This week, the trucking industry recognized its truck drivers with special events, giving out prizes and awards as a part of its recognition. Using the hashtag, #NTDAW2020 and #NTDAW, companies took to social media to spread the word about this week’s events.
The nation is grappling with a pedestrian safety crisis that has worsened in recent years: The number of pedestrians killed in the U.S. hit a 28-year high of 6,283 in 2018, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
As for the lonely long-distance truck driver, think of how much more successful and safer they can be with a whole team openly communicating in support. And speaking of building team communication, don’t forget to include your highway patrol.
This plan serves as a guide for the region in creating a more efficient, responsive and environmentally sensitive transportation system during the next 25 years, and represents the interests of the city of Lynchburg, the town of Amherst and urbanized portions of Amherst, Bedford and Campbell counties.
Researchers have found that almost all road users break the law, but the reasons for the infractions differ between modes. Motorists break road rules to save time while cyclists do so to save their necks.
Pedestrians are one of the most at-risk groups of roadway users, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While pedestrians account for only 3 percent of all Americans involved in traffic crashes, they represent 14 percent of all traffic fatalities.
In July 2019, VDOT began implementing operational improvements including traffic cameras, changeable message signs, curve warning systems, additional Safety Service Patrol resources, and innovative towing programs.
City leaders say pedestrian deaths in Roanoke are triple what they were last year.
Increased state funding to address the problem will add safety measures to help reduce the number of pedestrian deaths.
Automakers’ marketing and branding of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) can inflate a driver’s expectations of what the systems can handle, creating overconfident drivers, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
The global coronavirus pandemic has apparently brought out the worst in American drivers. Six months since the coronavirus upended our lives, highway safety officials across the country are reporting a severe spike in speeding.
Operations improvements typically entail minor tweaks to existing infrastructure such as faster towing of disabled vehicles, clearer signage and better lighting, for example — all relatively low-cost upgrades that can reduce the occurrence and severity of backups.
Something subtle and insidious has happened over the past decade or so of driving: the cabin of your car, truck or SUV has been invaded by an occupying force of dings, chimes, klaxons and flashing lights, each one vying for your attention in the middle of your morning commute.
As with driving any vehicle for business, employees who are responsible for driving a truck can face various aspects of risk in their daily work lives. It is imperative that, for their own safety and that of other road users, action is taken to reduce as much risk as possible.
Most of the vehicles without ratings are low-volume models, sports cars, luxury vehicles, or large vans. The expense is too great for NHTSA and the IIHS to test all vehicles, so choices are made based on car sales volume and testing budgets.
As roadway fatalities have surged during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic despite fewer vehicles on the road, one ride share company is partnering with some of the nation’s leading safety organizations to ensure safe rides for all customers.
Failure to use seat belt while operating a commercial motor vehicle was the second most identified traffic enforcement offense, accounting for 12.51% of all warnings (760) and 21.53% (1,003) of all citations given to commercial motor vehicle drivers.
State police is one of nearly 100 law enforcement agencies conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols through Labor Day in an effort to prevent and deter impaired driving and DUI/DUID-related crashes.
The 2019 Labor Day weekend saw a rise in fatal crashes across the Commonwealth. A total of 17 individuals died in traffic crashes in Virginia during the 2019 four-day, holiday, compared to 14 deaths in 2018.
Obtaining a driver's license is arguably one of the most exciting privileges of a young adult's life. However, many new drivers don't fully understand the safety risks and concerns of this coveted privilege.
Making a difference in the community is not a new concept to the trucking industry. Over the past six months, the industry has seen a collective coming together from across the country through free lunches for truck drivers, financial assistance, and more.
Teen drivers and drivers 65 years and older – two age groups at a higher risk of being involved in an automobile crash – are more likely to be driving vehicles that are less safe, putting them at even higher risk of injury.
NHTSA has estimated that 40 percent of vehicles with open recalls don’t get repaired, and safety advocates like Shahan worry that it’s because owners might have never received a recall notice in the first place.
As part of AAA’s annual School’s Open, Drive Carefully campaign, motorists are advised to expect to see children along their travel routes throughout the day and to be extremely cautious in neighborhoods and in school zones.
Last year, nearly one-third (31.9 percent) of traffic fatalities in Virginia were due to alcohol-related crashes, and 18,648 people were convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in the Commonwealth.
It’s no surprise that a lack of driving experience contributes to teen driving crashes. Even without a lot of miles under their belts, teens tend to overestimate their abilities and underestimate the dangers of the road.
Despite a nationwide pandemic, Americans are still on the roads and traveling for the upcoming three day weekend. The National Safety Council estimates that 390 fatalities and 44,400 serious injuries will talk place on U.S. roadways.
In seconds, someone can break the window, unlock the door, and steal your items or the vehicle itself. The worst part is that there are very few witnesses around when this happens, but by taking extra caution and planning, you can avoid burglaries and break-ins.
For the study, institute researchers analyzed data on fatal crashes from several sources to determine how often teens were killed in different types of vehicles compared to older drivers during 2013-17 and in contrast to 2008-12.
During the 1950s, '60s and '70s — the period covered by these photos — Lynchburg and Central Virginia experienced a frenzy of road construction. We may take them for granted, but these projects shape and expand our definition of community.
One thing to keep in mind here is that if you as the parent are financing the purchase, you certainly have every right to decide on the vehicle, the equipment it has and, critically, how and when it is used.
Fairfax County and Dominion Energy are testing an autonomous electric shuttle that could be carrying passengers between the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro station and the county’s eclectic Mosaic District as early as this fall.
Those who violate the law will face a $125 fine for the first offense and $250 for each subsequent offense. Violation of the law in a work zone is an automatic $250 fine, even if it’s a driver’s first offense.
SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) are launching a program to incentivize and honor SADD State Coordinators who demonstrate creativity in promoting SADD programs.
Enforcement officials will inspect commercial motor vehicles throughout the week. Vehicles found to have critical out-of-service brake violations or other critical vehicle out-of-service inspection item violations will be restricted from traveling until those violations are corrected.
Public transit systems play an essential role in moving large numbers of people around New York. Before Covid-19, nearly three-quarters of all daily commuters and visitors took the subway, bus, train or ferry in the city.
Commercial vehicle drivers are more likely to engage in unsafe driving behaviors at the beginning or end of their shifts. Meanwhile, U.S. drivers are speeding more frequently on the less-congested roadways during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With fully-autonomous trucks years away, Level 1 and Level 2 driver assistance systems are helping experienced commercial drivers be even safer on U.S. highways as larger fleets are adopting the evolving technologies.
Automotive engineers and large elements of the automotive press are very excited about the idea of production vehicles that can operate autonomously. The problem is the car-buying public seems much less sold on the idea.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is one of the key stakeholders in a new project to enable sharing of information about unmanned aerial systems (UAS), to address key safety and policy concerns while keeping the airspace open.
