Passengers can make a difference in reducing the number of devastating traffic crashes by speaking up when in a vehicle being driven unsafely. That's the theme of National Passenger Safety Week, January 22-29, 2023.
A new report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board calls on federal and state agencies engage in “new actions” to address the continuing problem of impaired driving, including from alcohol, cannabis (seen above), and other drugs, as well as well as multiple drug use.
Rick Birt, President of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) shared important information relating to safe driving on Good Morning Delmarva. SADD has partnered with MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) for National Passenger Safety Week.
Transportation projects often get delayed because of unclear structures and procedures within city agencies. A new report examines how the right mix of structure, people and processes can achieve success.
Cars, trucks, and other motor vehicles are used in all kinds of industries to conduct business. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 1,982 fatal occupational injuries were due to transportation incidents in 2021.
It’s no secret that the number of traffic fatalities nationwide is averaging higher than in previous years. That's confirmed by reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Virginia Department of Transportation.
During Super Bowl LVII, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is teaming up with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office to remind football fans everywhere that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.
Virginia law mandates that travelers on roadways with at least two lanes in one direction proceed with caution and, if reasonable, yield the right-of-way to emergency vehicles by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the stationary vehicle.
Cars, trucks, and other motor vehicles are used in all kinds of industries to conduct business. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 1,982 fatal occupational injuries were due to transportation incidents in 2021.
Children, relatives, colleagues, neighbors, and friends. These are the passengers that can pay the ultimate price when drivers choose to engage in distracted driving and other dangerous behaviors behind the wheel.
The population over age 65 in the U.S. increased by 35% between 2011 and 2020. In 2020 17% of all traffic fatalities involved adults 65 years of age and older. The number of fatalities increase in adults over 75 and even more after age 85.
Traffic safety experts have recently come to recognize the power passengers have when they speak up when in a vehicle being driven unsafely, which is why the theme of this year's Drive2Life PSA Contest is "passengers SPEAK UP."
In 2020, of the 35,766 fatal crashes on the nation’s highways and byways, 4,588 (or 12.8%) involved at least one large truck or bus, according to the 2022 Pocket Guide to Large Truck and Bus Statistics published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Partial automation is a wonder of today’s newer cars. But the technology has the potential to turn dangerous — and possibly deadly — because of how drivers are misusing it, according to recent research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a preliminary estimate today finding that 31,785 people died in traffic crashes in the first nine months of 2022, 65 fewer deaths than the same period the year before.
The surge of traffic deaths in the first year of the pandemic can't be completely explained by quarantine-emptied roads that made speeding easy — and new data on who, exactly, was involved in those crashes may lead to more questions than answers.
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute’s Smart Work Zone system capabilities have expanded to meet the safety needs of an Albemarle County work zone deployed at the roundabout intersection of Route 151 and Route 250 in November.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released its latest projections for traffic fatalities in 2022, estimating that 31,785 people died in traffic crashes in the first nine months of the year.
A panel of top Department of Transportation leaders updated a session at this year’s meeting of the Transportation Research Board, outlining some of the activities aimed at reducing the continuing challenges of rising highway fatalities.
The agency’s new report, “The Economic and Societal Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2019,” examines the costs of one year of crashes that killed an estimated 36,500 people, injured 4.5 million, and damaged 23 million vehicles.
Traffic-safety advocates are hoping to get legislation passed allowing localities to set speed limits by zone. The Richmond Police Department has said speed was the number one factor in several fatal crashes in the city.
Actions from federal and state agencies are needed to address the continuing problem of impaired driving, including from alcohol, cannabis and multiple drug use the National Transportation Safety Board said in a new report released today.
According to Governor Glenn Youngkin’s office, in the commonwealth, 445 Virginians were injured, and 13 others lost their lives because of alcohol-related crashes between thanksgiving 2021 and new year’s day 2022.
Regardless of state marijuana laws, include in the policy that operating a company vehicle under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, any controlled substance, or any substance that impairs your ability is considered a violation to the fleet policy and to the organization’s code of conduct. Violations against the policy should be categorized as a severe offense and may include termination.
