In frontal crashes, women were three times as likely as men to experience a moderate injury such as a broken bone or concussion and twice as likely to suffer a serious injury like a collapsed lung or traumatic brain injury, according to research conducted approximately one year ago by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
A third of drivers who drink alcohol and use marijuana at the same time report getting behind the wheel within two hours of consumption, a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows.
Every time you step on your car’s brake pedal, the brake lights will illuminate to alert following drivers you’re slowing or stopping. Brake lights are an essential car safety feature, without which our roadways would be risky and chaotic.
“Last year, we saw nearly 5,000 crashes and 100 fatalities involving commercial motor vehicles on Virginia’s roads. We are pleased to know that these federal dollars will go towards promoting greater safety on roadways and helping prevent future tragedies,” said the Senators.
A statewide teen safe driving campaign kicked off this week in Virginia. Liberty High School is one of Virginia’s schools that is participating in the ‘Drive for Change: Buckle Up and Slow Down’ campaign.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 938 cyclists were killed on the roads in 2020, the latest available data. That’s up by 9 percent from 2019 and the highest number since 1987.
Nearly 300 people in Virginia died in vehicle-related traffic crashes in the first quarter of 2022, a roughly 72% increase from the same period in 2021, according to preliminary estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
While the number is a reduction from Labor Day 2021, which had 10 crash-related deaths, state police said that “there was still an alarming number of deaths among young people and pedestrians.” Of the six people killed, four were juveniles and two were pedestrians.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis and Reporting System, roughly one-fifth of people who walk and roll are killed by a vehicle operator who did not remain on the scene after impact, compared to less than 2 percent of car occupants who die in U.S. crashes.
On Thursday, September 1, Governor Glenn Youngkin, law enforcement officials and trauma care professionals will show their support for Virginia’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign focused on preventing alcohol-related traffic fatalities on Virginia roads.
Inside the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond on Thursday, Governor Glenn Youngkin joined other leaders across the state to remind Virginians about the dangers of impaired driving as part of a statewide traffic safety awareness campaign called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
The number of people who died in motor vehicle crashes in the United States decreased 1% in the first half of the year compared with the same period in 2021, according to preliminary estimates released by the National Safety Council.
Emotions of shock and heartbreak continue to fill the hearts of many after Henrico Police said a teen driver hit and killed Jonah Holland and seriously injured Natalie Rainer while they were riding their bikes in the area of Osborne Turnpike and Village Field Lane on Saturday morning.
For businesses that own and operate fleets—like utility companies, home service providers or construction companies—creating a culture of safety is critical to ensure the well-being of their employees.
When you’re driving, paying attention to the road in front of you is the most important thing you can do. That said, in reality, people use their driving time to unwind and listen to the radio, to podcasts, audiobooks and even make phone calls.
Teen drivers will have the opportunity to learn more about safe driving in a seminar by the Goochland County Sheriff’s Office next month, whether they are first starting out or looking to brush up on their skills
Some students in school districts across our hometowns are headed back to the classroom on Monday. “Kids are crossing the road either to go home or get on the bus. If people aren’t paying attention, they’re putting lives in jeopardy,” said Sgt. Richard Garletts, with Virginia State Police.
As a new school year draws near, lawmakers are pleading with drivers to slow down, and some jurisdictions are going as far as putting up new signage and enforcement to make sure the roads are more safe.
The flashing school zone signs and full school buses have been absent for several months due to summer vacation. Now that students are returning to the classroom, though, authorities and school officials across the Commonwealth are urging drivers to slow down and pay attention.
Within the context of construction fleets, crashes happen for many reasons. The most frequent cause of construction-related accidents is distracted driving, a bad habit the National Coalition for Safer Roads' Stop on Red Week aims to mitigate.
As summer winds down, students across the country are getting ready to go back to school. But whether your child gets to school via the bus, biking, walking or carpooling, it’s important to be aware of traffic risks.
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has launched a new series of ads using humor to promote safe driving. According to a release, there are four public safety announcements highlighting outrageous behaviors that people would never combine. These include jumping out of an airplane without buckling a parachute or texting while in the middle of an MMA fight.
While driving on I-35 with her cruise control set to 80, Blain struck and killed two people who had stopped on the side of the highway to change a tire. At the time, Blain was engaged in a 20-minute hands-free cellphone conversation with Richter. Plaintiffs claimed Richter was negligent because he distracted Blain while he knew she was driving. But the appeals court agreed with Richter that he “had no duty to exercise reasonable care to avoid distracting Blain once he realized she was driving.”
Approximately 50% of drivers said they used one or more potentially impairing medications in the past 30 days, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Moreover, the proportion of those choosing to drive is higher among those taking multiple medications — a worrisome fact.
Dangerous driving is at an all-time high since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with upward trends in speeding, dangerous driving at night and a large increase in distracted driving. Potential solutions are on the way, however, with legislation supporting hands-free technology and insurers adopting telematics programs to continuously monitor drivers.
There can be a bit of tension between fleets and drivers when it comes to tracking driver behavior. Drivers not only want their privacy, but their managers’ trust, and fleet managers need to ensure that they are protected. Drivers, of course, have valid concerns, but there are many benefits to tracking driver behavior that everyone should appreciate.
The supply chain is a complex web of transportation, production, and distribution that links factories with consumers. As the global economy becomes more reliant on just-in-time delivery, the supply chain faces increased pressure to move goods quickly and effectively.
A new report by Pew Research Center Wednesday finds that women are far more skeptical than men that self-driving cars will make our roads and highways safer. The findings suggest a public relations problem that could further slow the emergence of automated vehicles, despite the fact that studies have shown that such vehicles would improve safety.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials hosted a knowledge session at its 2022 Spring Meeting regarding the best way to implement equity policies in the transportation industry. Mendes said during that session that equity is a job for “everyone” to work on. “Everyone has a role to play. It is not ‘stove-piped’ in some department that takes care of equity considerations. It is an organizational wide cultural commitment. And that sometimes might require organizational changes and rethinking the actual structure of one’s institution.”
Across the country, state departments of transportation regularly support to a wide variety of efforts aimed at protecting numerous wildlife species and their habitats. For example, in July and August every year, the North Carolina Department of Transportation temporarily lowers speed limits from 55 mph to 20 mph on the William B. Umstead Bridge – locally known as the old Manns Harbor Bridge – at dusk and dawn during the roosting period of purple martin bird flocks.
Driving can be risky for drivers and passengers, but it can also be dangerous to others, especially pedestrians. And when it comes to kids, one of the biggest threats they face when taking the school bus is usually not from the bus but other cars.
Regulations issued by FMCSA are published in the Federal Register and compiled in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). What regulation covers emergency equipment that must be carrier in your truck?
As more states prepare to approve or consider legalizing recreational marijuana, the Governors Highway Safety Association last week teamed with Responsibility.org and the National Alliance to Stop Impaired Driving to release a 15-page report outlining steps states should take to inform drivers of the potential danger of smoking and driving.
The Liberty and Jefferson Forest high school YOVASO clubs were among the 15 award winners recognized during the annual Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO) Awards Banquet held Saturday night, July 16, at James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, Va.
In 2021, catalytic converter theft claims in the U.S. increased a staggering 1,215% compared to 2019, and car thefts rose 17% in 2021 compared to 2019, reports The NICB Informer, published by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).
State transportation officials are gearing up to use an artificial intelligence system that will monitor emerging conditions to predict the impacts of traffic disruptions in Northern Virginia and the Fredericksburg metropolitan area.
According to a new study compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, speeding by motorists increased during the morning and afternoon commuting hours in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic and never slowed down.
Whether a driver or passenger, chances are you will witness road rage or be involved in an aggressive driving event yourself at some point. Unfortunately, road rage continues to impact America’s roadways
The head of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Wednesday the agency plans a new push to convince Americans to stop speeding, hoping to reduce traffic deaths which have risen sharply in recent years.
This year’s Operation Safe Driver Week is scheduled for Saturday, July 10, to Saturday, July 16, and will see law enforcement personnel in Canada, Mexico and the United States fanning out in force on thousands of miles of roadways.
Over just a single decade, fatal crashes linked to aggressive driving rose nearly 500%, jumping from 80 in 2006 to 467 in 2015, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
In 2019, the United States had the highest population-based traffic fatality rate — 11.1 per 100,000 population — as compared with 28 other high-income countries, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
When Montgomery County, Maryland Assistant Police Chief Thomas Didone, now retired, narrated a “MythBusters” style video on seat belts a few years ago, he says that a lot of the myths that were debunked several decades earlier had since resurfaced.
Laws and grim warnings have done little to deter distracted driving. Commuters routinely use their time behind the wheel to catch up on emails, says research by Raffaella Sadun, Thomaz Teodorovicz, and colleagues.
Driver safety is one of those topics that gets talked about a lot — but discussing it is a lot different than practicing it. There are too many aspects to count, from weather to other drivers to distracting technology and more.
“Addressing America’s Traffic Safety Crisis: Examining the Causes of Increasing U.S. Traffic Fatalities and Identifying Solutions to Improve Road User Safety” – said that spike in traffic fatalities is largely related to higher rates of “risky driving” behaviors, such as speeding and impairment due to alcohol and/or drug use.
The head of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Wednesday the agency plans a new push to convince Americans to stop speeding, hoping to reduce traffic deaths which have risen sharply in recent years.
"We are instrumenting the car in a way that is overloading the driver just like we were overloading the helicopter pilots," said Strayer, director of the university's Center for the Prevention of Distracted Driving.
Drive Safe Hampton Roads (DSHR) and Lyft are teaming up to offer free or reduced-fare rides to alcohol-impaired drivers throughout Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg this Independence Holiday Weekend.
Today the Ad Council and Project Yellow Light announced the winners of the eleventh annual Project Yellow Light scholarship competition, a unique opportunity in which students create TV, radio and billboard PSAs to educate their peers about the dangers of distracted driving, specifically the dangers of using your mobile device while driving.
The odds that a Virginia driver was going at least 10 mph over the speed limit increased a little more than 50% during March through June 2020, compared with the same period in 2019, according to a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Some 65% of Americans said they feel more anxious traveling in vehicles now compared to before the pandemic, and over half of drivers "always" or "often" feel anxious about other drivers' behavior, according to a newly released survey from Cobra Electronics.