Virginia pedestrian deaths reached a record high in 2019, so Drive Smart Virginia is reminding drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to share the responsibility of road safety—especially during Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Month in September.
School buses are traditionally a very safe way to travel. They represent 25 percent of the miles traveled by students in the U.S. but account for less than 4 percent of the injuries and 2 percent of fatalities.
Wildlife sightings are commonplace for anyone who spends time on Virginia’s highways. But many drivers are also all too familiar with the danger that can arise quickly when animals venture into the human-made spaces crisscrossing their habitats.
You’re a parent and you’ve protected your child from all dangers on and off the road. Now your child is a teenager and they are marking off the days until they are old enough to drive. This may leave you asking yourself, what can I do to keep my teen driver safe?
If you've got these masks hanging from the rearview mirror, that's blocking your vision. Who knows what you could be missing. It only takes a second for a collision to happen and for you to miss something.
Top officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Highway Administration have emphasized the importance of advanced driver assistance systems, automated driving systems, and other technologies in commercial trucking.
Apart from being unpleasant to drive on, poor roads are linked to worse traffic, reduced safety, and increased vehicle ownership costs. Research from AAA found that potholes alone cost drivers $3 billion a year in vehicle repair costs.
The new initiative implementing 15 mph speed limits will build upon an effort to promote safer use of streets by pedestrians that has been underway since early June that began with seven initial areas.
AAA found significant problems during simulations where it placed a broken-down car in the vehicle's path. It reported that about two-thirds of the time, a test vehicle would strike the stalled car at an average speed of 25 mph.
Drunk driving remains a major issue in the United States. Alcohol has been a factor in about 30 % of traffic deaths every year for the past decade, and police arrest about a million people a year for driving under its influence.
In Virginia, the days are hot in the summer. The temperature in a car can quickly rise into the 100s and can become deadly in a matter of minutes,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran.
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) last week released a guide urging local leaders to rethink how they set speed limits on city streets in a bid to prevent pedestrian deaths.
While age does have some impact on potential truck driver risk, commercial motor vehicle driving experience is more important when considering risk, according to a recent study from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
Whether it’s walking or biking, more people are enjoying time outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic, but some cities have done a better job at keeping the roads safe for pedestrians — and D.C. is one of them.
Deer-vehicle collisions account for about 1 million crashes each year that kill 200 Americans, cause more than 10,000 personal injuries and result in $1 billion in vehicle damage, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Ultimately, the most important component for reliability is the motor. If it fails or underperforms, all improvements to the rest of the system won’t matter. Unfortunately, not all motors are the same.
New data from the National Safety Council (NSC) found the U.S. traffic fatality rate jumped 23.5% in May, compared to the year prior, despite the number of vehicle miles driven in that month dropping 25.5%.
The virtual sessions will provide motor carriers, drivers, safety technology developers and users, safety advocacy groups and more — as well as members of the public – an opportunity to share their ideas on improving trucking safety.
In the United States one child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle every 10 days, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Since 1998, there have been more than 850 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths.
Roanoke has launched a safety campaign called "Every Corner is a Crosswalk" to call attention to the duties of drivers and pedestrians to be more careful. The city hopes to reduce the number of crashes between vehicles and people walking.
As we get older, we likely will notice physical changes that can make certain actions such as moving our foot from the gas pedal to the brake pedal more challenging. Driver safety requires more than understanding road signs and traffic laws states.
Corporate fleet safety management practices like driver training, fatigue risk management, in-vehicle monitoring systems (IVMSs), and strong mobile phone policies can reduce the number and severity of motor vehicle crashes.
Safety advocates joined federal and state transportation agencies recently as the U.S. Department of Transportation launched a virtual safety summit with the first of three webinars to discuss ways to reduce pedestrian fatalities on the nation’s roadways.
Federal trucking regulators are seeking information on the safety operations of small commercial trucks and vans making deliveries for online retailers and grocery stores that seem to be increasing in number in recent months.
The study finds that widespread adoption of crash avoidance technologies available today and other existing safety systems could save upward of 16,800 to 20,500 lives annually, according to Consumer Reports.
In 2018, the most current year available, NHTSA data reveals pedestrians accounted for 17 percent of all road deaths, up from 12 percent in 2009, and reportedly reaching the highest number in thirty years.
In a study in the July 2 edition of the Journal of Adolescent Medicine, researchers at Yale identified some of the factors contributing to delaying driving licensure, or DDL, and pointed to policy changes that could expand safety training regardless of age.
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare — inadvertently leaving an infant or toddler in a hot vehicle. Because there is so much going on in today’s world, especially in the midst of a pandemic, it can happen to anyone.
A growing number of vehicles in virtually all classes and price points either come standard with or are offering a sophisticated range of driver-assist features engineered to help motorists avoid getting into crashes.
The nation's truck drivers are among those who are risking their personal health and doing the hard work to keep products moving to stores, hospitals and elsewhere. And their effort is being recognized.
Operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a major safety issue, especially for commercial truckers. It is important for carriers to pinpoint the telltale signs of marijuana use and enforce anti-drug-use policies in the workplace.
Law enforcement will be paying closer attention to unsafe driving behaviors of both truck and car drivers July 12-18 as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week.
When enforcement begins in January, it’ll be a primary offense, meaning police can pull you over if they see you on your phone. The penalty is a $125 fine for the first offense and $250 for the second, or if you were caught in a construction zone.
Even though state police did its part to enhance its response times and traffic safety enforcement efforts, too many motorists still put their lives and others at risk during the holiday weekend by failing to drive smart, safe or sober.
Americans took 2.8 billion fewer total trips during the 4th of July week this year than they did in 2019. That overall drop is supported by similar declines in the number of trips per day throughout the week.
A new law takes effect starting this week, which will make crossing the road easier and safer for pedestrians. On Wednesday, July 1, the new law requires drivers to stop and not just yield for pedestrians at crosswalks in all lanes.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), working with the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), launched a statewide survey on Monday, June 29 to gauge the impact of coronavirus on commuters.
Senate Bill 437 (Protection of Bicyclists and Other Vulnerable Road Users) makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor to operate a vehicle in a careless or distracted manner if serious bodily injury is caused to a vulnerable road user.
As temperatures across the country continue to climb this summer and states begin to reopen, the National Safety Council is calling on Americans to educate themselves about the dangers of pediatric vehicular heatstroke and how to prevent it.
As traffic volumes begin rebounding as COVID-19 lockdown orders are relaxed, renewed emphasis is being placed on highway work zone safety especially as higher incidences of speeding recorded during the pandemic are abating only slowly.
As the adoption of autonomous vehicles spreads, roads could be made even safer and more efficient with intelligent infrastructure and traffic management systems, such as smart traffic signals, and even robot traffic controllers.
According to Arrivalist’s Daily Travel Index, which uses GPS data to monitor road trips of 50 miles or more, car travel has increased each week since April. The Memorial Day weekend had the most dramatic uptick in 2020 road trips.
