National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) recently relaunched its Zero Distractions Campaign, which seeks to educate current and future drivers, and their passengers about the importance of active and safe driving on the road.
Speed is one of the biggest dangers on the road. In 2019, 9,478 deaths — more than a quarter of all traffic fatalities — occurred in speed-related crashes. Higher speeds make crashes more likely and make the crashes that happen more severe.
Look past the stereotype of the stubborn 90-year-old who refuses to cough up the car keys and you’ll find a more nuanced reality. It’s painful to admit it’s no longer prudent to drive. But the decision gets easier if the option is putting yourself—and others—at great risk of harm.
During last year’s Operation Safe Driver Week, officers issued 71,343 warnings and citations and 28,486 state or local driver enforcement violations, ranging from speeding to failure to wear a seat belt.
Among the main causes of car crashes are texting and driving. Being on your phone for any reason will decrease your reflexes. Talking on the phone takes one hand off the wheel and texting takes your eyes off the wheel.
The IRT method’s origins were the result of passage of the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act that required the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study of the CSA program and its motor carrier Safety Measurement System.
In honor of World Safety Day, the Together for Safer Roads (TSR) Global Leadership Council for Fleet Safety are calling for companies around the globe to enroll in the Focus on Fleet Safety program, designed to improve road safety, particularly in small- to mid-size fleets.
Make it a habit to always check the backseat of your car when you park. And don't just glance back, get out and look through the passenger windows since many carseats are rear-facing and it can look like no one is sitting back there from the driver's seat.
According to the NHTSA, sending/reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for five seconds. If a vehicle is traveling at 55 mph, that's essentially driving the length of a football field blindfolded.
The move by auto OEMs and suppliers to emphasizing head-up displays at the bottom left of windshields is fed by factors ranging from safety concerns to interior design, from the power needs of electric vehicles to the ergonomics of autonomous vehicles.
New research and inspection data shows that electronic logging devices are largely on target to reach their goals of improving road safety and simplifying tracking hours of service, according to a technology expert.
A lot of emphasis has been placed on making trailers smarter, safer, and more resilient in recent years. From telematics sensors and advanced lighting systems to innovative designs and construction materials, the trailer is becoming a high-value asset for a fleet.
The national average for instances of “rude” driving in 2020 was 25.90 per 1,000 drivers. Virginia came in at 43.26 out of 1,000, or 41% higher than the national average. By contrast, the most polite was Kentucky, which has 10 rude infractions per 1,000 drivers.
A Technology & Maintenance Council study group on fleet maintenance management hosted the session on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) as part of the council’s spring meeting on April 23. TMC is a division of American Trucking Associations.
Cars have become safer for people inside them over the ears, but the number of people who died on roads last year in the United States still reached as many as 42,000 according to preliminary data from an advocacy group.
For anyone considering buying an electric car, there’s growing evidence that they’re as safe or safer than conventionally powered vehicles. A new set of tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety looked into that.
In publishing this study, the center anticipates more effective collaboration for improved safety among industry stakeholders as they better understand fleet professionals' desires, constraints, and priorities.
A vehicle maintenance coding system used by repair shops across the trucking industry is receiving an update that has been years in the making, and is also evolving to include the burgeoning electric vehicle segment.
The top three distractions for drivers are texts, phone calls and children in the backseat, but in what may seem counter intuitive, nearly all parents altered their driving behavior and were less likely to be distracted by technology.
The problem does not stem from a lack of trying, but rather, a failure to recognize the problem for what it is. Unravelling the traffic death and congestion puzzle will require taking a closer look at the nature of both and understanding the subtle relationship that ties the two together.
The list took into consideration the agency’s research and results of transportation-related accidents investigated by the board, particularly those involving speeding and distracted and impaired driving, large contributors to fatal crashes.
According to collision data from Virginia’s Traffic Records Electronic Data System, distracted driving contributed to 18,816 crashes and 121 fatal accidents in 2020. Those figures represent 17.8% of all crashes and 14.2% of all fatalities on Virginia roadways.
Dense cities where public transit was already popular generally saw the largest increases. In cities with lower density, more cars per capita and higher traffic speeds, the increase in cycling was more modest.
The CVSA’s International Roadcheck will take place May 4 — 6, 2021 throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Law enforcement agencies will conduct tens of thousands of CMV inspections during the three-day effort.
The insurer says such driving behaviors may have contributed in part to more hazardous roads. According to the National Safety Council, motor vehicle deaths were up 8% in 2020 from 2019 – the highest percentage increase in 13 years.
"Many teens wrongly think they can drive safely while high," said Michelle Anderson of The National Road Safety Foundation. "But the reality is, marijuana impairs judgement and slows reaction time. That delayed response to surroundings on the road can be the cause of an otherwise avoidable crash."
Distracted driving continues to be a danger to everyone on the nation’s roads. In 2019, 3,142 people died in distracted driving crashes in America, according to the latest data from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s report on drivers’ habits from March to September 2020 suggested more motorists were adopting risky driving practices during the pandemic including speeding and failing to wear their seatbelt.
All of this data has to be reviewed and acted upon, which can be difficult given the distributed workforce of drivers. To be effective, fleet managers also need information to be predictive of crash risk, but tailored to specific driver needs.
The volume of traffic fell much more. As a result, more people died per mile traveled—1.25 per 100 million miles in the first half of the year, compared with 1.06 in the same period in 2019, and the highest rate since 2008.