The barbecues, festivals, family gatherings, and fireworks are all the ingredients for a fun July 4 celebration. However, the Virginia State Police (VSP) want to make sure Virginians plan ahead so they make sure everyone is safe and sober on the roads.
Cities should prepare for new kinds of vehicles that could use their streets and sidewalks, including delivery robots and electric vehicles that blur the lines between bicycles, cars and motorcycles, according to a prominent road safety group.
Transportation officials, at both the federal and state level, believe equity initiatives in the transportation sector are a way to not only improve access and opportunity for all communities but also address wrongs created by infrastructure projects in the past.
A survey of 2,000 adults looked at how people are being more careful on the road and reveals that over half of drivers “always” or “often” feel anxious about other drivers’ behavior (53%). Three in five agree that the pandemic has made people drive more unsafely (61%) which may be why a similar percentage say it’s more important to drive safely now than ever before (62%).
In 2021, almost 43,000 people died in traffic crashes in the United States—the most since 2005. This increase is partially attributable to Americans driving more miles than they did in 2020, when many stayed home because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The next “Henry Ford” moment is here. While autonomous mobility is one of the first steps of the last mile, autonomous-mobility players and smart cities that harness advancements in technology across AI, machine learning, and data intelligence are better equipped to unlock the future of mobility.
“Side-impact collisions cause serious injuries and deaths in young children each year,” said Dr. Steven Cliff, NHTSA Administrator. “By establishing more comprehensive testing requirements, we are advancing child passenger safety and assuring parents that the safety seat they choose for their child must meet the highest safety standards.”
If you’ve noticed an increase in erratic driving behavior over the last couple of years and wondered if it’s just you — it’s not. Stay-at-home orders at the start of the pandemic led to increased speeding and other risky behaviors that continued even after lockdowns were lifted, according to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Drivers want automation on their cars, and they want their cars to help them use that automation safely, a new survey from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests. When the road safety advocacy group asked drivers about advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) such as lane centering assist (LCA), automatic lane changing, and driver monitoring, respondents said they wanted the features—but they also indicated that they wanted to remain engaged behind the wheel.
Whether your company has been under the same management or leadership for 40 years or was recently acquired, knowing your worth and being to “sell yourself” to upper management is not a natural effort for many of us. Some still expect their work to speak for itself. Unfortunately, with the growth of remote work and the simple fact that much of the time spent driving or managing a fleet is time spent alone, it can be hard to ensure that happens. You must act.
Car safety has long been attributed to aspects like safe driving habits, seatbelts, and airbags. However, we also can’t discount the number of advanced safety features that have debuted in recent years.
High visibility enforcement (HVE) of traffic safety laws has a measurable impact on roadway safety by reducing dangerous driving behaviors, according to a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study.
Chesterfield Police have increased patrols and focus on Hull Street Road this week. Officers said they were writing tickets not to generate revenue, but to get drivers to slow down and be respectful on the road.
Automakers reported nearly 400 crashes over a 10-month period involving vehicles with partially automated driver-assist systems, including 273 with Teslas, according to statistics released Wednesday by U.S. safety regulators.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its yearly report on traffic deaths, and the numbers are startling. The NHSTA’s early findings indicate more than a 10% increase in traffic-related deaths from 2020 to 2021.
New LED signs with the capability to display variable speed limits will be illuminated starting Thursday, June 16 on Interstate 95 northbound in Caroline and Spotsylvania Counties and in the City of Fredericksburg.
Commercial motor vehicle inspectors throughout North America will conduct announced and unannounced brake system inspections Aug. 21-27 during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual Brake Safety Week.
With teen driver-related fatalities on the rise in Virginia, several schools are being recognized for their efforts to educate students about driver and passenger safety as part of the statewide Arrive Alive: Buckle Up and Slow Down campaign.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it would award over $463 million in grants to states to reduce commercial-motor-vehicle-involved crashes, fatalities, and injuries through safety programs.
With billions of dollars in new congressional funding available for transportation regulatory agencies to spend on safety initiatives, several high-level federal officials said leaders must take a hard look at how that money is being spent, and whether there are opportunities to take new approaches to improve highway safety.
The Governor’s Highway Traffic Safety Administration (GHSA) and General Motors (GM) have joined forces to support State Highway Safety Offices (SHSO) and their partners in their efforts to combat distracted driving with result-oriented strategies.
While there has been a large amount of published
research showing that enforcement reduces unsafe driving behavior and crashes, there has been little research
on the relationship between the intensity or amount
of enforcement and the magnitude of observed safety impacts.
The Virginia State Police has one message for Memorial Day drivers: "slow down." Monday morning, state troopers tweeted a photo of a ticket from Rockbridge, Virginia, where a driver is accused of going 126 mph in a 70-mph zone.
The best way to lower your chances of getting into a [crash] is to follow safe driving practices. Whether you're a new driver or have been driving for years, it's a good idea to go over some basic rules of safe driving.
The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is often referred to by traffic safety experts as "the 100 deadliest days," since the summer months usually bring a dangerous spike in teen traffic fatalities.
When shutdowns from the COVID-19 pandemic started in March 2020, fewer vehicles traveled the roads. However, the data suggests that aggressive driving and recklessness increased dramatically among the passenger vehicles that remained.
Virginia State Police saw a sharp decrease in traffic crash fatalities this year compared to 2021. VSP said reports indicate eight people lost their lives in six-vehicle crashes during the Memorial Day weekend.
Teen driver safety is a topic that affects all drivers on the road. With 7.8% of all fatal crashes occurring among drivers ages 15 to 20, motor vehicle deaths are the second-leading cause of death for this age group.
Ahead of the start to the summer travel season and one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, law enforcement agencies are again partnering with the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind motorists to buckle up.
Excessive speed appears to have been a factor in this crash, according to Harrisonburg police. The 16-year-old driver and two juvenile passengers were on their way to school, and each was transported to Sentara RMH.
On May 5th, the Policy Board for the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RRTPO) adopted BikePedRVA 2045, a visionary framework tied to immediate recommendations for activating bicycling and pedestrian transportation throughout the region.
With Memorial Day weekend being one of the busiest — and most dangerous — travel weekends of the year, Virginia’s transportation officials and law enforcement officers are working together to make sure motorists reach their holiday destinations safely.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released its early estimate of traffic fatalities for 2021. NHTSA projects that an estimated 42,915 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes last year, a 10.5% increase from the 38,824 fatalities in 2020.
GHSA's annual spotlight report, Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State: 2021 Preliminary Data, offers the a comprehensive look at state and national trends in pedestrian deaths for 2021. The report projects that drivers struck and killed 7,485 people walking in 2021 – the most in a single year in four decades.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that the application process is now open for communities to apply for $1 billion in Fiscal Year 2022 funding to help them ensure safe streets and roads for all.
In 2021, fatalities in crashes involving at least one large truck were up 13% compared to 2020, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s latest traffic fatalities estimates report.
Driving fatalities in the United States are at the highest point since 2008, yet new research reveals that many are unaware of the enhanced risk and are actively making choices that increase the danger on our roads.
Law enforcement agencies across the country are participating in the Click It or Ticket campaign. “It’s a simple thing you can do to protect yourself and others if you’re involved in a crash,” said Sgt. Rick Garletts with Virginia State Police.
In AAA’s latest survey of attitudes about automated vehicles, drivers overwhelmingly want automakers to improve the performance of existing driver support features rather than develop self-driving cars.
Even though April — also known as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month — comes to an end this weekend, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reminds motorists that you should stay focused on your driving every time you get behind the wheel, no matter the time of year.
Concerned by what it calls “an often-overlooked inequity in the area of vehicle safety,” a coalition of House members is asking the Department of Transportation to require the use of “accurate, up-to-date” female crash test dummies in vehicle safety testing.
We’ll call a human a truck driver after he or she completes a two-week training program, yet it takes tens of millions of miles and billions of dollars before we turn a computer loose at the controls of that same vehicle.
May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and Virginia State Police is once again offering its “Ride 2 Save Lives” motorcycle self-assessment courses across the Commonwealth, now through October.
Whether you just got your driver’s license last week or 30 years ago, chances are that you have already forgotten about road etiquette. We can’t blame you considering there’s so much that can happen in an instant when you’re out driving.
Traffic engineers in southern California are trying to figure out whether orange striping in work zones can help improve safety, an idea that their counterparts around the country have tried to perfect for more than a decade.
Some 57% of Americans say they have witnessed angry driving during the pandemic. Even worse, three in 10 people claim they've been the victim of angry or aggressive driving during the past two years, according to a recent survey from Policygenius.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging all parents and caregivers to make sure they remember “Where’s Baby? Look Before You Lock” when driving with young passengers.
If you’ve driven by Tanglewood Mall lately on Route 419, you may have noticed a bigger police presence — but not in the usual patrol cars. The Roanoke County Police Department is mixing things up by boosting their patrols with their bicycle unit.
Streetscape art — think colorful crosswalks and painted intersections — can do a lot to liven up communities and make streets more welcoming. Yet it might seem like a potential distraction for drivers.
The rate of pedestrian deaths jumped more than 20% in the first half of 2020. That’s a big increase. What led to it? According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, speeding, distracted driving and impaired driving during the COVID-19 pandemic all played a role.
Some 3,441 pedestrians died in traffic collisions in the first six months of 2021 — that’s a 17% increase over the same period in 2020 and an additional 507 lost lives, according to the latest projections from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA).
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, an annual effort sponsored by the United States National Safety Council (NSC) to shine a light on the consequences of distracted driving and help make roadways safer.
Are you just about to get your driver’s license or are enrolled in a driver’s training course? If so, then you’re probably overwhelmed with learning all of the rules of the road and how to drive a car.
Up to half of older adults may have sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing and sleep are briefly interrupted many times a night. A new study shows that this chronic tiredness can have serious implications for road safety.
Virginia State Police are calling for motorcyclists to learn more about driving safety. VSP is hosting a number of self-assessment driving courses through October as part of what they call “Ride 2 Save Lives.”
The decade-long pedestrian death crisis has worsened, with a double-digit percentage increase in deaths caused by U.S. drivers — and experts are blaming it on speeding, distracted driving, larger vehicles and roads that prioritize car drivers over everyone else.