The state transportation board says that while fewer people have been on the roads due to coronavirus shutdowns, there’s a concerning uptick in the number of traffic deaths where victims are speeding and not wearing seat belts.
According to preliminary data from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), from March 13-May 21, 2020, speed-related fatalities make up about 50% of the overall fatalities, which is greater than in the same time frame in 2019 (42%).
Truck drivers have been among the front-line responders to the pandemic, delivering medical supplies and equipment to hospitals and ensuring that store shelves across the country remained stocked with essential goods for consumers.
Previously, the DMV had allowed all driver’s licenses expiring on or before July 31 to be extended until August 31 at the latest, registrations expiring in June got 60 days, and those expiring in July got a 30-day extension.
This year, 46 million Americans say they plan to hit the open road in a recreational vehicle (RV), up from 25 million in 2019, as coronavirus lockdowns force travel lovers to look closer to home for their holiday getaway.
As a growing number of states emerge from COVID-19 isolation, the AAA Foundation’s Traffic Safety Culture Index serves as an important reminder that when drivers return to the road, they need to leave their bad habits behind.
With many opinion polls showing deep skepticism among Americans about self-driving cars, the effort aims to boost public awareness. NHTSA plans “online mapping tools” that will eventually show testing locations and activity data.
Known as the AV TEST initiative, a catchy acronym for Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing, the public will be able to see the log online and also sign-up to be emailed whenever the latest info is posted.
Between 1998 and 2019, Maryland has had 14 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths. Virginia has had 26 and D.C. has had one. Each of these deaths is heartbreaking news. However, one possibility for the lower number compared to past years is the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
To keep the roads safe National Highway Safety Transportation Administration (NHTSA) recommends that drivers and passengers avoid distractions, stay sober, always wear a seat belt and make sure that children are in the correct car seat or booster seat.
As driving begins to return to normal levels across the country after months of lockdown, motorists may fall back into bad driving habits. Even though drivers know that their risky behavior is wrong, many do it anyway, particularly those involved in a recent crash.
The project costs $3.5 million and will remove portions of the outdated high-trafficked highway that present operational and safety challenges. The section is along Virginia Beach Boulevard between Clarence Street and Newtown Road.
New research by insurance comparison website The Zebra reveals that motorists continue to engage in distracted driving, which goes beyond smartphones. In addition to nearly two-thirds of those surveyed admitting using their phone while driving, motorists are finding more creative ways to engage in distracted driving.
Holding a device in itself while driving will not be a violation, but holding one while talking into it, using a touchscreen, pressing buttons, or using it in other ways will be a violation, according to the ordinance.
As the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) continues gradually reopening across Virginia, several more customer service centers, including in the Shenandoah Valley, will be opening back up next week.
With Summer coming around and temperatures rising its important to remember to not keep children or pets locked in hot vehicles. If you won't be able to bring pets or kids inside with you then they should be kept home, not left in a vehicle.
Determining the root cause of why a driver's eyes are off the road early can help mitigate crashes and improve safety. Even seemingly minor distractions can have a devastating impact on the safety of drivers and the motoring public.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has awarded a $4.5 million contract for a road project in Roanoke. The road improvements will take place on Route 419 and is intended to make a handful of changes to decrease congestion and to provide safer conditions for pedestrians and bikers.
A new article, published online by the Work Research Group at Vanderbilt, takes a hard look at transportation modes during and after the COVID-19 pandemic using mathematical analysis and basic laws of traffic to explore scenarios of increased car commuting. Through their work, the researchers predict a sweeping switch to single-occupancy vehicle commuting and resulting risk for extreme traffic in large metro areas.
States are starting to open again after shelter-in-place orders to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and in response, government fleet managers are changing the way they do business. For some, that means more employees are back at work and for others, it’s the opposite.
Reducing traffic deaths caused by driver error has been the main promise of self-driving car technology, a promise industry has used to justify billions of dollars of investment and the rush to get automated technologies on the road.
Motor vehicle-related traffic fatalities were down 1.2% in 2019 despite a 0.9% rise in vehicle miles traveled, according to preliminary data released in May by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
SADD and The National Road Safety Foundation, a non-profit group, are mounting a massive social media campaign to call attention to a host of safe driving issues from distracted and drowsy driving to impaired and aggressive driving.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is still seeking public comment on a plan that seeks to alleviate traffic congestion along the heavily traveled Route 460/College Avenue corridor in Bluefield, Va.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will unveil a new ad campaign, reminding drivers to slow down and practice safer driving habits as coronavirus restrictions are lifted and they return to the road.
The relative safety of American motor vehicle activity as a measure of fatalities per 100 million miles driven isn't quite its all-time best, but it's not far off. Driving is significantly safer than it was even 25 years ago.
It only takes a second, but it can have life-long repercussions. Texting and driving may seem innocent enough (and it's certainly tempting to do), but every year thousands of faultless drivers and passengers are killed due to the negligence of other drivers.
Despite less traffic on the roads due to the coronavirus pandemic, eight people died on state highways over the four-day Memorial Day weekend, and reckless driving citations and DUIs were only slightly down.
The latest poll to affirm this deep distrust comes from Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE), a coalition of industry players and nonprofits aimed at improving the public’s understanding of autonomous vehicles.
There are going to be a million studies on the corona virus and its impacts in the years and decades to come, but we're already getting data about driving and public transit, and what it means going forward.
The higher fatality rates run counter to previous recessions, when the number of fatalities per miles driven fell, Kolosh said. "Something very different is happening in this current circumstance with this pandemic," he said.
As Americans plan for life after pandemic lockdowns, many want to avoid public transport and use a car instead, straining already underfunded transit systems and risking an increase in road congestion and pollution.
The Global Fleet Conference will be presented this year in various digital formats through the month of June 2020, and with topics tailored to meet today’s needs under the title “Preparing for the New Normal.”
Since 2018, the day has been set aside to recognize the importance of transportation relative to all Virginians. This year, VDOT announced the focus is on honoring the frontline transportation workers and the critical work they do.
Addressing anticipated $50 billion decrease in state transportation revenues due to COVID-19 seen as vital to funding needed repairs and modernization to improve rural conditions, support economic recovery and boost safety
While touchscreen infotainment systems have brought unprecedented levels of convenience to car owners, interacting with the digital displays is distracting drivers and could prove deadly due to slowed reaction times.
The defunct Washington Evening Star newspaper ran a series of punchy, illustrated columns called “Why Must They Die?” which brought the topic to the public and revealed assumptions behind traffic safety programs from that time.
Efforts to emphasize seat belt use, the dangers of speeding, and greater motorcycle awareness are just some of the safety campaigns being initiated by state departments of transportation across the country.
During the annual meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Committee on Safety May 11-13, members discussed a number of ways to ensure a tight focus on improving traffic safety despite uncertainties created by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the fall election season.