In May 2022, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a report showing pedestrian fatalities have risen 59 percent since 2009, with more than 6,500 people struck and killed by vehicles in 2020 alone.
Research shows that car, pickup truck, and SUV drivers, including teens, initiate more than 75 percent of incidents involving heavy trucks. "Good Morning America" visited the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) to provide its viewers with a first-person perspective of what it is like to drive a truck on the road and tips on how to safely drive around them during the busy holiday travel season.
Whether activating technologies by voice, by touching a touchscreen or phone, or interfacing with the infotainment system, there’s little difference in distraction, Atchley of University of Florida says.
Whether it’s snow, sleet or ice, winter weather can cause extremely dangerous road conditions. In 2020, there were 374 fatal crashes, and an estimated 25,000 injury crashes that occurred in wintry conditions.
Winter weather is approaching the East Coast on one of the year’s busiest travel weekends. The holidays are finally here, and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) wants to ensure you arrive safely at your destination.
These eight New Year's driving resolutions will help make those roads safer for yourself and other drivers, including law enforcement and first responders who risk their lives every day working traffic incidents.
The NSC says its estimates are reflected in the probability that the actual number of deaths will fall within a specific range. Their confidence interval is in the 90th percentile, and is between 333 and 490 fatalities.
Nadia Tawfik was 17 years old when she got her first car. Two months later, Tawfik was following behind her mother’s car when her mother continued driving straight and she made a fast decision to go a different way and make a left-hand turn.
Police have released the names of the two men and one woman killed following a crash that involved a party bus carrying more than 20 people and a tractor trailer on Interstate 64 in Virginia early Friday morning.
Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO), the Virginia State Police (VSP), the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and State Farm partnered to announce the winners and congratulate all the contestants.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials recently joined nine other transportation organizations in support of a joint statement issued December 14 “reaffirming” their belief that deployment of vehicle-to-everything or V2X technologies will save lives and that removing “regulatory uncertainty” will help achieve that goal.
Virginia's Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is increasing their messaging over the holidays. It's a two-part campaign: First is an increased effort by police to apprehend drunk drivers. Second is to prevent it from happening at all.
An estimated 350 people may lose their lives in traffic crashes over the Christmas holiday and another 400 may die in collisions over the New Year’s holiday, according to the National Safety Council’s latest projections.
Driving in the winter can be dangerous. Storms, bad weather and messy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
A new report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that unsafe driving behavior – including speeding, red-light running, drowsy driving, and driving impaired on either cannabis or alcohol – increased significantly from 2020 to 2021.
Making “resilience analysis” a cornerstone of the infrastructure decision-making process is becoming a key focal point for state departments of transportation and federal transportation agencies alike.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is kicking off its annual holiday season impaired-driving campaign, raising awareness of the dangers of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
As holiday season celebrations kick into high gear, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is joining forces with federal, state and private-sector partners to encourage people who consume alcohol or other impairing substances to make the safer choice and leave the driving to someone who is sober.
This holiday season, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is partnering with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office to share the message about the dangers of drunk driving.
In the three-plus decades since the Virginia Inland Port opened in rural Warren County, economic development has followed. A study underway right now will look at whether it makes sense to open a second inland port near Lynchburg or Bristol.
U.S. streets are transforming into testing grounds for automated vehicle technology — but both Congress and state governments are failing to protect road users who didn’t sign up to be guinea pigs, a new report says.
State legislators should change traffic laws to make sure kids under the age of 12 sit in the back seat, to limit when teens can drive, and to allow for automated enforcement with speed and red-light cameras, a group of advocates said Tuesday.
The American Automobile Association has released its annual Traffic Safety Culture Index, and the results aren’t great: In every category, Americans drove more dangerously in 2021 compared to the year prior.
Any task that involves a driver’s hands and eyes has the highest risk of resulting in an incident or unsafe event on the road, according to study findings by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that 518 people may die on U.S. roads this Thanksgiving holiday period, and if this estimate holds true, this Thanksgiving holiday weekend would experience the most deaths since 2007.
An estimated 518 people will die in car crashes on U.S. roads this Thanksgiving, a leading safety organization says — but little is being done to save lives by addressing the root causes of traffic violence.