Not so long ago, driverless cars seemed like something out of a science-fiction novel or film. However, companies are now testing them in several markets. Analysts caution that specifics still must get ironed out about new laws and regulations surrounding these high-tech vehicles.
New analysis AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 2,008 deaths occurred wrong-way driving crashes on divided highways between 2015 and 2018 for an average of approximately 500 deaths a year; up 34 percent from the 375 deaths annually from 2010 to 2014.
A new panel of truckers will advise American Trucking Associations’ federation on ways to “grow and strengthen” relationships between the trucking industry and law enforcement organizations nationwide, ATA announced March 24.
Sometimes driving can cause discomfort, especially in the neck, shoulders or hands. And that in turn can make driving more difficult. If you experience persistent pain in the car, you should make an appointment with an occupational therapist who specializes in driving.
Federal trucking regulators are progressing on plans for a $30 million Large-Truck Crash Causal Factors study intended to gather new critical information and data in an effort to reduce crashes nationwide.
The latest IIHS study, which used data collected between 1997 and 2018, quells the supposition that seniors should park their cars in the garage and only drive on Sunday. It says that, mile-per-mile, older drivers are actually safer than younger counterparts.
An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study found that drivers using adaptive cruise control and other automated features tend to do something many drivers do without help from artificial intelligence: speed.
Traffic fatalities were up 2 percent across Virginia in 2020, even though traffic crashes were down 21 percent compared to 2019, according to preliminary data by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
The National Safety Council estimate for 2020 deadly car crashes in the U.S. shows an eight percent increase compared to 2019. The NSC reported 42,060 deaths in crashes across the country last year. In 2019, there were 39,107.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that drivers using adaptive cruise control (ACC) were more likely to set a target speed that was over the limit because of the perception that the system enhanced their safety.
Speeding, distracted driving, work zone accidents and a lack of seat belt use in fatal truck-occupant crashes remain “areas of concern” among federal trucking regulators, according to a top official at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
The purpose of a risk management strategy is to manage — and mitigate — potential risks. This includes anticipating the possibility of at-fault driver incidences, engaging in prevention and reducing claims against the carrier.
Some truck buyers require lightweighting while most others move toward it slowly, if at all, but the coming of electric trucks may demand more of it, according to an updated confidence report from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency.
For the first time in 20 years, America’s grade point average for infrastructure is finally out of the D range. This year, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave the nation a grade of C- for its cumulative GPA.
Three national roadway safety organizations — the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) — are partnering to fund and evaluate pilot projects to reduce speeding.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety collaborated to perform crash impact tests at 40, 50 and 56 mph to determine how speed affects the likelihood and severity of injury in a crash.
This project will develop a sensor degradation detection algorithm for automated driving systems to tackle existing safety issues, such as leading a vehicle off the road or causing the vehicle to suddenly stop in the middle of an intersection.
The criteria identify critical vehicle inspection items and detail the criteria that can prohibit a motor carrier or driver from operating a commercial motor vehicle for a specified period of time or until the condition is corrected.
NHTSA started wrecking cars in 1978 to test their performance during frontal-impact crashes and later added side and rollover crash tests as well as lists of recommended safety technology to its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).
This report offers a framework that can serve as a tool for public- and private-sector actors in ensuring the equitable development of new forms of transportation focusing on consumers and the local mobility ecosystem.
To some degree, the driving task changes because of the rainy conditions, and the reaction of the drivers is altered too. In theory, if we all agreed to drive in a “reasonable” manner during the rain, the difficulties of driving in the rain would be a lot less problematic.
A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states 46% of car seats were "misused." The NHTSA defines this as how the car seat is installed that could reduce its ability to protect a child in a crash.
Recent research has indicated that most of the heightened risk is related to the types of vehicles women drive and the circumstances of their crashes rather than physical differences between men and women.
The number of driver violations reported rose by roughly 10,000 over the final two months of 2020, the first full year of operation for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.
Stepped-up enforcement will have a special focus on commercial motor vehicle lighting and hours of service. Inspectors from jurisdictions throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States will carry out the 72-hour event.
The Virginia Port Authority has been awarded a $2.1 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration to develop a proof of concept using an autonomous truck to access terminals and deliver and receive containers.
Traffic deaths on U.S. roadways rose in 2020, compared to 2019, according to a new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), despite the fact that there were fewer drivers on the road.
Imagine if your car was able to call your mechanic when the engine was showing signs of trouble. Imagine if the mechanic could read a data report from your engine and order the required parts ahead of time.
Keeping roadways free of snow and ice is critical for safety, but the de-icing products states use — mainly chlorides — are notorious for causing truck corrosion, creating a significant risk to equipment.
Despite the clear safety benefits and demonstrated reduction in frequency, severity and injuries in crash statistics, resistance remains to retiring older equipment because of reluctance or resistance to ADAS technologies.
So, once you’ve decided to make stopping behind a crosswalk a new habit, you must work at it—constantly. This requires vigilance and discipline; every time you pull up to one, you must pay attention and plan ahead of time, multiple times a day.
This year, new technologies will enable more drivers to take their hands off the wheel while on the road. But that doesn't mean their cars will be fully self-driving -- that day still remains far in the future.
A growing number of motor carriers are taking advantage of remote diagnostics to streamline vehicle maintenance and reduce downtime, but fleets must know how to filter through the data to use this information effectively.
A primary offense refers to any crime or violation that allows police to pull over a driver for that reason alone. A secondary offense is one where a motorist can be charged after being stopped for the primary offense.