Less traffic during COVID-19 may not mean fewer fatalities. You would expect crashes, injuries, and fatalities would be significantly less than pre-COVID-19 times; but, that is not necessarily the case.
Stories of animals in car engines are nothing new, but with fewer people driving and NYT reporters apparently scanning Twitter for story ideas, it became obvious that there's been an increase in rodent in-vehicle habitation.
Whether you're driving alone late at night or picking the kids up from school, you've likely seen unsettling driving behavior that's made you wonder: "Am I sharing the road with a drunk driver?" Certain days are significantly more dangerous on the roads than the rest of the year.
Global Youth Traffic Month every May brings the grim reminder that traffic crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for teens. Last year, nearly 2,500 young people in the U.S. died as a result of crashes
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that states can apply for funding to help drivers learn about and repair open safety recalls on their vehicles.
Motorcycle crashes involving another motor vehicle continue accounting for nearly half of all motorcyclist fatalities in the United States. Motorcyclists are inherently at more risk than motor vehicles.
While driving under the influence was once the major focus of safety on the road, distracted driving of all kinds has gained national attention in recent years. Texting and driving has proven to be the latest serious road hazard; it has cost a number of lives, and 42 states have developed laws and campaigns against it.
The year 2020 dawned with a severe hit by the ever-powerful tsunami of COVID-19. Now, no day goes by without a deluge of scary reports in daily newspapers, TV and radio describing in graphic details, the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is collaborating with stakeholders in the manufacturing, infrastructure owner-operator, and public safety communities to study challenging, dynamic scenarios involving automated driving systems, such as encounters with public safety providers. The team will also address ways to facilitate communications between these systems and their supporting physical infrastructure.
In just a few weeks during the coronavirus pandemic, carsharing has pivoted to a new business model to serve essential workers in healthcare, food service, and deliveries who don’t have reliable wheels or want to avoid the health risk of public transportation.
As the daily coronavirus death toll slowly falls in Italy and cities in the country make plans for reopening, Milan is beginning to transform 22 miles of local streets, adding temporary bike lanes and wider sidewalks, and lowering the speed limit.
Automakers and technology companies are coming out with features aimed at reducing injuries and deaths related to distracted driving. Edmunds experts have selected five new car technologies designed to reduce distraction and help make you a safer driver.
Under a new executive order given by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, teenagers within the Peach State will no longer need to pass a formal driving test in order to secure a driver's license. Instead they'll just have to get the 'A-okay' from their parents.
Although the number of traffic accidents has dropped dramatically in the DC region during the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people dying in crashes has not fallen nearly as much and police say the reason involves speed.
Virginia DMV Highway Safety Office Director John Saunders said as of April 24, crashes overall in Virginia had decreased nearly 80 percent since Gov. Northam’s stay-at-home order went into effect in March but the number of fatal and non-fatal speed-related crashes increased compared to 2019.
According to new studies, statewide lockdowns may be helping lower the number of traffic fatalities. Many states, such as Illinois and Michigan, reported the number of fatal crashes dropped 57 percent and 67 percent respectively due to less traffic on the roads.
As Americans remain at home, many roads in cities, suburbs and rural areas are practically deserted. But the absence of traffic is a seductive draw for one type of driver: speeders.
“People are saying, ‘Wow, the roads are wide open. There’s no one here but me,’” said Pam Shadel Fischer, a senior director at the Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents state highway safety offices. “We’re seeing incredibly crazy, off-the-chart speed and aggressiveness.”
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) this week is joining transportation leaders around the country in reminding drivers that safety must always be top of mind when traveling through work zones.
A parent’s most important job is to keep their children safe. Imagine then, hearing your elementary school aged child say to you, “Mom/Dad, I don’t feel safe when you drive me and look at your phone.” For many parents that would be incredibly upsetting.
Movement data pointed to an increase in vehicle activity on Easter Sunday in several U.S. counties. This revelation comes as many states urge residents to avoid nonessential travel to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Netradyne released findings from a recent online survey of commercial drivers that indicates commercial drivers feel safe but acknowledge they could be safer, and that AI-powered driving technology can be both beneficial and concerning. Conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by Netradyne, 350 commercial drivers over the age of 18 were questioned for the survey.
Each fleet has a DNA of sorts, which is comprised of the procedures and regulations that are codified in its corporate fleet policy. It is these policies that determine the type of fleet that is operated and its characteristics.
Even as populations are homebound and cities have been brought to something of a standstill around the globe, there are people and goods that need to move, and especially now they need to do so efficiently as well as safely.
From Los Angeles to New York, London and Berlin, coronavirus lockdowns have drained traffic from normally crowded roads. That has opened space for drivers who want to defy police warnings and automated traffic enforcement systems to go racing in the streets. In London and Los Angeles, police said they have clocked drivers zooming down streets at over 100 miles an hour(160 km/h).
Motorists on a typical weekday log roughly 200,000 trips on North Carolina’s Triangle Expressway in the Raleigh-Durham region, many of them commuters headed to the state’s Research Triangle Park. But on the first Monday in April, just 69,000 tolls were collected.
Almost 231,000 American bridges — more than a third of the nation's bridges — need repair or should be completely replaced, according to analysis of federal data by an infrastructure investment advocacy group.
As more states issue stay-at-home orders, businesses shutter and employees work remotely where possible during the coronavirus pandemic, data shows that the U.S. is seeing an unprecedented reduction in traffic levels.
“I’m 51 and healthy, but I don’t want to get on the subway,” said John Donohue, a Brooklyn-based artist who bought a bike two weeks ago. Donohue, who doesn’t own a car, says he’s not sure when he’ll be comfortable on mass transit again.
State departments of transportation across the country are grappling with a growing safety issue related to the start of National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) on April 20: more frequent incidences of speeding due to reduced traffic volumes resulting from COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.
Something like 42,000 lives could be saved and 150,000 serious injuries prevented by 2030 if all new cars in G20 countries were required to have electronic stability control (ESC), an inexpensive crash avoidance technology, starting this year.
Traffic around the country has plummeted since governments began enacting stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus outbreak, but data from vehicle navigation systems and other monitors shows many of us are still out of our homes and on the road.
As rush hours all but disappeared in major U.S. cities last month, travel speeds on major roadways rose dramatically during Friday evening and morning commutes, according to data from Inrix, a Kirkland, Wash.-based traffic analytics company.
The COVID-19 pandemic has totally disoriented how fleet professionals are managing their operations. Uncertainty about how long the coronavirus will last is making it difficult for fleets to know how to address their future, though there are practices that fleets can implement today that are aimed at helping them and their fleets move forward.
For the past decade, April has marked National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This year, however, many organizations involved in spreading awareness are postponing their campaigns to a later date due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Upgrading the nation’s infrastructure is important to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, including assurance that rural areas receive equal treatment relative to metropolitan areas when funds are distributed.
As truckers help supply the nation with essential products during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Virginia DMV is planning to help support them by making most of Virginia's weigh stations rest areas for the time-being.