April is distracted driving awareness month. Data shows that deaths and injuries from traffic crashes have increased over the last year. According to the CDC, car crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages five to 19.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will observe National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) starting today, Monday, April 11, through Friday, April 15, to recognize state employees and contractors who risk their lives each day to keep Virginia moving.
Some 42% of people say they take work-related calls, texts, or emails while behind the wheel, according to the 2022 Travelers Risk Index. The results of the annual national online survey suggest that employers and work-related pressure might lead to distracted driving.
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month, and a troubling trend of increased driver distraction is causing chaos on our roads. The number of people killed on U.S. roads and highways last year is the highest it's been in 14 years – more than 40,000, according to new estimates from the National Safety Council.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, an observance the National Safety Council brings to national attention by sharing safe driving resources and personal safety stories. NSC urges all people to be attentive behind the wheel and just drive during April and all months.
Last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shared what was termed as “a crisis” and “sobering” data on the estimated motor vehicle crashes in the first half of 2021.
Owners of new vehicles equipped with driving assistance technology may understand it better after six months of use, but the depth of their knowledge is limited. New AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research shows that a “learn as you go” approach still leaves gaps in understanding when compared to another group of drivers who had a very strong grasp of the technology, partially due to a brief intensive hands-on training session.
GHSA's annual spotlight report, Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State: 2021 Preliminary Data, offers the first comprehensive look at state and national trends in pedestrian deaths for the first six months (January-June) of 2021.
Each year, 3,000 people lose their lives due to distracted driving, which is an average of eight people per day. Distracted Driving Awareness month was created to change that by drawing attention to this important topic.
Warren County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the national U Drive. U Text. U Pay. high-visibility enforcement effort.
Some people tune out when they’re on the road. Highway hypnosis is real and dangerous! Stay alert behind the wheel and practice defensive driving to keep yourself safe. Remember these safe driving habits that new drivers should adopt the next time you get in your car.
With Distracted Driving Awareness Month kicking off on April 1, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and General Motors (GM) are proud to announce the development of an action-oriented, recommendation-rich report that will take a new look at distracted driving, with expected publication this summer.
Motorcyclists continue to be overrepresented in fatal traffic collisions — with 5,014 motorcyclist deaths in 2019 alone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In fact, per vehicle miles traveled, motorcyclists are about 29 times more likely than people in cars to lose their lives in a traffic crash.
A Chesterfield County police officer climbed onto the side of a flipped car and pulled a driver to safety after a four-vehicle crash on Midlothian Turnpike Monday evening. According to police, the driver fell asleep at the wheel...
The 2022 Operation Safe Driver Week is scheduled for July 10-16, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced on March 29. During the heightened enforcement operation, law enforcement will be issuing warnings and citations to commercial motor vehicle and passenger vehicle drivers engaging in unsafe driving behaviors, such as speeding, distracted driving, following too closely, improper lane change, and drunk or drugged driving, CVSA said.
The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) and The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) are looking for school resource officers (SROs) using innovative methods to teach students about safe driving.
Despite the common knowledge that seat belts save lives, the number of unbelted fatalities is growing. Almost half of the people sitting in either the driver or front passenger seats who were killed in crashes in 2019 were not wearing seat belts, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
A whopping 70 percent of drivers used their cellphones while driving in the last three months, according to a new survey — a startling statistic amid a nationwide spike in traffic crashes and fatalities.
Daylight Savings Time just rolled around and many drivers are likely still getting used to the one-hour time change. In fact, some experts compare the first few days to two weeks after Daylight Savings Time a “mini jet-lag” period as many drivers feel tend to feel lazier, slower, and hungrier due to the time adjustment.
In a country where technology is advancing at a rapid pace, it seems like roadway fatalities should be a thing of the past. However, the reality is that tens of thousands of drivers die on American roads every year.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is providing a new tool to vehicle owners to help them quickly identify if their vehicle has an urgent safety recall where the vehicle should not be driven or parked inside until fixed.
National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 11-15. This year’s theme is “Work zones are a sign to slow down.” In 2019, 762 fatal crashes occurred in work zones, resulting in 842 deaths – 135 of which were workers, according to data provided by WorkZoneSafety.org.
The safety of truckers, other drivers, and pedestrians is a major focus for trucking companies for obvious reasons. Fortunately, the trucking industry is continually working to make its vehicles safer by producing a range of options in which fleets can invest.
SUVs, pickups, vans and minivans are substantially more likely than cars to hit pedestrians when making turns, suggesting that these larger vehicles may not afford drivers as clear a view of people crossing the road, a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows.
With so many young people — many of whom are just beginning to drive — looking to these online personalities for inspiration, people who engage in this risky form of content creation may be setting a dangerous example for their impressionable fans.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is launching a new yearlong $1.25 million digital paid media campaign to help drivers learn about the safety benefits of advanced driver-assistance technologies in newer vehicles. The agency’s research shows that many drivers are unaware of the benefits of the technologies and even how they work.
The National Alliance to Stop Impaired Driving unveiled today its State Laws Map, an interactive, online database updated in real-time and designed to empower users to navigate the cannabis- and DUI-law labyrinth across the U.S. at no cost.
Springing forward can mean falling back into a bad driving habit – drowsy driving. The arrival of Daylight Saving Time this weekend means one less hour of sleep, a darker morning commute, and the potential for more sleepy drivers on the road.
Despite having the right to use most public roadways, pedestrians and cyclists are in a disproportionate amount of danger while on them. According to the most recent dataset from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedestrian and cyclist fatalities in traffic crashes are at their highest levels since the 1980s.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued final rules that eliminate the need for automated vehicle manufacturers to equip fully autonomous vehicles with manual driving controls to meet crash standards, Reuters reports.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has released a report to Congress detailing the agency’s plan to make America’s roadways safer and more accessible for all vehicles — from the tiniest Fiat to the largest big rigs.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today announced the 2022 NHTSA Public Service Awards at the annual Lifesavers Conference on Highway Safety Priorities in Chicago.
A few lines in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that Congress passed last year required the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to publicize its plan for updating the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).
National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy challenged local advocates and safety leaders Tuesday to "fight like hell" and use the “Safe System Approach" to reduce rising deaths and injuries on our nation's roads.
St. Patrick’s Day is often looked at as the unofficial start of spring and a time to celebrate with friends at pubs, parties and festivals. Unfortunately, these celebrations have resulted in St. Patrick’s Day becoming one of the year’s most dangerous times to be on the road.
It's been 25 years since State Farm, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania teamed up to create a crash surveillance data system that zeroed in on studying how best to improve child passenger safety.
Crashes and unsafe driving incidents are ever-present concerns in the trucking industry. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 4,447 fatal crashes and 114,000 injury crashes among large commercial vehicles in 2019.
Turning tragedy into something positive was all Doug Herbert intended back in 2008 after his two teenage boys were killed in a car crash. Sadly, those young men were just two of the 5,000 teenagers who died in car crashes that very same year – motor vehicle [crashes] remain the number one cause of death among teens.
When ADHD inattention, impulsivity, and distractibility get behind the wheel, serious risk of [crashes] and injury skyrocket. Within the first month of driving, teens with ADHD are 62% more likely than their non-ADHD peers to be involved in an automobile crash.
Younger road users and those in urban areas were among the people killed in outsized numbers, according to newly released data for 2020. Safety advocates are calling on state and federal officials to take action.
The nearly 70% of roads on the National Highway System that are not access-controlled freeways yet serve a wide variety of road users and purposes, are the focus of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Complete Streets initiative.
Autonomous vehicles and vehicles with automated driving functions now have their own set of motor vehicle safety standards, a U.S. federal agency ruled on Thursday. The ruling begins to provide clarity on how passenger safety should be defined in vehicles that are designed without things like driver’s seats and steering wheels.
Daylight saving time starting serves as a reminder that spring is upon us and after checking another year of winter driving from your list, hitting the road this spring should be a breeze, right? Not exactly.
Virginia schools have a chance to receive some grant money to throw an after-prom party to help keep students safe. For the first time, Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety is giving out seven $1,000 grants to schools.
Have you heard about all the new cars with driver monitoring systems? It’s quickly become one of the most popular safety features in the automotive industry. Like other driver assistance systems, they’re put in place to help the driver keep themselves and passengers safe.
As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the country, it led to fewer drivers on the roads and a significant reduction in the number of miles driven. And yet, U.S. government data shows traffic fatalities have surged, along with an increase in crashes involving impairment, speeding, red-light running, aggressiveness, and non-seatbelt use, to its highest level in over a decade.
Distracted driving is a significant safety issue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates about eight people in the United States are killed in crashes that are attributed to distracted driving every day.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has bestowed its highest safety recognition — the Top Safety Pick+ award — on 65 models from a wide cross-section of automakers. Another 36 models garnered the second-tier Top Safety Pick award.
Approximately 46,000 people died on U.S. roads last year, according to preliminary data from the National Safety Council. That number is up 9% from 42,339 deaths recorded in 2020, and up 18% from 39,107 deaths in 2019, according to the nonprofit health and safety organization.
Each year, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated across the Country with parades, leprechaun hats, and plenty of green beer. Unfortunately, it often ends with risky drunk drivers taking to the streets when the parties end. This St. Patrick’s Day, the Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) is reminding you that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for teens. Teen drivers have a disproportionately high rate of fatal crashes, mainly because of their lack of skills and experience. In 2019, approximately 2,400 teens in the United States aged 13–19 were killed in motor vehicle crashes. This means that approximately 7 teens died every day due to motor vehicle crashes.
Most people buckle up in the front seat, which is the law, and according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, adults have gotten the message that it’s safer for kids to ride in the back seat properly restrained, but when it comes to their own safety, there is a common misperception that buckling up is optional.
Maybe 2022 will be better. Last year was a bad one for drivers in Virginia. Seemingly riding the COVID-19 wave, crashes, injuries and deaths spiked across the nation. And 2021 outpaced 2020, when deadly crashes were up despite a drop in traffic during the lockdown.
Since 2012, we have heard about changes to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) entry-level driver training (ELDT) requirements. Over that period, studies were conducted, and joint groups representing FMCSA and motor carriers met to develop regulations intended to enhance the safety of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operations on our highways. By establishing uniform requirements for both behind-the-wheel and theory training, the results will be better-qualified CMV drivers.
Amazon is the target of a $100 million lawsuit that argues the online giant put unreasonable demands on a delivery driver that led to negligence and caused a collision in October 2021, leaving a motorcyclist to suffer a leg amputation after the crash, reports Federal News Network.