Advanced driver assistance features have the potential to improve safety for young, novice drivers, but parents have mixed opinions about how to introduce such technologies to their teenagers, a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows.
The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) and The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) are looking for innovative methods with which resource officers teach teens about safe driving.
Balanced on two wheels without a protective shell, riding a motorbike is far more dangerous than driving a car. In the United States, for example, motorcyclists are about 28 times as likely as car occupants to die in a crash.
Automakers are expanding screen size in large part because customers want to mirror their consumer electronics experience in the vehicle, said Stephanie Brinley, principal automotive analyst at research firm IHS Markit.
Roadways can be dangerous, both for drivers and for pedestrians. In the United States alone, 38,800 people lost their lives to car crashes in 2019. And it’s estimated that worldwide, more than 1.35 million people are killed on roadways every year.
A new draft of voluntary cybersecurity best practices released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration focused on secure software use has the support of industry and is expected to be widely adopted.
The same lessons we learned in driver’s ed all those years ago also apply to the safe operation of a truck. Stay away from trouble, and alert authorities to potentially drunk, drugged or incapacitated drivers.
A new mandated law in Virginia forbids people from driving while holding a handheld device such as a phone in their hand. Local leaders in the commonwealth believe this will help eliminate deadly crashes.
More than 35,000 people a year are killed, and some three million are injured, in vehicle-related crashes in the United States each year. Fortunately, there are a lot of people and organizations that work all year, every year to try to bring those numbers down, and we all want that.
Grants allow law enforcement agencies, non-profit organizations, state and local government agencies, and colleges and universities to implement innovative programs and campaigns aimed at preventing and reducing traffic fatalities, injuries, and crashes in Virginia.
To control full vehicle dynamics, which is necessary for advanced driver assistance systems as well for automated driving, there are two actuators in the vehicle, which are important: Braking and steering.
The Federal Highway Administration recently awarded $49.6 million to support projects that incorporate transportation-related technologies, including an effort to develop autonomous truck accommodations at the Port of Virginia.
Teen drivers are more likely to be involved in a car crash than any other age group. The lack of driving experience and the immature behaviors of teen drivers are the main reasons why teen drivers are involved in more crashes.
As we approach the advent of self-driving cars, some various nuances and qualms still need to be worked out, including the seemingly innocuous matter of chickens crossing the road, along with other facets of anything or anyone that perchance crosses the road while in front of an oncoming self-driving car.
First offense, $125. Second, $250. Experts don’t mince words in terms of the pernicious epidemic of cell phone usage by drivers: a device meant to make our lives easier is unnecessarily claiming countless lives.
Several pedestrian crashes were caused by negligent adult drivers, pedestrian distraction while walking, drunk driving, unsafe drop-offs, poorly designated crosswalks, and malfunctioning traffic lights.
Hydrogen to power commercial vehicles is a hot topic these days. There seems to be something in the news about it every day. And hydrogen just so happens to be the fuel of choice for fuel cells to power vehicles.
Do not begin your year with injury, death, or heartache due to the avoidable mistake of drinking and driving this holiday. It is not worth it. Remember to think of others on the road, think of your family, and think of yourself.
The rate in which people died on the road is higher. If you drove this year, you had an increased chance of a fatal crash. On top of that, add the additional danger of contracting COVID due to contact with medical professionals.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end collisions account for roughly 23% of all motor vehicle crashes, and causing 2,000 deaths and 950,000 injuries annually.
The magazine Outside tracked every death of a bicyclist in a collision with a car so far in 2020 and found that despite COVID-19 dropping traffic rates and road miles traveled in the U.S., death rates for cyclists remain high.
As you might imagine, your car wasn’t designed to vibrate when it moves, and a newly-developing vibration isn’t something to ignore. It can cause damage to other parts of your car and may even pose a safety issue as you're driving down the road.
There were 36,096 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2019. This represents a decrease of 739 (down 2%) from the reported 36,835 fatalities in 2018, even though vehicle miles traveled (VMT) increased by 0.8%.
International Roadcheck is an annual 72-hour inspection and enforcement initiative conducted by CVSA-certified inspectors in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. This year’s International Roadcheck took place Sept. 9-11.
Car seats are designed to be snug—that’s how they protect your little ones in an crash. But by adding a bulky winter coat to the mix, you’re creating some wiggle room that would be dangerous in an crash.
Teens living in states that ban cell phone use while driving may be less likely to use their electronic devices when behind the wheel, according to a study from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced the launch of the Beautify Virginia program as a part of its Environmental Stewardship Initiative to support keeping Virginia’s roadways litter free.
During the Click it or Ticket campaign, VSP participated in Operation C.A.R.E. - Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort. VSP reported 498 drivers were cited for failing to buckle themselves or juveniles.
Many of us, at some point, have probably felt sleepy while behind the wheel. While it’s inevitable that this can happen, the choices we make once we realize we’re drowsy can make the difference between getting into a crash and arriving safely at our destination.
The Virginia Department of Transportation recently completed a pedestrian accommodations project to enhance safety and accessibility at the intersection of East Parham Road and Brook Road in Henrico County.
The Central Virginia Planning District Commission (CVPDC) in partnership with Campbell County and the Virginia Department of Transportation, is seeking citizen input to identify potential improvements to the Route 24 corridor.
Some of us keep absolutely nothing in our cars’ trunks, while others have enough packed in there that they could live in their car for weeks. Somewhere in between is this list of 30 things we think every car owner should always have on hand.
