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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Understanding the Link Between Unsafe Road Conditions and Car Accidents

Understanding the Link Between Unsafe Road Conditions and Car Accidents

Thousands of traffic accidents happen across the nation every day. Most of these accidents can be attributed to driver negligence. However, drivers aren’t always to blame. Unsafe and dangerous road conditions contribute to a staggering number of car accidents every year. As a result, thousands of drivers, passengers, and bystanders suffer injuries through no fault of their own. Instead, they’re forced to struggle with painful […]

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