Matos has driven up alongside motorists with his lights on but the drivers who are cruising at 85 mph are too busy texting to notice him. “Until [motorists] get into an accident, they feel they are invincible, honestly.”
Jeffery Woods, 53, is charged with emergency vehicle-failure to yield, emergency vehicle-approaching improperly, fleeing vehicle, reckless driving, obstructing an officer, obstructing a firefighter directing traffic and obstructing a firefighter. Any other charges are pending lab results.
The $1.8 million project is one of a series around the Richmond region to improve pedestrian safety. VDOT will add sidewalks, ramps, crosswalks and accessible pedestrian signals. For a list of intersections to be affected, follow the link above.
Using eye-tracking equipment, researchers from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering have found that more than half of drivers at busy intersections fail to make the necessary scans for pedestrians or cyclists at right turns.
Checkpoint Strikeforce describes the period of increased enforcement to combat the rise in drunk driving deaths during Labor Day weekend. It will take place from August 17 through Labor Day weekend, and resume periodically during holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Eve.
Farmington Police sat in the cab of a parked, camouflage-colored Freightliner tractor looking down at vehicles to see if drivers were violating the state’s distracted driving laws. If he saw a driver in violation of the law... he alerted an officer in a nearby cruiser.
Using vehicle-to-vehicle communications, the company's system successfully stopped the first truck from hitting a stationary object, and simultaneously stopped the electronically linked truck in the back from crashing into the back of that lead truck.
"I honestly wish it was me instead of her," the teen says.
Authorities said the car ran off the road, flipped over several times and crashed into a tree. The force of the 106mph crash uprooted the tree.
The first new law, which goes into effect next July, imposes a harsher penalty on drivers caught using a phone behind the wheel without a hands-free device, making the penalty $75 for a first offense.
The second law adds the “Dutch Reach” method of opening car doors to Illinois’ Rules of the Road manual and adds bike safety questions to the state driver’s license exam.
According to court documents, the solider told officers he was coming from a bar, but did not have anything to drink. Documents state that he then later told police he had had "about 3 or 4 shots of vodka."
Once cars are machine-driven, any pedestrian-driver communication gets a lot harder. So how does a woman walking or a kid biking check in with a car to know it's safe to cross the street? That's where Ford's "language" comes in. Ford's been testing a windshield light bar for more than 180 hours and in 2,300 miles in urban areas — to communicate a vehicle's intent to other road users.
The UVA team believes its app is different from others in that it allows users to generate routes based on alternative factors that they can assign importance to, such as cost, safety and exercise level. The app takes into consideration the cost of tolls, parking garages and public transportation, including bike-share services.
New York credits its "Vision Zero" program for a 44 per cent drop in pedestrian deaths since 2014, with overall traffic fatalities down by 27 per cent. The first half of 2018 has seen the fewest traffic-related fatalities in any six-month period ever measured in America's most populated city, officials say.
"We have found situations where the vehicles under semi-automated control may do things that can put you and your passengers at risk, and so you really need to be on top of it to prevent that from happening," said David Zuby, the institute's chief research officer.
About 90% of all traffic collisions are caused by driver error, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, and crashes often occur due to aggressive drivers. The best way to avoid a crash is to drive defensively.
In the wake of a toddler’s death, the city is making changes on L Street – including removing parking spaces near cross walks, adding yield signs and painting lines that change the contour of the street to make it appear more curved instead of a straight shot.
TrafficCast — a national leader in traffic data and technology that’s based in Wilmington, Del. — created the design challenge in search of “fresh designs and innovative ideas to power a better mobility solution” for daily travelers.
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released the update to its renowned Crash Predictor Model, which statistically quantifies the likelihood of future crash involvement based on specific truck driving behaviors.
A new study conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance reveals that more than a third (37 percent) of parents admit to not enforcing punishments when their teen breaks a rule – or even the law while driving.
"Our officers go out on deployments where they're just looking for distracted driving, just like they do when they're just looking for speeders in a certain area."
Dugan says the speed limit is posted for a reason and drivers should follow it.
A St. Catharines man has been arrested after allegedly assaulting, threatening and chasing a group of teenagers, driving his vehicle "dangerously... over grass, gardens, stones, and ditches," narrowly missing the teenagers.
The King County Target Zero Task Force recently conducted a study to learn how well motorists understand and adhere to the law. The study found that a number of drivers are still unsure if it is legal to enter information into a GPS system while driving (only if it can be done with a single touch), use a cell phone while stopped at an intersection (illegal), or dial 9-1-1 while driving in the case of an emergency (legal).
He was sentenced to three years and three months in a young offenders institution for the serious injury by dangerous driving charges, one year for aggravated vehicle taking, to run concurrently, and 18 months for the ABH charges, also to run concurrently.
The signs are up at low lying roads across the DC region, warning of high water. Some don’t listen. In Annandale, Tuesday morning the driver of a car on Woodburn Road found himself up Accotink Creek without a paddle.
Overall, on the three test routes, there were 55 violations between May 7 and 18 without the use of the extended stop arms, but between May 21 and June 5, the number of violations were reduced to six, an 89 percent improvement.
More teens and young adults are dying in car crashes, because of a simple choice, not to wear a seat belt. It takes less than two seconds to do and it could save your life but many teens are choosing not to wear one.
What is road literacy? You understand what is taking place in your environment in the present moment, you can imagine what could happen in the next, and realizing what your role is in affecting the next future moments for yourself and everyone else in that space.