It’s a problem that lots of states have struggled with in recent years as the nation has moved to marijuana legalization and pot usage has spiked. How can police tell if someone is driving under the influence of cannabis?
Area police are stepping up traffic enforcement throughout the region, hoping to bring down the number of people killed or hurt while out walking and biking on local roads. In the month of November, there have been at least nine people killed in the region.
Passenger-vehicle drivers were far more likely to get speeding-related citations than commercial drivers in last summer’s week-long Operation Safe Driver Program organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.
During National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, we recommit to stopping avoidable traffic deaths and keeping America’s roadways safe by driving sober, raising awareness, helping each other get home, and supporting fellow Americans who are struggling with substance use.
With an estimated 54.6 million people traveling to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this year, the American Trucking Associations and ATA’s Share the Road highway safety program provided safe driving tips in preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Travelers Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV), today released “Every Second Matters®: Reducing Distracted Driving, One Voice at a Time,” an educational guide published in partnership with Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), the world’s largest telematics company.
An average of 2.7 people are killed in traffic crashes every day in Virginia. Pedestrian and bicycle accidents are on the rise, and lawmakers have made it easier to go after distracted driving, but the laws are not getting used.
According to statistics from the NHTSA from the past five years, it is estimated that 10,732 people (about the seating capacity of Cameron basketball stadium at Duke University) in the U.S. were killed in car [crashes] during popular days off.
Some 61% of Americans plan to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday with 80% choosing to drive to their destination, and many are sticking to 50 miles of home, according to a recent survey from cars.com.
The first winter weather advisory for the cold season is making its way to our area. National Weather Service Meteorologist, Will Perry says it’s not unusual to see winter weather in our area during this time.
In Virginia, comparing 2022, so far this year with 2021 at this time, there has been a 34% increase in walkers and cyclists being killed in traffic, according to John Saunders, the director of Highway Safety for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
The Virginia Department of Transportation hosted another successful Highway Heroes event on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, where hundreds of residents and families from across Central Virginia showed up to learn about the role of first responders on the state’s roadways and the tools they use to address various traffic incidents.
Jamel Tanner, a recent victim of a fatal pedestrian crash, spent the last couple of months of his life walking up and down Route 234, a busy highway also known as Dumfries Road, in order to get to work.
More than 745,000 vehicles were stolen in the first three quarters of 2022, with over 250,000 having been reported to law enforcement since the end of June, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). This represents a 24% increase compared to the same time period in 2019.
Imagine your 4,000-pound passenger vehicle colliding with an 80,000-pound truck.
That’s how Alan Boyd, a professional truck driver for more than four decades, frames part of the roadway safety talks he has with high school students.
A new Department of Transportation inspector general report concluded that DOT’s key 2023 “management challenges” range from reducing highway fatalities to successfully implementing the variety of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act programs.
Every day, approximately 32 people in the U.S. die in drunk driving collisions. Safety advocates — and a majority of the public — support the use of ignition interlocks to keep drunk drivers off the streets.
With Drowsy Driving Prevention Week beginning soon — it runs Nov. 6-13 — the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is warning of the dangers of drowsy driving and sharing tips to prevent this behavior in the first place.
DRIVE SMART Virginia, Hopewell Police Department and VCU traveled to Hopewell High School to educate sophomores students about the dangers of distracted driving using its drive smart simulator Wednesday.
Thursday marked the first-ever national "Do Not Disturb While Driving Day" when driving safety advocates encouraged drivers to turn on the "do not disturb" function on their phones when behind the wheel.
AAA has released detailed expert guidance and new tools to assist policymakers, prosecutors, law enforcement, and toxicology laboratory staff when starting or expanding an oral fluid program to detect drugged drivers.
Automakers tout advanced driver-assistance systems like adaptive cruise control and emergency braking as a solution to the epidemic of traffic fatalities. But what if they’re just convenience features?
The Virginia Department of Transportation is working with construction contractors along I-81 between exits 137 and 141 to decrease the number of crashes, which have led to traffic backups along the highway stretch.