A new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study released today validated an NTSB safety recommendation that lowering the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit from .08 to .05 will save lives and increase road safety. NTSB issued the safety recommendation in 2013 to all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia to establish a BAC limit of .05.
While smartphones help us communicate with friends and loved ones, they can be a distraction while driving. Distracted driving caused more than 3,000 deaths in 2019 and is correlated with cell phone use while driving.
Put down the phone and pay attention; April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. According to a phone company survey, almost 100% of teens agree that texting and driving is dangerous, but half admitted to doing it anyway. It may take only a matter of seconds to glance at your phone, but, if you are driving at 60 miles an hour, your eyes were blind to the road while you drove the length of a football field. Please don’t text and drive.
The U.S. is reporting its highest increase in traffic deaths since the 1940s. Deaths from vehicle crashes had been declining since the late 1960s, The New York Times reported, due to vehicle improvements, lower speed limits, and less drunk driving. The annual death rate from crashes was near its lowest level in 2019. But crashes and deaths began surging in the summer of 2020. Despite a decline in driving at the time, there was an increase in aggressive driving. Crashes continued to grow as people returned to the roads later in the pandemic.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is finally poised to legalize adaptive beam headlights in the US. On Tuesday, the NHTSA announced that it has issued a final rule that will update the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, which currently only allow for "dumb" high- and low-beam lights.
Shopping for electrified vehicles set another record, and some models were among the most shopped of all luxury and non-luxury vehicles, electrified or not, illustrating electrified vehicles are going mainstream, according to the Q4 2021 Kelley Blue Book Brand Watch report released Feb. 15.
The B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) national teen defensive driving program founded by multi-time Top Fuel drag racing champion Doug Herbert today announced it has surpassed two significant milestones, having now taught more than 50,000 young drivers and over 53,000 parents the critical skills required to make the country's roadways safer and save lives.
A multimillion-dollar transportation plan will bring new bike lanes, better lighting and miles of new sidewalks to Northern Virginia. The $7.2 million plan, which will focus on small-scale, non-highway transportation projects, was approved by the National Capital-Region Transportation Planning Board on Wednesday.
The Federal Highway Administration issued new guidance for its signature highway safety programs on February 2 to help manage what the agency calls a “substantial” influx of new funding from the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA signed into law in November 2021.
The agency said its new guidance seeks to ensure the “strategic use” of IIJA funding to make travel safer, including protections for people outside of vehicles, such as those walking, biking, or using mobility assistive devices – thereby helping reduce the number of lives lost on the nation’s highways, bridges, and roads.
Uber is telling passengers they need to wear their seatbelts, even in the backseat. Forgetting a seatbelt can be a dangerous decision, and even in the back set you can still suffer serious injuries or die. You're also putting your driver at extreme risk. "If you're unbuckled, you can get all kinds of injuries including things like head injuries, or other serious bodily injuries from impacting the front seat or any partitions between the front seat and the backseat," said Jessica Jermakin, vice president of vehicle research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. "And it increases the likelihood of ejection."
When bad weather occurs, it is best to stay in and avoid driving. But sometimes, driving in bad weather is unavoidable. Poor weather conditions, like fog, rain, snow and tornadoes, present a complicated driving experience. These conditions limit your line of sight, can alter your depth perception and cause many more distractions, especially when there are other drivers on the road.
The internet is full of lists, some good and some bad. Those looking for information on the best cars to buy for their teenage drivers have any number of reputable sources that offer solid recommendations. Instead of parroting those well-thought-out lists, we decided to rely on the advice of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an organization that specializes in crash-testing vehicles and reporting the results to American consumers.
Impaired driving is a complex social and public health challenge that requires a data-driven and multi-disciplinary response. Governors are uniquely positioned to facilitate the kinds of collaboration necessary for effective interventions through a whole-of-government approach. Since 2018, the National Governors Association (NGA) has worked to promote Governors’ policies to improve roadway safety and reduce impaired driving. Annually, alcohol-impaired driving kills over 10,000 people a year, a trend that has persisted for a decade.
What’s the most dangerous part of your employees’ job? Even if you have utility workers climbing poles to fix down wires, the most dangerous thing your employees do is drive. In fact, driving is the leading cause of death for workers in the U.S. regardless of industry. Your drivers' [crashes] are costing you lost time, higher insurance premiums, and a high cost of loss. Worse yet, they’re hurting people. You can take action to prevent [crashes].
Among U.S. drivers who use both alcohol and pot, over 40% say they've driven under the influence, a new study finds. "Alcohol and cannabis are two of the most common substances involved in impaired driving and motor vehicle crashes in the U.S.," said study author Priscila Dib Gonçalves. She is a postdoctoral fellow at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City.
Parents of teenagers who are starting to drive can turn to a new resource for expert advice on safely navigating this milestone. The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) are launching Navigate to Safety: Roadmaps for Parents of Teen Drivers, a series of downloadable guides on everything from choosing the right vehicle for your teen to understanding state laws and setting appropriate rules.
While automakers are making progress in including lifesaving automatic safety devices with their latest vehicles, advances in another kind of technology may be having the opposite effect on auto safety. According to a new report by Progressive, the increasing availability of hands-free Bluetooth phone calls, head-up display systems and in-vehicle “infotainment systems” in new cars and trucks is creating more opportunities for distracted driving.
NEARLY HALF OF ALL U.S. TRAFFIC DEATHS ON GAME DAY INVOLVE DRUNK DRIVERS - While the teams, site and time have been finalized, a local anti-drunk driving organization is urging the public to also develop a game plan to prevent drunk driving during this year’s “Super Bowl Sunday.”
NHTSA projects that an estimated 31,720 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes from January through September 2021, an increase of approximately 12% from the 28,325 fatalities projected for the first nine months of 2020. The projection is the highest number of fatalities during the first nine months of any year since 2006 and the highest percentage increase during the first nine months in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System’s history.
Some 52% of fleet drivers view themselves as safer and 53% say they are more careful behind the wheel following in-cab camera adoption, according to a survey of more than 500 professional drivers conducted by Together for Safer Roads (TSR). Moreover, over a quarter of those surveyed recall having avoided a crash due to in-cab alerts and more than one in five drivers have been exonerated based on in-cab footage.
The hazards of drunken driving are well known, and a new research review shows that adding pot to the mix only makes matters worse. The analysis of 57 past studies found that the combination of alcohol and marijuana compromised people's driving skills to a greater degree than either substance alone. And while alcohol was more impairing, marijuana was not as benign as some believe.
More and more vehicles are starting to feature driving assistance systems that can control some braking, accelerating, and steering functions, which make driving less stressful but increase the risk of driver distraction. Now, new research from AAA shows that adding a driver-facing camera is the best way to make sure that drivers will still pay attention to the road while their cars are doing most of the work.
In an effort to encourage safe driving habits, Chesterfield County Police Department is continuing its “In Memory Of” campaign. The department released a video and is beginning a week-long traffic enforcement effort in memory of Carlos Pereira III. The 25-year-old died in a crash June 26, 2021. The traffic enforcement efforts will focus on distracted driving, seat belt use, speeding and impaired driving, according to police.
Automakers aren’t doing enough to ensure that drivers are ready to take over if their vehicles’ self-driving features make mistakes, an auto-industry group argues, re-igniting a debate about who should be held accountable when the drivers of partially automated cars kill people on U.S. roads.
The Covid-19 pandemic has seen two pernicious trends emerge as to how Americans are getting around their country: public transit is struggling with a reduced number of paying customers, while there has been a sharp increase in car crash deaths. Meanwhile, transport officials have also been alarmed by a surging number of car-related deaths. The first half of 2021 saw more than 20,000 people die in car crashes, according to federal government data, up 18% on the previous year and the highest since 2006. Pete Buttigieg, the US transportation secretary, called the death toll, which is claiming the lives of about 3,000 people a month, “a national crisis” as he unveiled a new road safety strategy last week.
A measure by Del. Kaye Kory (D-Fairfax-Falls Church) to make the failure to wear a seat belt a primary, rather than secondary, infraction under state law died in the House Committee on Transportation. Currently under Virginia law, those in motor vehicles can only be ticketed for a failure to buckle up if they are stopped and cited for some other reason. By making it a primary offense, a law-enforcement officer could stop a vehicle specifically for that infraction. The House Committee on Transportation struck the bill from the docket on a 22-0 vote.
The statistics are frightening. In 2018, more than 2,800 people lost their lives in automobile [crashes] and an estimated 400,000 were injured with at least one reason in common…distracted driving. It didn’t matter if the person behind the wheel was using a cell phone, tuning the radio, or eating some fast food while driving, the result was a terrible accident and another life lost.
Automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection – those heavily advertised systems that stop a car from hitting a pedestrian even if the driver doesn’t hit the brakes fast enough – work well, according to one of America’s leading auto safety groups. They work well, that is, in the daytime.
A battery warning light on the dashboard is the most frequently searched warning light on the Internet by people trying to understand and remedy the problem before taking it to a garage, according to a new report from LeaseElectricCar.co.uk.
Michelin is bringing driving safety tips to classic computer video game The Sims for Teen Driving Awareness Month. The #GoldenGauge program invites teens playing on The Sims Free Play mobile app to play driving safety games for a chance to win prizes such as laptops and gaming consoles.
As a driver, how can you protect yourself and your passengers against threats posed by other drivers? The answer, in part, is to practice mindful driving: avoid your own distractions, stay vigilant, scan the road for surprises, check the body language of other vehicles, try to anticipate how a situation might evolve, and be ready to react.
Numerous studies and investigations have shown that SUVs and other light trucks are far deadlier for those outside the vehicle than sedans. This isn’t a novel finding: Almost 20 years ago, researchers showed that SUVs were more than twice as likely to kill pedestrians as a normal sedan.
For the last 50 years, the U.S. has increasingly fallen behind most other industrialized countries when it comes to traffic fatalities. But the Biden administration’s transportation strategy offers an opportunity to change that trajectory — Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has called the U.S. traffic fatality rate a “crisis” and promises to release a first-ever National Roadway Safety Strategy.
As the nation grapples with rise in traffic fatalities, new strategy outlines steps for the U.S. Department of Transportation and calls on stakeholders from across sectors to take action to address this urgent crisis.