Manufacturers, suppliers and automated vehicle developers will need to piece together a complex combination of software, sensors and new components to safely introduce fully self-driving trucks on the nation’s highways.
Given the far-reaching and potentially disruptive effects the autonomous movement of goods will have on the trucking industry, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency has begun exploring the subject of autonomous trucking.
As the Tri-Cities sees its first snowfall of the season, the Virginia Department of Transportation and county emergency management agencies all say they already have an inclement weather plan in place.
The U.S. Department of Transportation issued what it is calling a “first-of-its-kind” Pedestrian Safety Action Plan on November 23 – a plan that will be overseen by the Federal Highway Administration and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
As a reminder, motorists must follow the “move over” law when approaching an emergency vehicle stopped alongside the road. If unable to move over, drivers must cautiously pass the emergency vehicle, including those with amber lights.
Rebekah Cazares, a Wilder Fellow with PlanRVA, the region's district planning commission, is conducting a study of how the built environment -- roads, sidewalks, utility poles and bus stops-- in Richmond and its surrounding counties can be improved.
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Click It or Ticket! campaign reminds those who will be traveling that the best way to ensure you and your loved ones arrive at your destination safely is to always wear a seat belt.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on the potential development of a framework of principles to govern the safe behavior of automated driving systems (ADS) in the future.
The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) reviews and approves allocations from the Federal Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside program.
With many Virginians planning to hit the road to grandma’s house, or wherever they may be heading, the Virginia State Police says motorists should be traveling with extra caution, even with less travel anticipated this year versus previous years.
If you’re like many Americans who are driving less due to the COVID-19 pandemic, your skills are getting a bit rusty. If you’re worried you’re losing your edge behind the wheel, consider these tips to help strengthen your driving skills when you’re driving less.
More than one in three long-haul truck driver has been in a serious truck crash in their career. While crash deaths of occupants of large trucks held at about 5,000 between 2018 and 2019, non-commercial traffic deaths dropped 2% over the same period.
Technological advances have made cars safer in many ways. There are systems that brake if a collision is imminent; warn the driver and take control if the car leaves the lane, and issue alerts when pedestrians are about to step into the road.
As Thanksgiving approaches, we asked Martha Mitchell Meade, manager of public and government affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic, about what travelers can expect this holiday season and on-the-road safety tips.
This year, VDOT cares for over 128,000 lane miles of state-maintained roads. They have more than 11,300 pieces of snow removal equipment. There’s more than 690,000 tons of salt, sand and treated abrasives.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is holding its annual “Click It or Ticket campaign, stressing the importance of wearing your seatbelt. Local police departments are joining the campaign.
While holiday travel will look different this year for families across the country, for those venturing out and visiting family, we want to remind everyone to buckle up - whether in the front or backseat of the car.
In a statement Thursday, AAA Mid-Atlantic said that while they predict more than 50 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday, that’s down about 5 million from last year and would be the largest one-year drop since the 2008 recession.
The Virginia Transportation Research Council, an arm of the Virginia Department of Transportation, presented their findings on Albemarle’s wildlife corridors, and how to better connect habitats across busy roadways.
Given that most of the AI developers have their hands full with trying to get the self-driving car to handle the day-to-day normal stuff, the idea of preparing the AI to contend with a falling tree is a somewhat distant thought.
It’s difficult to teach a machine to react correctly when faced with new or unpredictable situations we frequently encounter while driving. Heaps of engineering effort has gone into cracking this problem.
Simulators can serve as a resource for truck driver training and testing, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, according to experts assembled for a webinar hosted by the Transportation Research Board on Nov. 6.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every year about 100,000 police-reported crashes involve drowsy driving. These crashes result in more than 1,550 fatalities and 71,000 injuries.
County leaders said they're happy to be at the forefront of an emerging technology, but that the shuttle also fills a real need of “last mile” transportation, connecting a busy Metrorail site with a retail district that is about a mile away, a little farther than most are willing to walk.
The National Safety Council (NSC) report ‘Understanding Driver Distraction’ finds that evidence proves that distraction can be deadly. It states that actions should be taken to eliminate distracted driving as well as the deaths and injuries it causes.
The $3.8 billion project will increase tunnel and interstate capacity along 9.9 miles of Interstate 64 between Hampton and Norfolk, reducing congestion and easing access to the Port of Virginia and the world’s largest Naval base.
Installing forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking systems on heavy-duty vehicles could eliminate more than 40% of rear-end crashes involving large trucks, according to an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) study of SmartDrive Systems data.
The sergeant says this isn’t just about driver safety. The real concern is what could happen in an emergency. If Route 311 is blocked, in whole or in part, it can mean major detours for first responders.
Road rage is a criminal offense. NHTSA (2000, 2001) defines it as, "An assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger(s) of one motor vehicle or precipitated by an incident that occurred on a roadway.”
While protection from the virus will be on most parents’ minds, if they are allowing children to go out to trick or treat, it is also important to protect them as they walk or ride bicycles on the sidewalks and roadways.
From 2010-2019, Oslo had an average of five to seven traffic fatalities a year. Some U.S. cities of similar size to Oslo (population 693,491 in 2018) have more than double the traffic fatalities in a given year.
In the nearly eight months since the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, cities across the county have closed roads, extended bike lanes and turned parking spaces into dining spots as a way to give Americans more space to move around safely during the health crisis.
The average American drives over 13,000 miles each year, according to the Federal Highway Administration, and there are 6.7 million traffic crashes every year, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
Every 84 minutes in the United States, a pedestrian dies in a traffic-related incident, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. In 2018, 6,283 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes, up from 5,977 the year before.