Driving laps around the neighbourhood at 4am is a technique many parents have used to help their restless baby fall asleep. Now scientists believe they might understand how cars can make us drowsy and their research shows it's not just limited to babies.
The ramp closure would initially be done as a four-month pilot program so Virginia could present the data to the Federal Highway Administration as part of a request to make the afternoon closure permanent.
The speed limit on Brook Road is 35 miles per hour, but the 2017 traffic study clocked 65% of traffic exceeding 40 mph, and around 2,500 vehicles per day exceeding 45 miles per hour. The road would be restructured to include room for parking, a bike lane, and one vehicular traffic lane in each direction.
On April 25th, 2018 the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s unannounced Brake Safety Day ended with 3.8% of inspections issuing an out of service violation. CVSA's "Operation Safe Driver" week began July 16th.
An Oregon law that went into effect July 1 raises the penalties for distracted driving with each offense, culminating in possible jail time. A first offense that doesn't contribute to a crash carries a fine of up to $1,000, while the fine for a second offense or first offense contributing to a crash can be as high as $2,000.
“Everybody agrees that we have a crisis, and it needs to be addressed.” Two of the counties in Simmons’ Mississippi Delta district shut down more than 30 bridges each. Those closures can reroute residents on 40- to 50-mile detours, and they can prevent firefighters and paramedics from getting to residents quickly.
Delaware, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, and Tennessee will receive funds that will be used to produce traffic safety videos, run peer-to-peer projects, host safety events, create safety kits and run safety-themed contests.
Teenage drivers are eight times more likely to be involved in a collision or near miss during the first three months after getting a driver's license, according to a study led by the National Institutes of Health.
It's very dangerous to drive when tired, but sometimes you get tired during a drive and don't realize it. This cushion is an invisible way to monitor a driver as they drive, alert them if drowsiness is detected, and help avoid an accident.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) “Large Truck Crash Causation Study” cites driver behavior as the critical reason for more than 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger vehicle crashes.
Veterans previously were able to purchase the veteran ID card for a one-time $10 fee. The DMV no longer will issue these veteran ID cards, but they do not expire so those who already have one will be able to continue to use it.
A new study from a team of researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) found that in the previous three months, about half of parents talked on a cell phone while driving when their children between the ages of 4 and 10 were in the car.
The first hackathon was held in Virginia Beach, where dozens of participants collaborated, developed and presented ideas on paving data, infrastructure inventory, and applications that reward driving distraction-free.
Because of a new law, HB1525, that went into effect on July 1, if you're caught texting or reading an email while driving near a highway work zone when "workers are present," you'll face a "mandatory" $250 fine.
Road fatalities from accidents with heavy goods vehicles are decreasing. However, Volvo Truck’s research shows that the same reduction is not being seen in accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians.
Studies show that 97% of the population experience a noticeable decline in performance when they try to do two or more things at once. The difference between driving and other activities is that multi-tasking while driving leads to accidents, injuries, and deaths.
SUMMER driving season, and the congestion it brings, coincides with prime road paving season. Travelers will be dealing with constant paving work across the state into November but VDOT has an online app to help drivers avoid the messy paving work.
D.C. Council Member Jack Evans, who also is the chairman of Metro's board, said funds for Metro have to come from somewhere. In April, he said he didn't think passengers would notice the tax increase "because they have no idea what they are going to pay anyway."
Retreat participants, including students and their YOVASO club advisors, will spend the week learning about how to reduce crash risks, studying negative consequences of poor driving behaviors, and training to serve as youth traffic safety advocates.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Phil Robinson and Matt Gurwell, a former trooper and CEO with Keeping Us Safe, met with more than 40 residents on adjustments seniors need to make with their driving behaviors.
Research into the dangers of using a car's touchscreen interface while driving has found that the computer display remains distracting, even when it isn't being used - and voice controls are no better.
While 48 states currently allow drivers to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) at 18, those same drivers are prohibited from driving in interstate commerce until they are 21. Under current federal law, a 20-year-old truck driver could not drive 14 miles from Springfield, Virginia to Washington D.C., but that same driver could haul a load from Arlington to Norfolk, Virginia, a more than six-hour drive roundtrip.
While driver satisfaction can be attributed to many factors, including technology that reduces paperwork and increase productive time spent on the road, pet companions provide benefits to their owners.
A Nissan Altima, driven by a male minor was taking the ramp from Broad Street to I-95 north. The Altima took the curve too fast and got stuck under a tractor trailer that was travelling along the interstate.
He announced the update on Twitter in response to a Twitter user who said his vehicle could not decide to allow a vehicle ahead of his to merge in front of him when lanes converged on a highway during heavy traffic.
Adding a teen driver is expensive. Not only does it mean possibly adding a vehicle, as well as car tags, gas, maintenance, school parking permits and so on, it also means your car insurance premium is about to rise dramatically.
We want all kids to have a great summer away from school and to be excited for their new journey in life after graduation. We also need to make sure they are aware of the dangers that these exciting times bring.
June is National Safety Month, and according to Omnitracs, improving fleet safety shouldn't just be a matter of reacting when an accident occurs. Here are four secrets from Omnitracs to boosting safety in your fleet.
New research from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration announced May 9 indicates what should be obvious but still seems to elude some shops and carriers: Cars are safer now because of new technology.