Deaths on roads and interstates are rising at an alarming rate, according to experts. State leaders say drunk, drugged, and distracted driving are contributing factors. Now, for the first time, a week is dedicated to promoting safe driving practices.
To demonstrate the consequences of [a crash] caused by drunken or distracted driving, ambulances, fire trucks, and police cars will be responding to the [Virginia Tech] Drillfield on the evening of Friday, Jan. 28.
In “Benchmarking Bike Networks,” the country’s largest bicycling advocacy organization takes stock of the best infrastructure and policy practices for getting more people pedaling. It spotlights Boston; Chicago; Austin, Texas; Oakland, California; and Missoula, Montana — cities of diverse size and geography where bike commute shares are more than twice the national average and have increased over the last decade.
The federal government is moving forward with a plan to let teenagers drive big rigs from state to state in a test program. Currently, truckers who cross state lines must be at least 21 years old, but an apprenticeship program required by Congress to help ease supply chain backlogs would let 18-to-20-year-old truckers drive outside their home states.
Gone are the days when compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs)—which are a bare minimum, by the way—went a long way to help prevent a carrier from being the target of a significant settlement. Juries hold carriers to a high standard. Carriers have a "duty to act" to correct unsafe or non-compliant conditions before crashes occur. And all adverse information a carrier knew or should have known is discoverable in the event of a crash. Every carrier is accumulating data whether they know it nor not.
Some 56% of Americans said they were unwilling to pay more than an additional $500 USD for a vehicle equipped with advanced safety technologies, according to Deloitte’s 2022 Global Automotive Consumer Study. German and Japanese consumers were even tougher sticklers on paying for safety systems with 70% and 66%, respectively, saying they’d be unwilling to fork over more than the equivalent of $500 USD.
Some 27% of major U.S. urban roads — interstates, freeways, and other arterial routes — are deemed substandard and provide an unacceptably rough ride for motorists, according to pothole.info, an organization committed to helping educate and represent stakeholders of our nation’s transportation corridors.
Potholes are not just a nuisance; they are a real hazard to all road users.
Using innovative in-road sensors, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) removed 13,000 unsafe tires from commercial vehicles traveling on Interstate 81 in just one year. The technology, called Tire Anomaly and Classification System (TACS), enables weigh station technicians to identify commercial vehicles traveling with flat, missing, mismatched or underinflated tires and call the driver into the station to arrange for a repair.
“Human drivers, by our nature, have to eat, sleep and take breaks,” said Sterling Anderson, co-founder of Aurora Innovation Inc., which started testing driverless truck software last month in Texas with Uber Technologies’ logistics arms. “What that leads to is enormous underutilization of these trucks and much slower movement of goods.” The push to get driverless trucks on the nation’s roadways comes as safety concerns and the pace of development has delayed the adoption of fully autonomous passenger vehicles.
A safety report card that grades states on the number of deadly crashes and their traffic laws shows that Virginia is lagging behind other states.
Watchdog group Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety tracked a nearly 20% increase in the number of deadly [crashes] nationwide in the first six months of 2021. It is the largest boost of this type on record, said Cathy Chase, the group’s president.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is developing a new ratings program that evaluates the safeguards that vehicles with partial automation employ to help drivers stay focused on the road. The safeguards will be rated good, acceptable, marginal or poor. To earn a good rating, systems will need to ensure that the driver’s eyes are directed at the road and their hands are either on the wheel or ready to grab it at all times. Escalating alerts and appropriate emergency procedures when the driver does not meet those conditions will also be required.
As car companies offer more features that automate critical driving functions, Consumer Reports has decided to evaluate whether new vehicles also have driver monitoring systems that do a good job of encouraging safe driving. These systems use computers and onboard cameras to determine whether a driver is looking toward the road while the vehicle automates some steering, braking, and acceleration functions. If not, the system will sound an alert, and potentially restrict the use of automation.
Like the professional truck drivers you employ, state highway patrol officers are on the road long hours, day and night, in fair and foul weather. Out there with speeders and distracted drivers. They’re at crash sites, lending assistance. They’re out there when snowstorms and forest fires tell others to stay off the roads, because their being out on the road, no matter the conditions, means others can enjoy a better life.
Some 35% of Americans identified the ice scraper as the most important tool to have in your car during winter, according to a 2021 survey by The Zebra. That was followed by gloves or mittens, which ranked as the second most important item (28%), and sand or kitty litter, which came in third (25%).
The federal regulatory landscape for transportation operations must prioritize safety, economic growth and climate change, the leadership at the U.S. Department of Transportation recently affirmed in a series of guiding principles.
For years, the Lakewood Civic League in Norfolk has tried to get speed humps or speed tables installed on Willow Wood Drive connecting Tidewater Drive to Granby Street. Last week, the city put in the speed humps to get drivers to slow down. Even heavy trucks respect the speed humps as they slow down.
US millennials are slowing their roll when it comes to car travel. A new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice found a wide generational divide in the daily driving habits of adult Americans. Millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) are driving 8% less than Gen X (1965 to 1980), and 9% less than younger baby boomers (1956 and 1964).
On Wednesday, Amtrak unveiled a specially-painted locomotive to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Operation Lifesaver. The P-42 diesel locomotive now features a black-and-yellow design with the message “See Tracks? Think Train!” on both sides. The message is to honor railroad safety education and awareness nationwide.
Since it was created, the fundamental design of the seat belt has remained the same and it has served, along with airbags, as a primary source of in-vehicle protection for drivers. Today, with the automotive industry pushing the world closer to the era of connected, data-centric mobility, a new class of in-vehicle safety measures are also being advanced. Fueled by the hyperconnectivity that technologies such as 5G are unleashing, these innovations are beginning to take a larger role in dictating the development and design of cars.
Some 95% of drivers say they observed road rage or aggressive driving in the past year, but only 64% of drivers admitted to doing it, according to a 2021 survey from The Zebra. Hostile driving appears to be the new norm on our national highways and byways. While 35% of people are driving less today, one in five drivers surveyed say they experience more frustration while driving compared to before the pandemic.
Virginia State Police have responded to at least 867 crashes and 846 disabled vehicles across the state since the start of the new year’s first major snow, sleet and rain event, the agency reported late Monday. Most of the crashes involved only damage to vehicles. There have been few injuries and no reported fatalities.
Drivers along a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in Virginia have been stranded in freezing temperatures for hours after a crash involving multiple vehicles brought the roadway to a standstill and the first mid-Atlantic storm of the year dumped more than a foot of snow on the region.
Car insurance rates rose 12% in 2021 and are projected to increase another 5% in 2022, and risky driving behaviors is one of the reasons why, according to a new report from Insurify. The report sets the stage by exploring recent trends in crash fatalities. While the fatality rate decreased 3% between spring 2020 and 2021, it remained 26% higher in 2021 than it was during the same period in 2019.
Vehicles equipped with automatic emergency braking traveling at 35 MPH collided with a stopped vehicle 33% of the time when they were tested during simulated rainfall. Lane keeping assistance did even worse with test vehicles departing their lane a staggering 69% of the time.
While unquestionably impacted by the resurging COVID-19 pandemic including the Omicron variant, 461 persons in the Washington-metropolitan area still used the free safe ride service, SoberRide®, over the recent winter holidays. A total of 285 persons (included in the aforementioned ridership figure) used the local SoberRide® program during New Year’s, alone.
What is this technology called telematics, and how can it help teen drivers stay safe on the road? Today’s cars record and store all manner of information or data. That data and the method of transmitting or harvesting it is called telematics. You may not know it, but your car is an open book. As does your phone, your car can keep track of where it is, where it’s been, and a timeline of your movements. It can know when you drive, where you drive, and how fast you drive. Your car can recognize when you accelerate aggressively or brake harshly. It can even record seat-belt and smartphone use.
During winter, too many people forget to clear and de-ice their vehicle before heading out on the road. Others never think to inspect their windshield wipers and delay replacing them when necessary. In all cases, visibility and safety can be seriously compromised.
Distracted and inattentive driving are leading causes of vehicle-related [crashes] as the influx of mobile technologies competes for drivers’ attention. There are in-cab solutions that not only help minimize multi-tasking during critical drive time, but also detect drowsy driving, aggressive driving and threats from other vehicles on the road. Solutions exist that can help manage mobile technology use while behind the wheel.
Tesla vehicles will no longer allow video games to be played on the center touch screens after facing scrutiny from U.S. auto safety regulators. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced Wednesday that it had launched a formal investigation into the "Passenger Play" feature over distracted driving concerns, but said Thursday that the electric vehicle manufacturer had agreed to restrict the capability.
According to a study done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 20,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the first half of 2021. That’s up 18.4% compared to 2020. Robert Sinclair from the American Automobile Association joined NewsNation’s “Morning in America” to discuss the findings.
Students who attended Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) affiliated high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools submitted videos of up to one minute, memes, and GIFs of up to ten seconds with one goal in mind: raise awareness of the risks associated with distracted driving. "The End DD contest helps our students educate their peers on the dangers of driving distracted in a fun and impactful way.
Verra Mobility says that the video highlights the need for intersections, safety enforcement and increased driver attention. “We hope the release of this video will alert motorists across the United States about the dangers of red-light running,” an official press release says. “With the holiday season being one of the busiest travel times of the year, this video underscores the dangers distracted driving or poor driving decisions can have on our communities.”
A road rage incident caught on camera is being used by Virginia Department of Transportation officials to highlight the dangers of reckless driving. Video of the incident tweeted by VDOT shows two vehicles driving at highway speeds when the driver of the car appears to break-check the driver of a pickup truck. The driver of the truck then races around the car, drives on the shoulder of the highway and cuts off the other driver forcing them to swerve out of their lane.
With the New Year’s holiday approaching, the Checkpoint Strikeforce is launching a campaign to educate the public about the dangers of drunk driving - especially during the holiday season. Governor Northam spoke about this public education campaign.
A mother’s agony and hurt are still fresh several years later. “It's been almost four and a half years and it's still really hard,” Debbie Leger said as she fought back tears. May 19, 2017 is a day forever tainted for Leger. Senior skip day for her daughter Sabrina Mundorff and her best friend Kaitlyn Duffy took a tragic and devastating turn. A delivery truck driver in Virginia Beach crashed head-on into their SUV, killing Kaitlyn instantly. Leger’s daughter, who was the passenger in the car, survived.