Being careful behind the wheel is always paramount, but during the current global public health crisis, road safety experts say it’s more essential than ever. Buckling-up, observing speed limits, putting down the cell phone and not driving while under the influence are among the behaviors that can help save the lives of drivers and their passengers and reduce the impact of Covid-19.
In-cab recording technology is often viewed negatively by drivers because they feel “Big Brother” is watching. What can fleet managers and/or owners do to change drivers’ perspectives and get them on board?
A city’s walkability contributes to improved health outcomes for residents, lower crime rates and increased civic engagement. Governments can use data and artificial intelligence to improve their streets for pedestrians.
Distracted Driving Awareness Month, held each April, has been temporarily suspended due to the current coronavirus pandemic, the nonprofit advocacy group said. However, two new studies released in advance of the previously scheduled observance shed light on how states are regulating and enforcing distracted driving.
Drive Safe Hampton Roads recently recognized 32 local high schools for their participation in the Get It Together Seat Belt Challenge.
Thanks to students’ efforts, seat belt use by teens increased nine points from the Challenge’s starting baseline percentage, making it 89 percent.
Hyundai Mobis said Sunday it has developed a radar-based rear occupant alert system and will introduce it in a number of global carmakers' new vehicles. The rear occupant alert system is aimed at reminding the driver to check the rear seats when exiting the vehicle.
With the efficient movement of freight now a national priority during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has decided to postpone its annual International Roadcheck inspection blitz in 2020.
With the majority of Californians being urged to stay home as much as possible amid the coronavirus outbreak, life is changing rapidly across the state.
Many places are less crowded, including the notoriously clogged freeways. Traffic conditions are so light, in fact, speeding during rush hour is now possible.
To keep the nation’s transportation network functioning in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic, state departments of transportation across the country are engaging in broad array of operational efforts, from expanding overweight truck permits and keeping rest areas open to keeping infrastructure projects on track.
The coronavirus pandemic is leading to reduced highway traffic on American roadways in certain major metropolitan areas as many people begin to telecommute and avoid social interaction.
Congestion is easing in places like New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco, according to traffic figures provided exclusively to USA TODAY by HERE Technologies, a location data and technology company with more than 9,000 employees.
Shortly after issuing a nationwide Hours of Service regulation waiver for truckers hauling Coronavirus relief supplies, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) took a moment to thank the men and women of the trucking industry for coming to the aid of a nation in crisis.
There are three key elements to fleet safety: drivers, vehicles, and policy. Each brings different challenges for fleet managers, primarily in determining what actionable data is needed, where it is, how it can be captured, and what to do with it.
Some drivers are spending more hours on the road delivering emergency supplies because of lifted restrictions, however now, as more counties shut down dine in restaurants they have less places to rest and get food.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today issued an expanded national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Across the United States, the nation's 3.5 million professional truckers are working flat-out to keep stores and businesses stocked as consumers worry about riding out home quarantines prompted by the coronavirus outbreak and try to snap up enough toilet paper, rice, beans, tuna and other staples to get through this period of uncertainty.
So-called Level 2, or partially automated driving technology, such as Tesla's Autopilot and Cadillac's Super Cruise can control acceleration, braking and steering, among other tasks. But the systems available on vehicles today don't replace an attentive driver with eyes on the road.
No matter how technologically advanced a vehicle might be, fleet safety begins with the driver. Beginning with the hiring process and ongoing throughout a driver’s employment, fleet managers have been challenged not only to make certain drivers are safe, but to assess driver performance, and, ultimately, manage risk.
It appears lack of control remains an issue that keeps Americans wary when it comes to safety and self-driving cars. In fact, 72% said they would feel safer riding in a self-diving vehicle if they had the ability to take over control if something were to go awry.
Through the program, troopers use handheld scanners to scan driver’s licenses and vehicle registration forms instead of handwriting information. That means less time spent completing citations, warnings, and collision investigations.
Another perk is that the accuracy of the data improves.
With thousands of motorists passing through Central Garage, going to and from work every day, it is no surprise crashes occur. But, in the past five years, the number of crashes has dropped significantly. While there is no clear reason for the drop, there could be multiple contributing factors.
ile drivers are the final stop in managing risk, evolving vehicle technology has played a big role in risk management as well. The in-vehicle technology that we have now has come a long way, many vehicles now come with semi-autonomous functions as standard features, but it all began with seat belts.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has issued a set of research-based safety recommendations on the design of partially automated driving systems. The guidelines emphasize how to keep drivers focused on the road even as the vehicle does more of the work.
It's no secret that American roads are becoming increasingly dangerous. More so than ever before, it has become a treacherous, dangerous drive each time an American citizen heads onto the roads and freeways.
Vision Zero is a program that aims to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries. It was first implemented in Sweden in the 1990s, and in the past five years, at least 40 communities in the U.S. have joined the program, according to Leah Shahum, executive director of the Vision Zero Network.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is planning a Safety Summit on March 19 for motor carriers, drivers, safety technology developers and users, federal and state partners, and safety advocate groups to share ideas on improving truck safety.
If you really want to make trucks safer, you need to have a better understanding of what happens to the truck when it is in an crash, according to Anna Wrige Berling, traffic and control product safety director, Volvo Trucks. “[Volvo’s] Crash Research Team (ART) provides knowledge from real life. Volvo’s safety requirements are based on what we have learned in the field,” she says.
The time when teenagers get behind the wheel is perhaps the most harrowing of parenthood. My kids are still years away from this, but I’m already hoping self-driving cars will be ubiquitous by then. Until that happens, parents have another option: monitoring their teens’ road smarts—or lack thereof—through apps.
Marie Snodgrass is still getting used to seeing her oldest son behind a steering wheel after he recently started driver’s training. But her most nerve-racking experience as the parent of a teen came two years earlier — the first time her high schooler rode with another teen driver.
The thing about traffic is that while you're in it, it's an immediate annoyance. You have somewhere to be. You just want to get home after a long day at work. You have to pee really badly -- whatever. That immediacy makes it easy to lose track of just how much of an impact on you it actually has in the grand scheme of things.
As Virginia residents prepare to travel the state’s scenic highways following the winter months, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is offering two words of advice to help motorists avoid collisions and potentially fatal crashes with motorcyclists: Look twice.
As vehicle crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists continue to occur with alarming frequency, law enforcement agencies in the Richmond region and other partners are urging travelers to take simple precautions and to avoid distractions, such as mobile phones and headphones.
As manufacturers and technology developers introduce electric-powered trucks and continue to test automated driving systems, the Technology & Maintenance Council is taking steps to help fleets navigate the complexity of these emerging technologies.
When it comes to advanced driver assistance technology (ADAS) like automatic emergency braking or adaptive cruise control, there is both good news and bad news. The good news is nearly 30 percent of all roadway crashes might be eliminated if consumers widely adopted, and properly used, currently available ADAS features. Over 90% of new vehicles available today offer at least one ADAS system.