Bureau Chief for Transportation and Operations Hui Wong says Vision Zero started in Europe to eliminate traffic death and severe injuries. More than 40 U.S. cities and localities have joined the movement.
Teens from the District of Columbia and the neighboring states of Maryland and Virginia are being invited to help spread the word about the dangers of speeding in the fourth annual Drive Safe D.C. PSA Contest.
Workers patching potholes, striping roads, directing traffic or building highways are more at risk than ever, they say, as drivers zoom through work zones or are preoccupied chatting or texting on their phones.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics suggest that the growing amount of safety tech is starting to pay off. They show traffic fatalities dropping to an estimated 36,120 in 2019 from 37,461 in 2016 despite a rise in average miles traveled.
Slippery conditions make it much more important to observe the warning sign (black lettering on a yellow background), which normally has a suggested speed limit under DRY conditions, meaning your vehicle should be well below this speed.
The number of large-truck occupants who perished in traffic crashes increased slightly in 2019, while overall traffic fatalities declined, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.
Each year, MADD recognizes the brave men and women of Virginia for their commitment to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking.
There is currently a multitude of such proposed AI Ethics indications and no single set has become the one-and-only globally accepted standard, though nonetheless they all pretty much adhere to a similar theme and core values.
Fall is here and winter is quickly approaching. Before you know it, ice and snow will be falling from the skies once again. Now is as good a time as ever to refresh your memory on how to navigate slippery roads and poor driving conditions.
The Liberty, Jefferson Forest, and Staunton River high school YOVASO clubs were among the 22 award winners recognized during the annual Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO) Awards Ceremony Tuesday night.
Distracted driving continues to be a danger to everyone on the nation’s roads. In 2018, 2,841 people died in distracted driving crashes in America, according to the latest data from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The National Safety Council will recognize the 10th anniversary of Distracted Driving Awareness Month this October, kicking off the annual observance with the release of a report that details the science behind distraction and calls on key stakeholders to make life-saving changes.
In addition to buckling up, the campaign will also address speed prevention, which remains a key factor in all fatal crashes involving a young driver with approximately half of fatal teen crashes being caused by excessive speed.
In accordance with Child Passenger Safety Week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is emphasizing the importance of proper safety seat implementation and overall child passenger measures.
The data also highlights the influence that other factors such as weather can have on cycling. Record warmth in January and February 2020 may be the best explanation for why New York City, Washington, D.C., and Chicago had already seen big booms in bike trips even before the pandemic began.
Virginia Tech research associate Andrew Miller said the research confirms previous findings by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health that found coaching is a crucial piece of any driver monitoring system.
This week, the trucking industry recognized its truck drivers with special events, giving out prizes and awards as a part of its recognition. Using the hashtag, #NTDAW2020 and #NTDAW, companies took to social media to spread the word about this week’s events.
The nation is grappling with a pedestrian safety crisis that has worsened in recent years: The number of pedestrians killed in the U.S. hit a 28-year high of 6,283 in 2018, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
As for the lonely long-distance truck driver, think of how much more successful and safer they can be with a whole team openly communicating in support. And speaking of building team communication, don’t forget to include your highway patrol.
This plan serves as a guide for the region in creating a more efficient, responsive and environmentally sensitive transportation system during the next 25 years, and represents the interests of the city of Lynchburg, the town of Amherst and urbanized portions of Amherst, Bedford and Campbell counties.
Researchers have found that almost all road users break the law, but the reasons for the infractions differ between modes. Motorists break road rules to save time while cyclists do so to save their necks.
Pedestrians are one of the most at-risk groups of roadway users, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While pedestrians account for only 3 percent of all Americans involved in traffic crashes, they represent 14 percent of all traffic fatalities.
Traveling at a speed of 60 miles per hour, a driver taking a photo for approximately two seconds takes their eyes off of the road for 176 feet, which is the length of nearly two basketball courts, over half a soccer field, or nearly half a football field.
In July 2019, VDOT began implementing operational improvements including traffic cameras, changeable message signs, curve warning systems, additional Safety Service Patrol resources, and innovative towing programs.
City leaders say pedestrian deaths in Roanoke are triple what they were last year.
Increased state funding to address the problem will add safety measures to help reduce the number of pedestrian deaths.
Automakers’ marketing and branding of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) can inflate a driver’s expectations of what the systems can handle, creating overconfident drivers, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
The global coronavirus pandemic has apparently brought out the worst in American drivers. Six months since the coronavirus upended our lives, highway safety officials across the country are reporting a severe spike in speeding.
Operations improvements typically entail minor tweaks to existing infrastructure such as faster towing of disabled vehicles, clearer signage and better lighting, for example — all relatively low-cost upgrades that can reduce the occurrence and severity of backups.
Something subtle and insidious has happened over the past decade or so of driving: the cabin of your car, truck or SUV has been invaded by an occupying force of dings, chimes, klaxons and flashing lights, each one vying for your attention in the middle of your morning commute.
As with driving any vehicle for business, employees who are responsible for driving a truck can face various aspects of risk in their daily work lives. It is imperative that, for their own safety and that of other road users, action is taken to reduce as much risk as possible.
Most of the vehicles without ratings are low-volume models, sports cars, luxury vehicles, or large vans. The expense is too great for NHTSA and the IIHS to test all vehicles, so choices are made based on car sales volume and testing budgets.