As New Year’s Eve approaches, the Virginia State Police (VSP) wishes to remind motorists to drive responsibly during the holiday season and throughout the year. “Virginia is on pace to have more fatal crashes in 2021 than in 2020, which was, unfortunately, a record breaking year. But, I have faith that Virginians will do the right thing this holiday season,” said Col. Gary T. Settle, the superintendent for VSP. “During Thanksgiving, Virginia saw a record low number of fatal crashes – the lowest in more than a decade. Virginians proved that they know what to do and how to be responsible on the roadways. Let’s keep the momentum going through the New Year and start 2022 off on the right foot.”
Up to half of individuals whose breath alcohol concentration is over the legal limit to operate a vehicle may overestimate their ability to drive, which could trigger “devastating consequences,” according to a recent study out of England and Germany.
The holiday travel season remains in full swing as some travelers make their way back home after weekend celebrations. AAA projected 2.9 million Virginians will travel during the holiday period this year, from December 23rd to January 2nd. That’s a 32% jump compared to 2020, but still down 10% from 2019, before the pandemic.
If their estimates are correct, 6 million passengers will be crowding the skies, while the bulk of the other 106 million will [road] tripping more than fifty miles to their holiday destinations. About 3 million are expected to be utilizing rail, bus, or cruise lines for their travel. The figures are an estimation of December 23rd to January 2nd.
U.S. motorists drove 7.1% more miles in October over the same month last year as people returned to offices and resumed leisure trips, but the distance was off slightly from pre-pandemic levels and traffic deaths jumped dramatically. The Federal Highway Administration said on Monday that motorists drove 277.5 billion miles in October, up 18.5 billion miles from October 2020, but still down 5.6 billion miles from October 2019.
The Virginia Department of Transportation commemorated the completion of its six-year Interstate 64 widening project, built in three segments, Monday morning on the Peninsula with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.
An estimated 798 people will die in traffic collisions over the upcoming winter holidays — 371 during the Christmas holiday driving period, and another 427 during the New Year’s holiday driving period, reports the National Safety Council (NSC). According to the NSC, the fatality rate could be far worse if seat belts did not exist. With the proper use of seat belts, some 500 people’s lives could be saved this holiday season, notes the organization.
Ford/Lincoln and Honda/Acura installed automatic emergency braking (AEB) on more than 95% of the vehicles they produced between Sept. 1, 2020, and Aug. 31, 2021, bringing the number of automakers to 12 that have fulfilled a voluntary pledge — before the deadline — to equip nearly all the light vehicles they produce for the U.S. market with AEB.
“Keep your family, your community, and yourself safe by not drinking and driving this holiday season,” said Governor Northam. “You can always designate a sober driver, call a taxi, or use public transportation and rideshare services. We owe our thanks to law enforcement professionals for keeping people safe this holiday season. Together, we can reduce impaired driving and save lives.”
If you're taking a lot of road trips this holiday season, maybe you've wished your car could just drive itself to Grandma's house. The auto industry has been working on autonomous driving for years. And companies like Waymo and Cruise are testing fully autonomous driving — in some cities, you can already hop in a driverless taxi.
THE build-up to the festive period is one of excitement certainly, but often also stress. For business drivers, this is a familiar time of rushing to and fro, dealing with higher workloads, and often feeling increasingly exhausted. Research by RED Driver Training shows that thousands of business drivers suffer from what the company has termed Seasonally Affective Driver Disorder (SADD). SADD is a phenomenon that affects all types of business drivers, whether they are in a company car, delivery van or HGV, and results in the potential for higher risk and lower productivity.
One Tuesday morning this fall, I strapped on a Kevlar vest and slid into the passenger seat of a gray Ford Interceptor sedan, the souped-up Taurus that replaced the Crown Vic as America’s default police car a decade ago.* (And has since been replaced itself: Ford no longer produces police cars, only SUVs and pickups.) This model has several features that are not available for civilian use, including a siren on the roof and a V6 Mustang engine under the hood.
What are your chances of being hit with a nuclear verdict? A bad FMCSA audit? Or skyrocketing insurance rates? Pretty high if your fleet forgets to put safety first. According to the FMCSA, large trucks and buses accounted for 155,585 crashes in 2020, 76,705 injuries, and 4,751 fatalities in 2020. Further, crashes can bankrupt a fleet. The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) puts the average cost of a fatal crash at $761,000, with jury awards hitting as high as $1 billion.
A prominent group of state road safety officials urged fellow advocates to focus on changing driver behavior—not just improving infrastructure—to fight a recent surge in traffic deaths. The Governors Highway Safety Association issued a report Wednesday trying to make sure that traditional safety messages don’t get lost as more people get interested in changing roads to make them safer.
American drivers lost on average 36 hours due to congestion this year, according to a new report. The 2021 Global Traffic scorecard, published by INRIX Inc, which provides mobility analytics and connected car services, identified and ranked congestion and mobility trends in more than 1,000 cities, across 50 countries, as economic and social disruption continued due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The driver of an SUV in South Carolina was distracted by her cell phone when she crossed the center line of a South Carolina highway and crashed into a bus carrying people with disabilities and special needs, causing two deaths, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has found.
FedEx on Friday received the first of 500 electric delivery trucks from BrightDrop, the newly formed EV unit of General Motors. It’s a moment both companies call a “tipping point” for EVs for package delivery and logis
A new study by Ou Stella Liang and Christopher Yang of Drexel University asks: How are different sources of distraction associated with at-fault crashes among drivers of different ages and gender groups? The researchers crunched data from the Strategic Highway Research Program Naturalistic Driving Study, which tracked 50 million miles of driving in six states using cars equipped with cameras and radars that could monitor in-cabin activities.
One person is dead after a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 in Richmond at 1:55 a.m. on Sunday. The person was involved in a crash before stepping out of their vehicle and being hit by two other vehicles. According to Virginia State Police, a driver was headed south in a Nissan Sentra on I-95 when they struck a jersey wall on the left side of the road. The Nissan came to a stop in the left lane. The driver tried to exit the crashed vehicle and was hit by a Dodge Journey that was traveling south.
“Check local forecasts and the 511 app for the latest road conditions. That can help tailor what the road conditions are looking like in your area so that you know what you’re facing when you get behind the wheel,” Glover said. As winter approaches, Glover said it’s important to remember to use headlights for your own safety and for the safety of other drivers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is partnering with law enforcement agencies across Virginia for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. The campaign — which runs from Wednesday, Dec. 15 through Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 — aims to reduce drunk driving on roads during the holiday season.
Someone was definitely added to the Roanoke Police Department’s naughty list after getting caught driving 101 mph in a posted 40 mph zone. In addition to reckless speeding, police say the driver also received tickets for driving under the influence and racing.
According to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Christmas traffic is not expected to be as congested as it was during Thanksgiving. VDOT’s Lynchburg District Communications Director Len Stevens says you still never know what the future holds. More drivers mean a higher chance of crashes.
Unlike current safety systems, PreAct Technologies’ solution is focused on imminent collisions. The pre-crash technology uses continuous wave, time-of-flight technology to precisely sense depth, speed and location of objects to predict impending crashes. Because it is so precise and immediate, the system can also predict how severe a crash will be, thereby ascertaining which airbags to deploy and when, according to the company.
A new national survey by SafeAuto finds that 40% of Americans ages 21 to 34 say they are more likely to drive after consuming alcohol over the holidays than at other times of the year, reports KMMO.com. Fleet drivers need to be particularly cautious while behind the wheel for the next month, as the winter holiday season ranks among the most dangerous times of the year on the roadways.
Not long after buying a Tesla Model 3 this summer, Vince Patton saw a YouTube clip highlighting a feature that took him by surprise: three video games that can be played on the large touch screen mounted in front of the dashboard — while driving down the road.
Between 2000 and 2018, the number of drug-related road traffic fatalities increased from 266 in 2000 to a high of 551 in 2018, while the number of fatigue-related road traffic fatalities rose from 138 in 2000 to 159 in 2004 before falling to a low of 81 in 2018.
Older drivers, who are less likely to survive severe crashes than any other age group, also tend to drive outdated vehicles that lack crucial safety features, recent studies from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show.
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 227 vehicles with a feature allowing drivers to watch videos on the touch screen console, even while the car is in motion. The German automaker's recall report was filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), Arlington, Virginia, recently sent a letter to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee urging action to reduce incidents of distracted driving caused by mobile devices. The NWRA says it hopes federal action will ultimately regulate mobile devices to prevent distracted driving.
The Dept. of Motor Vehicles partnered with the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety and Schneider Trucking to conduct the first-ever trial of groundbreaking technology that could save thousands of lives. This new technology will test blood-alcohol content for commercial vehicle drivers, and it will work in two ways: a breath-based system or a touch-based system.
From earlier studies about the main causes of reckless driving the hypothesis crystallized, that ‘running late’ is the root cause for much of UAE motorists’ misbehavior. Hence, this new and vital study looking into all the dimensions of ‘running late’ is of truly critical importance to understand the consequences and the ‘quick-fix’ solution for poor time management or ’running late’.
Emerging technological apps and software have the inherent ability to reduce distracted driving, which ranks as the top cause of vehicle [crashes]. According to statistics, distracted driving played a major role in 8.5% of [crashes] in 2019. In addition, an amazing 42% of high school students admitted to texting or emailing while driving.
In a long list of potential safety strategies, the top three answers for both light-duty and medium-duty fleets were well-maintained vehicles, written safety policies and procedures, and driver training.
“I think that from an educational perspective what down the road we really have to do is change the social norm, so we have to make driving the No. 1 and only thing someone is focused on when they’re behind the wheel,” said DRIVE SMART Virginia Executive Director Janet Brooking.
You may not know the name for it, but if you drive at night, you’ve probably experienced situational night blindness. It can occur “when you are temporarily blinded by a bright light such as an oncoming car’s headlights,” the Texas Department of Insurance says.
Personalized connectivity solutions for EVs, emerging Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything use cases, friction between OEM-held data vs. dealer data, and potential safety issues arising from the 3G sunset: These and other emerging trends will start impacting fleets in the year ahead.
The men and women who drive the biggest trucks on the road want your children to stay safe. This week, truck drivers and trucking companies from across Virginia are meeting with new drivers at L.C. Bird and Thomas Dale high schools in Chesterfield to talk to them about safe driving around big trucks and rigs.
