if an intersection has a problem with red-light violations. First, a municipality should conduct an engineering study. This study should be able to determine whether the red-light running problem is […]

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