As roadway fatalities have surged during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic despite fewer vehicles on the road, one ride share company is partnering with some of the nation’s leading safety organizations to ensure safe rides for all customers.
Failure to use seat belt while operating a commercial motor vehicle was the second most identified traffic enforcement offense, accounting for 12.51% of all warnings (760) and 21.53% (1,003) of all citations given to commercial motor vehicle drivers.
State police is one of nearly 100 law enforcement agencies conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols through Labor Day in an effort to prevent and deter impaired driving and DUI/DUID-related crashes.
The 2019 Labor Day weekend saw a rise in fatal crashes across the Commonwealth. A total of 17 individuals died in traffic crashes in Virginia during the 2019 four-day, holiday, compared to 14 deaths in 2018.
Obtaining a driver's license is arguably one of the most exciting privileges of a young adult's life. However, many new drivers don't fully understand the safety risks and concerns of this coveted privilege.
Making a difference in the community is not a new concept to the trucking industry. Over the past six months, the industry has seen a collective coming together from across the country through free lunches for truck drivers, financial assistance, and more.
Teen drivers and drivers 65 years and older – two age groups at a higher risk of being involved in an automobile crash – are more likely to be driving vehicles that are less safe, putting them at even higher risk of injury.
NHTSA has estimated that 40 percent of vehicles with open recalls don’t get repaired, and safety advocates like Shahan worry that it’s because owners might have never received a recall notice in the first place.
As part of AAA’s annual School’s Open, Drive Carefully campaign, motorists are advised to expect to see children along their travel routes throughout the day and to be extremely cautious in neighborhoods and in school zones.
Last year, nearly one-third (31.9 percent) of traffic fatalities in Virginia were due to alcohol-related crashes, and 18,648 people were convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in the Commonwealth.
It’s no surprise that a lack of driving experience contributes to teen driving crashes. Even without a lot of miles under their belts, teens tend to overestimate their abilities and underestimate the dangers of the road.
Despite a nationwide pandemic, Americans are still on the roads and traveling for the upcoming three day weekend. The National Safety Council estimates that 390 fatalities and 44,400 serious injuries will talk place on U.S. roadways.
In seconds, someone can break the window, unlock the door, and steal your items or the vehicle itself. The worst part is that there are very few witnesses around when this happens, but by taking extra caution and planning, you can avoid burglaries and break-ins.
For the study, institute researchers analyzed data on fatal crashes from several sources to determine how often teens were killed in different types of vehicles compared to older drivers during 2013-17 and in contrast to 2008-12.
During the 1950s, '60s and '70s — the period covered by these photos — Lynchburg and Central Virginia experienced a frenzy of road construction. We may take them for granted, but these projects shape and expand our definition of community.
One thing to keep in mind here is that if you as the parent are financing the purchase, you certainly have every right to decide on the vehicle, the equipment it has and, critically, how and when it is used.
Fairfax County and Dominion Energy are testing an autonomous electric shuttle that could be carrying passengers between the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro station and the county’s eclectic Mosaic District as early as this fall.
Those who violate the law will face a $125 fine for the first offense and $250 for each subsequent offense. Violation of the law in a work zone is an automatic $250 fine, even if it’s a driver’s first offense.
SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) are launching a program to incentivize and honor SADD State Coordinators who demonstrate creativity in promoting SADD programs.
Enforcement officials will inspect commercial motor vehicles throughout the week. Vehicles found to have critical out-of-service brake violations or other critical vehicle out-of-service inspection item violations will be restricted from traveling until those violations are corrected.
Public transit systems play an essential role in moving large numbers of people around New York. Before Covid-19, nearly three-quarters of all daily commuters and visitors took the subway, bus, train or ferry in the city.
Commercial vehicle drivers are more likely to engage in unsafe driving behaviors at the beginning or end of their shifts. Meanwhile, U.S. drivers are speeding more frequently on the less-congested roadways during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With fully-autonomous trucks years away, Level 1 and Level 2 driver assistance systems are helping experienced commercial drivers be even safer on U.S. highways as larger fleets are adopting the evolving technologies.
Automotive engineers and large elements of the automotive press are very excited about the idea of production vehicles that can operate autonomously. The problem is the car-buying public seems much less sold on the idea.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is one of the key stakeholders in a new project to enable sharing of information about unmanned aerial systems (UAS), to address key safety and policy concerns while keeping the airspace open.
Virginia pedestrian deaths reached a record high in 2019, so Drive Smart Virginia is reminding drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to share the responsibility of road safety—especially during Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Month in September.
School buses are traditionally a very safe way to travel. They represent 25 percent of the miles traveled by students in the U.S. but account for less than 4 percent of the injuries and 2 percent of fatalities.
Wildlife sightings are commonplace for anyone who spends time on Virginia’s highways. But many drivers are also all too familiar with the danger that can arise quickly when animals venture into the human-made spaces crisscrossing their habitats.
You’re a parent and you’ve protected your child from all dangers on and off the road. Now your child is a teenager and they are marking off the days until they are old enough to drive. This may leave you asking yourself, what can I do to keep my teen driver safe?
If you've got these masks hanging from the rearview mirror, that's blocking your vision. Who knows what you could be missing. It only takes a second for a collision to happen and for you to miss something.
Top officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Highway Administration have emphasized the importance of advanced driver assistance systems, automated driving systems, and other technologies in commercial trucking.
Apart from being unpleasant to drive on, poor roads are linked to worse traffic, reduced safety, and increased vehicle ownership costs. Research from AAA found that potholes alone cost drivers $3 billion a year in vehicle repair costs.