A former security officer in Chesterfield County who lost both of his legs in a distracted-driving crash nearly six years ago is making his way back into law enforcement.
Brad Hughes is now a proud deputy with the Powhatan County Sheriff’s Office.
The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that Tesla’s Autopilot driver assistance system was one of the probable causes of a fatal 2018 crash into a concrete barrier. In addition, the safety board said the driver was playing a mobile game while using Autopilot before the crash, and investigators also determined he was overly confident in Autopilot’s capabilities.
Every company has a corporate culture and if you drill down the corporate strata, every department likewise has its own culture that embodies the management philosophy of the department manager. Fleet is no exception and the fleet manager plays an important role in determining fleet culture, which influences its policies, attitudes, and interactions with user groups, individual drivers, and management.
There are two statistics about London that suggest that the city is struggling with the modern world. The first is that every year 9,500 Londoners are killed by air pollution. The second is that traffic travelling through central London moves at an average of 7mph, slower than the late Victorians did in a horse and carriage.
Thanks to cooperation and hard work, both houses of the General Assembly have now given their approval to a commonsense and overdue measure to ban holding a cellphone while driving a motor vehicle in Virginia.
The afternoon light was fading, rush-hour drivers were honking, and the pedestrian signal indicated we had just 18 seconds to scramble across five lanes of traffic, but I just … could … not get my toddler’s stroller over the knee-high pile of grimy snow blocking the curb ramp.
Only six out of 156 2020 vehicle models that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has rated so far come equipped with good-rated headlights, indicating a continued need to push automakers to make headlight safety a priority.
Cars are one of the biggest sources of carbon emissions today. If more people use public transportation, these emissions will be reduced drastically. In a partnership with Dominion Energy, Fairfax County is slated to get the first electric, autonomous shuttle bus in Virginia.
Police are handing out seat belt covers that could put parents of some special needs children and young adults at ease. The covers help first responders at the scene of an emergency on the road identify if a person in the vehicle is on the autism spectrum.
Many more vehicles are available with headlights that illuminate an acceptable distance ahead without blinding oncoming drivers in 2020 than in previous years. Yet base models with headlights that earn a good rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety remain rare.
Researchers analyzed motor vehicle accident statistics involving adolescents in Fairfax County, Virginia, for two school years before and after the implementation of later school start times. Results show that the crash rate in 16-to-18-year-old licensed drivers decreased significantly.
The private company that runs Virginia's Express Lanes has launched an app that allows for mobile payment of tolls.
Transurban says its new GoToll app is ideal for people who occasionally use Virginia's toll roads but don't have an E-Z Pass transponder installed in their car.
There are countless distractions on and off the road. Many drivers may not be aware of how dangerous each one can be. That’s why more and more companies are using dash cams to help capture, identify, and address distracted driving.
Over the years I’ve met many fleet professionals who are extremely knowledgeable about fleet safety. Yet, I’m always surprised how many don’t regard themselves to be involved in fleet risk management. Effective driver safety is fleet risk management. And, it’s time for them to be recognized as part of the same mission.
Researchers in Ruckersville, Virginia, a small, rural community north of Charlottesville, are putting pressure on automakers, leading them to improve the safety features that could save you and your family in a high-speed crash.
New research issued by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety on February 18 finds that older male adults who give up driving are facing “lower levels of social support” when it comes to advice, suggestions, and information regarding alternative transportation options.
An autonomous car in Arizona was involved in a fatal crash. Permits for pilot projects in the autonomous vehicle space have been revoked. Automaker executives are sharply revising their forecasts—extending the timeline—for autonomous cars to hit the retail market in significant numbers.
“In 2020 and beyond, we anticipate fleet safety will remain top of mind for every transportation company and in turn, technology innovation to support these safety initiatives will be more important than ever,” said Eleanor Horowitz, safety product marketing manager of Samsara.
Researchers in Ruckersville -- a small, rural community in Green County, north of Charlottesville -- are putting pressure on automakers, leading them to improve the safety features that could save you and your family in a high-speed crash.
To earn the highest safety honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, it's no longer good enough for vehicles to protect people inside the vehicle.
They must also protect people outside the vehicle.
For the first time, IIHS is requiring automakers to offer pedestrian-detecting automatic emergency braking systems to receive the group's 2020 Top Safety Pick+ or Top Safety Pick honors.
The International Association of Fire Chiefs and eight other national fire service organizations are urging drivers to exercise extra caution when approaching emergency vehicles and respect move over laws.
Police say the driver in the crash involving a Virginia State Trooper has been charged. On Sunday, Feb. 16, at 11:53 a.m. a Virginia State Police Trooper was on a traffic stop with a BMW Sedan, eastbound Route 3 at Dahlgren Road on the right-hand portion of the turn lane.
Road safety advocates are hopeful that 2020 will be the year Virginia requires drivers to put down their phones. For the past two years, despite bipartisan support from lawmakers and the governor, similar distracted driving measures came unraveled in the final days of the General Assembly’s session.
With Super Bowl Sunday in full swing, local government and law enforcement agencies are using social media to remind all football fans that any game plan involving drinking should also include a designated driver in the lineup.
We can all agree that walking behind someone who's buried in their phone is annoying.
Now scientists are suggesting it's dangerous, too.
Using your phone as you walk is more likely to cause an accident than taking a call or listening to music, researchers have warned, after analyzing the causes behind hundreds of pedestrian mishaps.
Motor vehicle fatalities in the U.S. dipped slightly from 40,231 in 2017 to 39,404 in 2018, representing a roughly 2% year-over-year decline, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Fleet managers are placing a large amount of focus on several key technological mainstays within their operations. Some of the biggest of these key concepts include Big Data analytics, driver safety, and sustainability.
When asked to make predictions about what we might see in terms of technology-enabled mobility in 2020, I realised that it would be challenging to describe just five trends given how much changed in this area in 2019 and what is likely to happen 2020. There are so many quick-moving parts in the passenger transportation environment that it is challenging to relegate my predictions to only five. So this year, I have expanded my predictions to seven.
Falling asleep at the wheel is a trucker’s worst nightmare. Fatigue comes with the job of driving an eighteen-wheeler, even with rules requiring rest stops and limiting driving hours. Now, new technologies are becoming available to alert drowsy drivers, sometimes even before they feel tired.
A new survey by TheZebra.com, an online insurance site, found that 28% of Americans don’t wear their seat belt while in the back seat of a ride-share vehicle. Comparatively, just 10% of Americans said they don’t wear their seat belt while in their own car.
The motivation for this was two-pronged. The district wanted to make better use of its building during off-hours. And the school board wanted to find out how a mobile, digital 21st-century workflow could supplant an agrarian-based 19th-century school day.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he wants a “strict” new ban on holding cellphones while driving, saying tough new laws are needed to cut down on fatal accidents. “Anytime people pick these up and it puts them at risk, it puts other people at risk,” Northam said.