Over the 2021 Thanksgiving statistical counting period, preliminary data shows that there were four fatal traffic crashes in Virginia. This is the lowest number of traffic fatalities during Thanksgiving in more than a decade. “Although even one life lost is a tragedy, this Thanksgiving has given us something to truly be thankful for,” said
Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent.
ezjion Henson has wanted to be a truck driver his whole life. When he turned 18 last year he jumped at the chance and signed on as an apprentice with Total Transportation of Mississippi, LLC in Richland, Mississippi. “Growing up, my dad used to drive trucks and I used to always ride with him,” he said. “I said that’s something I really want to do.”
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As working arrangements continue to shift for many in the U.S., rush hour and traffic congestion is too. Resources from TRB can help those who work on the free flow of vehicles on the nation’s roadways and byways. State departments of transportation (DOTs) are increasingly using data in planning and investment decisions as they manage travel demands and monitor and communicate about real-time traffic, incidents, and highway conditions. An example outside of Boston is included in the TRB National Highway Cooperative Program’s (NCHRP) Use of Vehicle Probe and Cellular GPS Data by State Departments of Transportation. A system of zipper lanes/movable barriers allows for contraflow traffic, providing additional capacity in peak hours. Comparing the raw travel times plus congestion patterns along the corridor showed a decrease in traffic along the route, and led to a suspension of the system for some time in 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. A TRB webinar went over more of the cases outlined in the study. The slides and recording are available.
“With traffic on the roads increasing and many people anxious to get to their destination, I encourage all Virginians to be patient. Buckle up and take your time,” said Settle. “Your family wants you to arrive safely and in a frame of mind to enjoy all the holiday has to offer. Making sure you are driving the posted speed limit, driving for conditions and wearing your seatbelt are the best ways to stay safe on the road, so you can enjoy the holiday.”
Smartphones and tablets aren’t the only devices that seemingly improve on a yearly basis. With each passing moment, new developments in maintenance technologies are empowering vocational fleet managers to take even deeper looks into how they can keep their trucks at peak health. Monitoring tires is a vital part of ensuring a vehicle is working properly and safely.
With the holiday shipping season beginning a crucial stretch this Thanksgiving weekend, freight carriers will share the road with up to 4 million more cars than in 2020. Major U.S. metro areas could see traffic congestion two to four times worse than usual right as LTL and parcel shipments pick up in advance of Black Friday and the Christmas shopping season.
Last month, Enterprise announced a collaboration with Microsoft and its Azure technology platform to bring telematics and analytical data to life within the Enterprise fleet, which includes Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, and Alamo Rent A Car brands. “We’re taking some of the most trusted brands in their respective industries (auto/computing) and we’re working together to bring some of these fields to life,” Sabie says.
For the study, researchers surveyed over 1,000 people who drive in the U.S. They found that 75 percent of employees who drive use their personal vehicle for business purposes, not including getting to and from work. Over half do this at least once a week.
Wilson hopes to help AASHTO and the broader transportation industry do a better job of promoting diversity in its workforce, and in leadership. That effort goes beyond just reaching people of different racial groups, he noted. AASHTO has only had two women as presidents and Wilson wants to do a better job of including LGBTQ people and people of different ethnic backgrounds, as well.
Do your plans to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday involve alcohol? If so, local law enforcement wants to make sure you get to the dinner table.
They said Wednesday marks one of the most dangerous days of the year to drive on Virginia roads.
Earlier in the week, Albemarle County Police stopped 82 drivers and issued 76 citations to drivers in an 8-hour “distracted driving enforcement initiative”. Sgt. Dean Dotts says this Tuesday effort is part of the overall effort to reduce traffic deaths in Albemarle County, which every year comes up with the most per-capita in the state.
Cell phones, as well as other mobile devices, have proven to be major distractions in today’s society, but they can also be a dangerous distraction on the road. In the hands of younger drivers, a recent study finds using a mobile phone increases the chances of also engaging in other potentially life-threatening behaviors while driving.
Some 1 in to 10 drivers — 11% — admit to putting the pedal to the metal and traveling 20 MPH over the speed limit during the early months of COVID-19, according to a recent national survey commissioned by Erie Insurance. Respondents gave a wide range of rationales as to why they drove much faster than normal during the pandemic. The majority — 66% — said since the roads were not so congested during the pandemic they felt it was safe to exceed posted speed limits.
Under Arizona law, using a cell phone while driving, by itself, will not justify punitive damages. “However, under certain circumstances, an individual who is using a cell phone while driving may manifest an ‘evil mind’ for purposes of punitive damages by consciously pursuing a course of conduct knowing that it creates a substantial risk of significant harm to others,” the opinion noted.
The cost of motor vehicle crashes involving company vehicles is pricier for employers than you might think. According to a report by TrafficSafety.org, car crashes cost them over $47 billion, with employers on the hook for [crashes] that happen both on and off the job. But, how can this be prevented? Safety expert Carly Baez, Safety Manager II at Kitchell, shares with us the ways employers can influence better behind-the-wheel safety for drivers of company vehicles by limiting or discouraging distracted driving.
Listen up, America. Adaptive driving beams are finally going to become legal, thanks to a provision in the infrastructure bill. This is great news for nighttime driving safety — your author is particularly excited that this technology will finally be legal in cars sold in the U.S.
A new analysis from LexisNexis Risk Solutions examines the effect of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) on insurance claim severity in a multivariate setting, revealing that by having at least one core ADAS feature in a vehicle there was a reduction in loss cost including a 23% reduction in bodily injury loss cost.
The designation of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) crash has serious implications. If the event appears as preventable, it impacts a motor carrier’s CSA Crash Indicator BASIC score and Accident Factor in the event of a compliance review. Realizing some crashes are beyond a CMV driver’s control, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) created its Crash Preventability Program. In this program, the status of the crash can be challenged by motor carriers, drivers, or other parties by submitting a Request for Data Review (RDR) through the agency’s DataQs portal.
Today in nearby Orlando, Mayor Buddy Dyer wants his city to take a similar forward-looking perspective, to become what he calls "America’s premier future-ready city." In September, the city moved toward that vision in announcing the early steps of a plan to bring flying cars to Orlando skies — a technology that not even Disney could bring to Epcot.
Improving safety of Virginia’s transportation system:
-Virginia will receive approximately $43 million for highway safety traffic programs to improve driver behavior and reduce deaths and injuries from crashes.
-$55.6 million over five years to augment commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety efforts to reduce CMV crashes.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and National Highway Traffic Safety (NHTSA) Administration today marked the beginning of Crash Responder Safety Week by spotlighting the training offered by the FHWA for first responders. Crash Responder Safety Week is a national effort to both protect responders who are at the scene of highway crashes and remind the public of their responsibility to use caution when driving near roadside incidents involving emergency personnel. This year’s theme for November 8-14 is Slow Down, Move Over, Be Safe.
There are new developments being reported in our region to address teen driving safety and reduce risk using data and technology. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is treating teen driving risk as a heath concern – which it is – and incorporating an evaluation program into teen’s wellness exams.
No matter how much a parent wants to give a teenager a sense of freedom, monitoring teen driving, particularly in those first couple of years with a license, makes sense. Very few things in a teen’s life fill parents with both pride and utter terror as watching their newly minted driver pull away from the house for the first time. What could go wrong? Well, everything. However, as a parent, you aren’t as helpless as you may think.
Distracted driving is becoming the new social norm on the roads, with one study finding 9 out of 10 drivers admitted to using their smartphones while driving last year.
"It’s scary, it’s scary. I think people are rushed in their life. There’s a lot going on and they’re trying to multitask," said driver Raj Patel of St. Petersburg.
Federal data shows that over 150,000 automotive crashes occur annually due to icy roads, and over 1,800 people die per year in vehicle crashes due to driving in snowy and icy conditions. Winter is around the corner and now is the time for fleet operators to remind drivers of some scary statistics so they keep safety top of mind during the most frigid months.
Over 100,000 police-reported crashes involving drowsy driving occur every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Moreover, these collisions result in more than 1,550 fatalities and 71,000 injuries, notes the National Safety Council. People across the nation set their clocks back this past weekend, and that means shorter days and more hours for driving in the dark — a particular challenge for commercial fleets. Darker days can affect the body’s natural sleep cycle and increase driver fatigue.
For years, the mantra has been “educate consumers and they will do the right thing.” However, incremental gains only get you so far. As consumers and workers are dying from inherently addictive mobile phones—whether it is walking, scooting, cycling or driving—we need to have a new approach to protecting consumers and those affected by improper consumer use. CPSC can’t hide behind outdated interpretations of what a consumer product is.
The Albemarle County Police Department has a new initiative to try to decrease the number of [crashes] caused by people doing anything but driving while behind the wheel. “People are on their GPS and cell phones texting, making phone calls, anything that’s taking their attention away from the roadways,” Sergeant Dean Dotts with the ACPD Traffic Unit said.
One issue that has shown itself repeatedly in vehicles employing self-driving technology is an apparent literal blind spot in such systems for first responders stopped at the side of the road. Repeated incidents of police cars and fire trucks being struck by cars whose drivers thought were driving themselves show that these “edge” cases of unusual circumstances remain a weakness for the software that studies the information coming into the car from its various imaging systems.
Impaired drivers are also more likely to be exhibiting other high-risk behaviors on the roadways, according to Executive Director of DRIVE SMART Virginia Janet Brooking. More than half of the unrestrained fatalities in 2019 were alcohol-related, according to the data.
What was once a technology seen mostly in movies portraying an idealized look at the future, autonomous vehicles are gaining momentum in all classes, from sedans to big rigs. In the Class 8 market, OEMs have been testing prototypes for five years or more, with Daimler Trucks North America leading the pack with its Inspiration Truck. This Level 3 autonomous truck is just one of a number of ongoing projects designed to further the acceptance of this technology.
Airports and roads may seem jam packed in late November this year as AAA predicts 53.4 million people to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday – an increase of 13 percent compared to 2020. The group projects that 48.3 million of them will travel via the nation’s roadways to and from their holiday destinations.
For the past 18 months, transportation safety officials have watched almost in shock as traffic fatalities surged despite substantially reduced driving during the pandemic. Among the more popular theories was that mostly open roads lead to a sense of adventure to drive as fast as possible. Then came more evidence of risky behavior: surges in drunken driving, reductions in seat belt use, more distracted driving.