The new initiative implementing 15 mph speed limits will build upon an effort to promote safer use of streets by pedestrians that has been underway since early June that began with seven initial areas.
AAA found significant problems during simulations where it placed a broken-down car in the vehicle's path. It reported that about two-thirds of the time, a test vehicle would strike the stalled car at an average speed of 25 mph.
Drunk driving remains a major issue in the United States. Alcohol has been a factor in about 30 % of traffic deaths every year for the past decade, and police arrest about a million people a year for driving under its influence.
In Virginia, the days are hot in the summer. The temperature in a car can quickly rise into the 100s and can become deadly in a matter of minutes,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran.
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) last week released a guide urging local leaders to rethink how they set speed limits on city streets in a bid to prevent pedestrian deaths.
While age does have some impact on potential truck driver risk, commercial motor vehicle driving experience is more important when considering risk, according to a recent study from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
Whether it’s walking or biking, more people are enjoying time outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic, but some cities have done a better job at keeping the roads safe for pedestrians — and D.C. is one of them.
Deer-vehicle collisions account for about 1 million crashes each year that kill 200 Americans, cause more than 10,000 personal injuries and result in $1 billion in vehicle damage, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Ultimately, the most important component for reliability is the motor. If it fails or underperforms, all improvements to the rest of the system won’t matter. Unfortunately, not all motors are the same.
New data from the National Safety Council (NSC) found the U.S. traffic fatality rate jumped 23.5% in May, compared to the year prior, despite the number of vehicle miles driven in that month dropping 25.5%.
The virtual sessions will provide motor carriers, drivers, safety technology developers and users, safety advocacy groups and more — as well as members of the public – an opportunity to share their ideas on improving trucking safety.
In the United States one child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle every 10 days, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Since 1998, there have been more than 850 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths.
Roanoke has launched a safety campaign called "Every Corner is a Crosswalk" to call attention to the duties of drivers and pedestrians to be more careful. The city hopes to reduce the number of crashes between vehicles and people walking.
As we get older, we likely will notice physical changes that can make certain actions such as moving our foot from the gas pedal to the brake pedal more challenging. Driver safety requires more than understanding road signs and traffic laws states.
Corporate fleet safety management practices like driver training, fatigue risk management, in-vehicle monitoring systems (IVMSs), and strong mobile phone policies can reduce the number and severity of motor vehicle crashes.
Safety advocates joined federal and state transportation agencies recently as the U.S. Department of Transportation launched a virtual safety summit with the first of three webinars to discuss ways to reduce pedestrian fatalities on the nation’s roadways.
Federal trucking regulators are seeking information on the safety operations of small commercial trucks and vans making deliveries for online retailers and grocery stores that seem to be increasing in number in recent months.
The study finds that widespread adoption of crash avoidance technologies available today and other existing safety systems could save upward of 16,800 to 20,500 lives annually, according to Consumer Reports.
In 2018, the most current year available, NHTSA data reveals pedestrians accounted for 17 percent of all road deaths, up from 12 percent in 2009, and reportedly reaching the highest number in thirty years.
In a study in the July 2 edition of the Journal of Adolescent Medicine, researchers at Yale identified some of the factors contributing to delaying driving licensure, or DDL, and pointed to policy changes that could expand safety training regardless of age.
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare — inadvertently leaving an infant or toddler in a hot vehicle. Because there is so much going on in today’s world, especially in the midst of a pandemic, it can happen to anyone.
A growing number of vehicles in virtually all classes and price points either come standard with or are offering a sophisticated range of driver-assist features engineered to help motorists avoid getting into crashes.
The nation's truck drivers are among those who are risking their personal health and doing the hard work to keep products moving to stores, hospitals and elsewhere. And their effort is being recognized.
Operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a major safety issue, especially for commercial truckers. It is important for carriers to pinpoint the telltale signs of marijuana use and enforce anti-drug-use policies in the workplace.
Law enforcement will be paying closer attention to unsafe driving behaviors of both truck and car drivers July 12-18 as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week.
When enforcement begins in January, it’ll be a primary offense, meaning police can pull you over if they see you on your phone. The penalty is a $125 fine for the first offense and $250 for the second, or if you were caught in a construction zone.
Even though state police did its part to enhance its response times and traffic safety enforcement efforts, too many motorists still put their lives and others at risk during the holiday weekend by failing to drive smart, safe or sober.
Americans took 2.8 billion fewer total trips during the 4th of July week this year than they did in 2019. That overall drop is supported by similar declines in the number of trips per day throughout the week.
A new law takes effect starting this week, which will make crossing the road easier and safer for pedestrians. On Wednesday, July 1, the new law requires drivers to stop and not just yield for pedestrians at crosswalks in all lanes.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), working with the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), launched a statewide survey on Monday, June 29 to gauge the impact of coronavirus on commuters.
Senate Bill 437 (Protection of Bicyclists and Other Vulnerable Road Users) makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor to operate a vehicle in a careless or distracted manner if serious bodily injury is caused to a vulnerable road user.
As temperatures across the country continue to climb this summer and states begin to reopen, the National Safety Council is calling on Americans to educate themselves about the dangers of pediatric vehicular heatstroke and how to prevent it.
As traffic volumes begin rebounding as COVID-19 lockdown orders are relaxed, renewed emphasis is being placed on highway work zone safety especially as higher incidences of speeding recorded during the pandemic are abating only slowly.