Increasingly, drivers are posting on social media, scrolling through Spotify playlists, live streaming video, and binge-watching television shows. These activities put motorists, their passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists in real danger.
Although cycling deaths have increased, NYPD issued 34,593 moving violations summonses drivers of trucks and other large commercial vehicles, approximately 500 few tickets than cyclists, said NYPD Chief of Transportation William Morris during a Council hearing.
According to the latest AAMI Crash Index (produced annually), over a quarter of all road incidents in Australia occur in the afternoon, around school pick-up time. The new data is in line with recent research that found parents are some of the most dangerous drivers on Australian roads, with more than half admitting to speeding or driving distracted with their kids in the car.
On January 29, Hidalgo revealed that the space required to make Paris cyclist-friendly would mostly come at the expense of motoring. Under her plans Paris will remove 72% of its on-street car parking spaces.
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons says about 1.7 million cases of Traumatic Brain Injury occur every year in the United States, and that “between 50-70 percent … are the result of a motor-vehicle crash.”
Richmond police said that Lawrence C. Smith, a 65-year-old from Chattanooga, Tenn., has been charged with felony hit-and-run, expired registration and failure to yield the right of way. Smith is accused of crashing his car into another vehicle on Jan. 17. in the 2300 block of Chamberlayne Avenue.
Rees was randomly picked by the NFL and the coalition TEAM, which stands for Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management. They encourage responsible drinking and positive fan behavior at sporting events. Rees excels in both.
Parsons, 31, was involved in a car crash Jan. 15 and was initially reported to have suffered a concussion and whiplash. Per his attorney’s remarks Monday, his injuries include a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation and a torn labrum that could “potentially” end Parsons’ career.
Video from the Iowa State Patrol shows a very close call just east of the metro area in Atlantic, Iowa. A pickup truck slid off Interstate 80 right into a delivery truck that was stuck in the snow on the side of the road.
A typical Ikea store comes with a sprawling parking lot—in Burbank, California, for example, the lot has room for 1,700 cars. But as the company works to shrink its carbon footprint, including the pollution from customers driving to suburban stores, it’s also rethinking parking. A new seven-store building that will house an Ikea store in central Vienna, now under construction, will have zero parking spaces.
The electric car industry is on the upswing. Led by Tesla, it continues to attract environmentally conscious drivers with battery-powered, high-performance vehicles. As the push to abandon gas continues, more traditional carmakers are hopping on the electric trend so they aren’t left behind in the years to come.
Court documents state the Audi was the subject of a previous reckless driving call in Bastrop County, after a driver told police the vehicle was in the median of 71 near SH 21 and rapidly cut him off after entering the lane. That call came in at 9:18 a.m. and by DPS estimates, Diaz would have needed to be traveling at least 100 to 120 MPH to cover that distance by the time the crash call came in at 9:36 a.m.
The three-time NBA champ delighted a few dozen unsuspecting youngsters gathered at the Y, when he showed up to announce that he and ride-share company Lyft would be giving out free Citi Bike memberships to local youths in the spring... He also stressed the importance of building bike lanes to keep people safe while riding.
“Cars are deadly weapons — they can do real damage to real people,” Travis said. “I tell my rookies that if someone walks into the road shooting, would you arrest them? They say ‘yes.’ There’s no difference between that and getting behind the wheel (impaired).
Deputies say around midnight 21-year-old Kimberly Cook and her boyfriend, 29-year-old Anthony Blue left their 16-month old asleep in a running, unlocked car in the parking lot. When they came back out, the car and the baby inside were gone.
She suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash, and in a post on her Facebook page said she had her seat belt to thank for it not being worse. "Rolling my vehicle was more than terrifying, and it keeps replaying in my head over and over. Wear your seat belts," she wrote.
On Monday, a Henrico County Grand Jury formally indicted Taylor on one count of 2nd degree murder and felony eluding police. The charges come after a second suspect, Antoine Deangelo Thomas, 36, was ejected from the SUV following a nearly 20 mile chase that started in Chesterfield and ended in Henrico.
Georgia Department of Transportation is willing to do anything to make sure you pay attention to the rules of the road. But making you laugh might be the smartest way. That's because the winners of a social media contest will see their urgent safety messages displayed across the digital interstate signs across Georgia.
Give a listen to this important interview with crash victim Brad Hughes, DRIVE SMART and Delegate Jeff Bourne. A bill currently before the General Assembly would make any hand-held cellphone use behind the wheel illegal.
For many neighborhoods, signal lights and stop signs are considered the tools of choice for controlling unruly traffic situations. If you force drivers to stop and look, the thinking goes, you’ll make the streets safer for everyone.
A driver of a Mitsubishi Lancer fled on foot after striking and killing a bicyclist on Route 7 near Winchester early Saturday morning, according to the Virginia State Police. Speed and alcohol are both being considered as factors in the fatal hit-and-run crash, the police said.
Muhammad R. Malik of Chantilly had been fighting for his life for the last two weeks after he, his wife and two grandchildren were hit from behind on John Mosby Highway (Route 50) and South Riding Road while waiting at a stoplight in their car.
According to law enforcement sources, first responders located a pedestrian safety flyer in one of Guillen's pockets. Those same sources indicated an officer had handed Guillen the flyer approximately 40 minutes before he was hit and killed.
Teenagers don’t need another lecture. Reams of research and all the driver’s education in the world wouldn’t necessarily convince them to check their tires. But they do respond when you speak and connect in their language around their biggest interests. The Michelin/Vans partnership would be the proxy for talking about the importance of tread, pressure and performance – not just for your ‘kicks’, but for your car tires, too.
A first-time mother and elementary school teacher from Laurel, Mississippi, lost her unborn baby when a serial drunk driver hit her car on Saturday about 15 minutes after she left her baby shower, her father, Maurice Pruitt Sr., told the Sun Herald.
Eight Americans are killed every day in a car crash involving a distracted driver, and more than 1,000 are injured daily in such accidents, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Six percent of drivers in fatal crashes were distracted at the time, the NHTSA says, yet most states are coming up short when it comes to cracking down a major cause of distracted driving.
Nationwide, more than 1,620 schoolchildren in 38 states have been placed in harm’s way since 2015 by bus drivers arrested or cited for allegedly driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs – a situation that despite its dangers goes largely untracked by government officials, a Stateline investigation found.
I knew something was amiss when I saw Tony, a sixth grader in my neighborhood, standing on the sidewalk one morning, flagging me down as I was riding my bike to work. He explained he started going to a new school across the County, H-B Woodlawn in Rosslyn, but today he overslept, missed his bus, and his cell phone was also malfunctioning, so he couldn’t reach his mom.
Before they’re even old enough to drive a car, a team of kids competing in FIRST LEGO League robotics are already thinking about ways to prevent distracted driving and the dangers that can come from using a smartphone behind the wheel.