More than 175 runners and walker registered for the Jimmy Rich 5K held Saturday at Anglers Park in Danville. The race was in honor of Rich, who was killed by a distracted driver in January while out on a run.
The variable speed-limit corridor on Interstate 95 in Spotsylvania County seems to be doing what it was intended to do: initiate gradually slower speeds for a more efficient trip, with fewer crashes, through a heavily congested area.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released an update on its National Roadway Safety Strategy (NRSS) on October 14, and shared a new online dashboard that allows stakeholders and the general public to track the Department’s progress on commitments made as part of the NRSS.
Anytime a driver reaches over to send a text message, answer a call, or perform any other task while operating a vehicle, they place the lives of themselves, their passengers, and other drivers at risk.
As part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 16-22, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is encouraging teen drivers and their parents or guardians to start candid conversations about safe driving habits.
Motor vehicle crashes are the second leading cause of death for US teens, that’s according to the CDC. To bring awareness to the importance of safety behind the wheel, it’s National Teen Driver Safety Week.
If you have trouble ignoring a call or text message while you’re driving, your phone has a feature that might just help. Oct. 20 is National Do Not Disturb While Driving Day. The National Distracted Driving Coalition is calling on drivers to use the Do Not Disturb feature on their cellphones.
The American Transportation Research Institute analyzed more than 580,000 individual truck driver records and identified more than 25 different violations and convictions that increased the likelihood of future crashes...
From the period of 2010 to 2020, pedestrian deaths have increased faster than other traffic fatalities. In 2020, pedestrian deaths made up 16.9% of total traffic fatalities in the Unites States according to Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
With October marking the beginning of National Pedestrian Safety Month, the U.S. Department of Transportation is reminding drivers of their responsibility to stay alert for pedestrians, cyclists, and other vulnerable road users.
According to research by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), October is the most dangerous month to drive in Virginia. Because of this, the Virginia State Police and 19 local police agencies are teaming up for a new campaign to prevent crashes and reduce injuries this month.
Many Americans feel comfortable treating their advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), which partially automate certain driving functions, as full self-driving systems, according to a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a new national paid media campaign to educate drivers about the dangers of illegally passing stopped school buses. The campaign will run through October 31.
Make sure you avoid common pitfalls by following this advice from Chris Morris, UNC Health child passenger safety technician. Morris estimates he's installed between 150,000 and 200,000 car seats since 1983.
Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety’s peer-to-peer campaign, Drive for Change: Buckle Up and Slow Down, is designed to encourage youth and teens to develop a lifelong buckle up habit by reminding them that seat belts are their best defense against injury and death in a crash.
National Pedestrian Safety Month celebrates the right of everyone to walk or roll safely and reminds drivers of their responsibility to stay alert for pedestrians, cyclists, and other vulnerable road users.
Close to half a million vehicles were stolen in the first half of 2022 — a 25% increase over the vehicle theft total reported for the first half of the year in 2019, according to the latest analysis from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).
A new push to stop drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel could happen soon. The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for alcohol impairment detection systems to be installed in all new cars in the next three years.
In one of the more unusual experiments we've seen recently, researchers attached a large pair of cartoonish googly eyes to the front of a small, self-driving vehicle – and it turns out that this kind of anthropomorphic tweak could actually improve pedestrian safety.
Behind-the-wheel instruction provides approximately 14 hours of observation and actual driving in residential, open, and interstate roadways. Contact your school's driver education coordinator for information on behind-the-wheel class availability.
More than 51,000 vehicles illegally passed stopped school buses on a single day during the 2021-22 school year while bus drivers participated in the annual National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services survey.
Downtown rush hour has still not roared back to pre-pandemic levels even as car travel surges in the suburbs, a new study finds — and it may help explain why traffic deaths have stayed so stubbornly high in U.S. communities.
A study by Carnegie Mellon University found that if at least 20 percent of cars are autonomous vehicles, traffic systems may start to see the operational improvements these vehicles are expected to bring.
For many people in the United States, driving is a necessary part of everyday life. In fact, U.S. drivers logged 3.27 trillion miles between March 2021 and March 2022, according to the Federal Highway Administration.
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.