As the adoption of autonomous vehicles spreads, roads could be made even safer and more efficient with intelligent infrastructure and traffic management systems, such as smart traffic signals, and even robot traffic controllers.
According to Arrivalist’s Daily Travel Index, which uses GPS data to monitor road trips of 50 miles or more, car travel has increased each week since April. The Memorial Day weekend had the most dramatic uptick in 2020 road trips.
The state transportation board says that while fewer people have been on the roads due to coronavirus shutdowns, there’s a concerning uptick in the number of traffic deaths where victims are speeding and not wearing seat belts.
According to preliminary data from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), from March 13-May 21, 2020, speed-related fatalities make up about 50% of the overall fatalities, which is greater than in the same time frame in 2019 (42%).
Truck drivers have been among the front-line responders to the pandemic, delivering medical supplies and equipment to hospitals and ensuring that store shelves across the country remained stocked with essential goods for consumers.
Previously, the DMV had allowed all driver’s licenses expiring on or before July 31 to be extended until August 31 at the latest, registrations expiring in June got 60 days, and those expiring in July got a 30-day extension.
This year, 46 million Americans say they plan to hit the open road in a recreational vehicle (RV), up from 25 million in 2019, as coronavirus lockdowns force travel lovers to look closer to home for their holiday getaway.
As a growing number of states emerge from COVID-19 isolation, the AAA Foundation’s Traffic Safety Culture Index serves as an important reminder that when drivers return to the road, they need to leave their bad habits behind.
With many opinion polls showing deep skepticism among Americans about self-driving cars, the effort aims to boost public awareness. NHTSA plans “online mapping tools” that will eventually show testing locations and activity data.
Known as the AV TEST initiative, a catchy acronym for Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing, the public will be able to see the log online and also sign-up to be emailed whenever the latest info is posted.
Between 1998 and 2019, Maryland has had 14 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths. Virginia has had 26 and D.C. has had one. Each of these deaths is heartbreaking news. However, one possibility for the lower number compared to past years is the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
To keep the roads safe National Highway Safety Transportation Administration (NHTSA) recommends that drivers and passengers avoid distractions, stay sober, always wear a seat belt and make sure that children are in the correct car seat or booster seat.
As driving begins to return to normal levels across the country after months of lockdown, motorists may fall back into bad driving habits. Even though drivers know that their risky behavior is wrong, many do it anyway, particularly those involved in a recent crash.
The project costs $3.5 million and will remove portions of the outdated high-trafficked highway that present operational and safety challenges. The section is along Virginia Beach Boulevard between Clarence Street and Newtown Road.
New research by insurance comparison website The Zebra reveals that motorists continue to engage in distracted driving, which goes beyond smartphones. In addition to nearly two-thirds of those surveyed admitting using their phone while driving, motorists are finding more creative ways to engage in distracted driving.
Holding a device in itself while driving will not be a violation, but holding one while talking into it, using a touchscreen, pressing buttons, or using it in other ways will be a violation, according to the ordinance.
As the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) continues gradually reopening across Virginia, several more customer service centers, including in the Shenandoah Valley, will be opening back up next week.
With Summer coming around and temperatures rising its important to remember to not keep children or pets locked in hot vehicles. If you won't be able to bring pets or kids inside with you then they should be kept home, not left in a vehicle.
Determining the root cause of why a driver's eyes are off the road early can help mitigate crashes and improve safety. Even seemingly minor distractions can have a devastating impact on the safety of drivers and the motoring public.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has awarded a $4.5 million contract for a road project in Roanoke. The road improvements will take place on Route 419 and is intended to make a handful of changes to decrease congestion and to provide safer conditions for pedestrians and bikers.
A new article, published online by the Work Research Group at Vanderbilt, takes a hard look at transportation modes during and after the COVID-19 pandemic using mathematical analysis and basic laws of traffic to explore scenarios of increased car commuting. Through their work, the researchers predict a sweeping switch to single-occupancy vehicle commuting and resulting risk for extreme traffic in large metro areas.
States are starting to open again after shelter-in-place orders to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and in response, government fleet managers are changing the way they do business. For some, that means more employees are back at work and for others, it’s the opposite.
Reducing traffic deaths caused by driver error has been the main promise of self-driving car technology, a promise industry has used to justify billions of dollars of investment and the rush to get automated technologies on the road.
Motor vehicle-related traffic fatalities were down 1.2% in 2019 despite a 0.9% rise in vehicle miles traveled, according to preliminary data released in May by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
SADD and The National Road Safety Foundation, a non-profit group, are mounting a massive social media campaign to call attention to a host of safe driving issues from distracted and drowsy driving to impaired and aggressive driving.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is still seeking public comment on a plan that seeks to alleviate traffic congestion along the heavily traveled Route 460/College Avenue corridor in Bluefield, Va.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will unveil a new ad campaign, reminding drivers to slow down and practice safer driving habits as coronavirus restrictions are lifted and they return to the road.
The relative safety of American motor vehicle activity as a measure of fatalities per 100 million miles driven isn't quite its all-time best, but it's not far off. Driving is significantly safer than it was even 25 years ago.
It only takes a second, but it can have life-long repercussions. Texting and driving may seem innocent enough (and it's certainly tempting to do), but every year thousands of faultless drivers and passengers are killed due to the negligence of other drivers.
Despite less traffic on the roads due to the coronavirus pandemic, eight people died on state highways over the four-day Memorial Day weekend, and reckless driving citations and DUIs were only slightly down.