WHO is kicking off the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 today in Geneva, with the ambitious target of preventing at least 50% of road traffic deaths and injuries by 2030. WHO and the UN regional commissions, in cooperation with other partners in the UN Road Safety Collaboration, have developed a Global Plan for the Decade of Action, which is released today.
IIHS introduced the rigorous test to help evaluate vehicles for their safety in higher speed collisions that continue to cause fatalities. While the results are somewhat underwhelming, the IIHS says they are in line with what engineers expected when they rolled out the more stringent test.
Every two weeks a roadside worker or first responder suffers fatal injuries and hundreds more are injured, according to a recent AAA report. The increased use of automated vehicle technology presents new opportunities to prevent crashes and eliminate fatalities, but the technology also poses risks to the first responder.
According to the World Health Organization, males are more likely to be involved in road traffic crashes than females. The WHO notes that 73% of all road traffic deaths occur among young males under the age of 25. In addition, male drivers under the age of 25 are nearly three times as likely to be killed in road traffic crashes as female drivers under 25.
A whopping 777 persons in the Washington-metropolitan area used the free safe ride service, SoberRide®, this Halloween (Saturday, October 30) as opposed to possibly driving home drunk – the second highest level of ridership for that holiday in SoberRide’s 30-year history. “For its hours of operation this Halloween, this level of ridership translates into SoberRide removing a potential drunk driver from Greater Washington’s roadways every 27 (27.7) seconds,” said Kurt Erickson, President of the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program, the organization conducting the region’s SoberRide® effort.
The road to self-driving cars is a bumpy one, with automakers themselves creating potholes and taking consumers along for the ride. Tesla may be grabbing headlines, but many new cars from other brands also have the ability to partially automate driving now. Features under the umbrella label of active driver assist systems (ADAS) have been making incremental progress toward self-driving over the past few years.
A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Florida showed that alerts from a connected vehicle smartphone application caused drivers to reduce their speed in active school zones, while also increasing the visibility of bicyclists sharing the road with those same motorists.
Reckless drivers are regularly backing up on I-395 to get to the Express Lanes, despite bollards placed to prevent it. Video has captured a number of drivers getting onto northbound I-395 from the Route 110 ramp, near the Pentagon, then driving in reverse to get around bollards that block access to the high-occupancy toll lanes. In return for driving the wrong way on a major highway, the drivers get to save a couple of minutes by avoiding minor traffic backups in the main lanes of the 14th Street Bridge.
The fastest-growing sector in commercial telematics is video telematics, leveraging emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and edge computing. The report says growth is due to the desire of fleet operators to determine liability in the event of a [crash] and for driver coaching.
During the recent 12-month period between July of 2020 and June of 2021, drivers across the nation struck an animal in the road an estimated 2.1 million times — a 7.2% increase over the previous 12 months, according to an annual analysis by State Farm.
In July of 2019, a 2.1% increase in Virginia’s gasoline tax took effect along the I-81 corridor, including in Winchester and Frederick County, to help fund $2 billion in improvements to I-81. Locally, the project calls for widening I-81 northbound and southbound to three lanes between exits 313 and 317, extending the acceleration lane onto the interstate at the truck weigh station on I-81 North at mile marker 304, and adding more message boards and cameras along Frederick County’s portion of the interstate.
A frightening statistic makes the rounds every year around this time: In the U.S., kids under 17 are three times more likely to die in traffic on Halloween than any other day of the year. That figure reflects the surge of trick-or-treaters taking to streets that are not well designed for people walking, especially after dark, with predictably deadly results. But it’s also just one facet of a much larger pedestrian safety crisis that’s been developing over decades. The U.S. has among the industrialized world’s worst traffic safety outcomes, with almost 40,000 people dying on our roads every year.
A new report finds unsafe driving behaviors, including red-light running, drowsy driving, and driving impaired on cannabis or alcohol, have declined in the past three years. Some dangerous driving behaviors have fallen more than others, with drivers still admitting to speeding and using a handheld cell phone, posing a danger on the roadways, according to new survey data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
More than 20,000 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the first half of 2021, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about an 18 percent increase from the number of traffic fatalities recorded in the same time period last year.
Close collaboration with autonomous mobility-as-a-service pioneer, Beep, has been enabling various regions to prove out the technology safely through purpose-built solutions in real-world shuttle deployments, servicing real microtransit needs. Logically starting off with what’s referred to as first and last mile use cases that complement existing means of connecting people to arterial routes and existing core transit services, Florida authorities and Beep are already at a stage where they’re integrating autonomous mobility deep into communities.
Alexandria Rossi-Alvarez almost died. She was crossing the road, in a crosswalk, and was struck by an impaired driver. The impact launched her nearly 20 feet into the intersection. The car did not stop there. She was laying on the road, unable to move, watching as the car continued towards her.
The recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report highlighting a record-setting spike in crash fatalities over the first six months of 2021 is serving as a “call to arms” for Pete Buttigieg, secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
He explained during a speech to attendees at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials annual meeting in San Diego that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said an estimated 20,160 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the first half of 2021, up 18.4 percent over 2020.
A woman was killed and her husband and children injured during a crash Sunday night involving a horse-drawn buggy in Cumberland County. Virginia State Police said the crash happened on Route 45 near Davis Lane when a 2005 Toyota Tundra struck a horse-drawn buggy. Ten people were riding in the buggy at the time it was struck.
A recent study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found a significant connection between teen brain development and the likelihood of a [crash]. Specifically, the part of the brain in question is the development of “working memory,” or the way in which the brain stores temporary memories to process immediate decisions (not unlike the RAM in your computer).
With nearly one-third of annual traffic fatalities in the U.S. involving drivers under the age of 25, Honda is building on its "Safety For Everyone" approach with several new initiatives targeting young driver safety. The multi-pronged effort includes more than $2 million in safety-related financial support; driver safety education resources; and a targeted social media advertising campaign highlighting young crash survivors, starting during National Teen Driver Safety Week.
As National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 17 – 23, now is the perfect time for a reminder that new and improved technology in today’s cars can’t replace the time licensed adults spend with teens talking and driving together, Van Tassel says. Most states require teen drivers with a permit to spend between 30 to 100 hours in the car with a licensed driver.
As crashes involving teen drivers continued to rise in the state and region, one Virginia mom is spearheading a nationwide effort to save lives on the road. "All the time. Think about him all the time," said Julie Garner, a mom of two from Spotsylvania County. "In fact, this necklace is interesting because he loved the ocean."
More than nine months ago on Jan. 1, authorities began officially enforcing Virginia’s new law that makes it illegal to use a handheld communication device while driving (§ 46.2-818.2). If a driver is caught, they can expect a $125 fine for their first offense. A second or subsequent infraction will double the cost of the fine to $250.
The survey, conducted by Zebra Insurance Services, found about 75 percent of those with a past traumatic incidents had it while driving, while around 25 percent were passengers. Further, the study found 66 percent of Americans have driving anxiety.
When I was a youngster, my grandparents delighted in taking me for a trek in their car, especially on the weekends. They would come to visit during the summers. A car ride included rolling down the windows of the vehicle and we would all relish the rushing cool breeze on those hot and muggy summer days as we drove leisurely along.
Our Waymo Jaguar looked like a spaceship, with cameras and spinning sensors on the outside. But on the inside, it's more like a fancy taxi with a robot driver – equipped with a human "autonomous specialist" behind the wheel. Our trip from San Francisco's Bayview to Potrero Hill was mostly uneventful. The car obeyed all the traffic rules but it wasn't necessarily smooth.
"While the top 10 list of models with the most reckless driving infractions comprises trucks, SUVs, sedans, coupes, and luxury vehicles, the most strongly represented category by far is sports cars," Insurify says. Wondering which car to steer clear of on the road? Read on!
The coronavirus pandemic has upended many of the familiar routines that make up everyday urban life, bringing tectonic shifts in office culture, classroom learning and online shopping. Now it is transforming the way people move around the nation’s largest city. A boom in electric-powered mobile devices is bringing what is likely to be a lasting change and a new safety challenge to New York’s vast and crowded street grid.
The headlight ratings program developed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is reducing dangerous nighttime crashes in the real world, a recent study shows. Nighttime crash rates per mile are nearly 20 percent lower for vehicles with headlights that earn a good rating in the IIHS evaluation, compared with those with poor-rated headlights, the study found.
Millions of teens are learning to drive at an especially difficult time – amid a pandemic-fueled boom in risky and dangerous driving on U.S. roads. To commemorate National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 17-23, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and its partners continue to focus on keeping the youngest and most inexperienced drivers safe by reinforcing the important role of parents in the learning to drive process.
ndustry experts said in a report Thursday that American drivers should not become too reliant on automatic safety systems in modern vehicles during bad weather, like heavy rain, after studies showed that they sometimes aren't enough on their own to prevent crashes. AAA said in its report that systems like automatic braking and lane assist systems often failed in tests.
Homecoming season is a time of pain for Tammy Guido McGee, and it's a pain she doesn’t want any parent to experience. “The number of teenage deaths is continuing to rise and one death is too many deaths,” said McGee. In October 2019, her 16-year-old son Conner Guido was one of three Tabb High School students killed in a car wreck.
To broaden the scope of its research impact, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has joined the newly launched National Distracted Driving Coalition as a member institution. The goal of the coalition is to accelerate national efforts to implement short- and long-term interventions that will promote attentive driving and eliminate distracted driving fatalities and injuries.
The emphasis on pedestrian safety comes as data show that, in 2019 alone, 6,205 pedestrians died in traffic crashes across the United States. Older adults, black and indigenous people, as well as people walking in low-income communities, remain disproportionately represented in fatal pedestrian crashes, NHTSA noted.
After their 16-year-old daughter died in a car crash, David and Wendy Mills wondered whether she would be alive if federal rules on rear seat belt warnings had been issued on time. Four years later, with no rule and traffic fatalities spiking, they’re still at a loss over the inaction.
State police have a reminder for drivers: stop for school buses or face the legal consequences. The warning comes after a single-car accident on Friday ended in a near miss for students in King William County. According to Sergeant Dylan Davenport of the Virginia State Police, a school bus was stopped on the Richmond Tappahannock Highway to drop off students when a 2003 Suzuki ran off the road to the right.