Crews finished paving the entire south island of the nearly $4 billion Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel last month, a Transportation Department spokeswoman told The Virginian-Pilot, and in doing so did away with a large bird colony's nesting area while those birds were migrating south for the winter.
According to a press release from the Park Ridge Police Department, 74 tickets for seat belt violations were written between Dec. 16 and Jan. 2 during a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Car dooring or more commonly referred to as “dooring” happens when a car driver or passenger opens a vehicle’s door while failing to check for cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, or other vehicles. These unfortunate incidents commonly happen in urban areas where vehicles are parked along the side of the road and may lead to serious injuries or even fatalities.
“The goal of public transit is to support mobility and independence for people. Danville Transit is like a balloon. Our service has to change with the trends going on around us. Diversification and flexibility are the backbone of a healthy transit system.”
During this time of the year, the Naval Safety Center (NAVSAFECEN) reminds travelers to practice deliberate consideration of safety in winter conditions and practice overall risk management when operating a motor vehicle.
A ban on holding your cellphone behind the wheel, changes in fines for reckless driving on the interstate, and changes to taxes and fees are among the transportation changes under consideration in Virginia’s General Assembly session that begins Wednesday.
While Americans may dream of a white Christmas, living with snow the rest of the season is driving a nightmare salt habit. Each year, Americans spread more than 48 billion pounds of salt on roadways to ward off the effects of winter weather. But it comes at a cost...
Some studies have shown that cannabis consumption can affect response times and motor performance; however, research remains limited and there isn't conclusive evidence of how cannabis affects people and how to classify impairment.
Imagine a city the size of Washington D.C. going an entire year without any pedestrians or cyclists being killed on its streets. That’s exactly what happened in Oslo, where officials reported this week that zero pedestrian or cyclist fatalities occurred on the city’s roads in 2019.
The data shows there were 563 motor vehicle fatalities in 2018, of which 146 were due to driver inattention. Meanwhile, driving while intoxicated accounted for 143 car deaths and unsafe speed resulted in 53 deaths that same year. This is the eighth year in a row that distracted driving has been the leading cause of deadly crashes in New Jersey.
"The data shows we are still not doing enough to protect our workers. Workplace fatalities should never be considered a cost of doing business," according to a statement from the National Safety Council.
The National Safety Council provided its annual estimate, writing in a statement that 115 people will die in transportation accidents during Christmas travel and a possible 163 Americans over New Year's...The organization credited seat belts for the lower injury and fatality count, stating that estimates would be "significantly higher" were it not for the motor vehicle safety feature.
Allen & Allen is partnering with Lyft to offer safe rides for those who plan to celebrate the new year. For the eighth year the law firm is implementing their Sober Ride Home Program. On New Year’s Eve, Allen & Allen will cover up to a $50 fare on a ride home within 20 miles of Richmond.
A television news crew in Texas captured video of a tractor-trailer crash on a highway while at the scene of a pileup. KCBD was on U.S. 84 in Lubbock County when the tractor-trailer appears from the fog in the video.
Known as the Green Light Law, the measure makes New York one of 13 states to allow unauthorized immigrants to obtain a driver’s license... Supporters of the law said it will make the roads safer by requiring undocumented people to pass driving tests and get car insurance.
Alyssa Shepherd will also serve three years in home detention and three years probation. Her driver’s license was also suspended for 10 years. Shepherd was driving her pickup truck on the morning of Oct. 23, 2018, when she struck four children as they attempted to board their school bus on a rural road near Rochester, Indiana.
Turn signals are on every motor vehicle for just that purpose, to let the other drivers on the road with you that you are intending to turn your vehicle. It's a common courtesy that is appreciated by your fellow drivers.
A Minnesota woman is saying she's glad to be alive Wednesday. She was on her way back home to Red Wing, Minnesota, when ice flew off another vehicle and smashed her windshield. The woman is okay, but now she wants others to learn from her incident.
Drivers in California will now be able to see each would-be passenger’s destination upfront—before the ride is accepted. As a result, California cities could now have a new ride-hailing worry to add to their growing list: discrimination based on a rider’s destination.
The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation announced Monday that two new intercity bus routes will be launched in 2020 to serve those in Southside. The Piedmont Express, connecting Danville and Washington, D.C., and the Capital Connector, connecting Martinsville and Richmond, are expected to start in spring 2020.
An advert for the new car’s hands-free technology has been banned for encouraging unsafe driving. The advertising regulator condemned the ad as “irresponsible” and accused it of promoting features that could cause drivers to become distracted.
The study found that drivers can become too reliant and comfortable with the technology, leading them to multi-task and engage in distracted driving. Drivers that installed technological assistance systems in their cars were almost twice as likely to take their eyes off the road, according to a release from AAA.
“The vast, overwhelming majority of people who die on our streets are killed by drivers of cars,” noted Ross Catrow, executive director of RVA Rapid Transit, an advocacy group for regional public transportation. “And the further sad truth is that these deaths and serious injuries often go unnoticed, underreported, and, even worse, usually nothing is done to build better streets and make them safer for people,” Catrow wrote on Streets Cred, his website about urban issues affecting mid-sized American cities.
"She stepped on the breaks really hard and a few kids went flying and hit their heads on the seats," Troy explained... when she missed a turn and sped onto the highway, Troy said he knew something wasn't right.
The ordinance will go into effect six months after passage to allow for an education period, ensuring drivers are aware of the change in traffic law. The language allows for exceptions for public safety personnel and drivers experiencing emergencies.
Toxicology reports provided by the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator show that Harris had a blood-alcohol content of .28 at the time of the crash – more than three times the legal limit. An autopsy of the young teen who was killed showed she had no alcohol in her system.
Witnesses said the driver of the truck — who has been identified as Jaime E. Sabogal, of Yonkers — initially started to drive away as if he didn’t know what happened. People had to flag him down and stop him.
Although it is important to follow safe driving habits all year long, the holiday season often requires extra precautions in order to stay safe. Whether you are heading across town or across the state for your holiday travels, the following tips can help minimize your risks of being injured in a vehicle crash...
We’ve got to make an investment in our city to make sure people can safely walk and bike our streets.You could put anything before me that deals with safer streets and I’ll vote for it. I hope that advocates of every age, color, and economic status will come out and fight for this Streets for All package,” said Jones in an interview.
We may be entering the year 2020, as automakers talk about a future focused on autonomy and electrification, but in terms of the car technology we have in 2019, one is still missing: the headlights. But the IIHS wants to change that, and will try to do so by awarding its safety awards to quality headlights.
Police say 20-year-old Andrew Gurley, of Charles City, was driving a 2018 Western Star dump truck eastbound Route 60 with the bed of the truck raised. The truck proceeded in the right lane across the Chickahominy River Bridge overturning on the passenger side with the truck leaning over the jersey wall.
The “Steer Into The New Year-Buckle Up and Drive Safely” holiday campaign kicks off this week at schools across the Commonwealth with a goal to keep teen drivers and passengers safe during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
Monday night, Richmond City Council could vote on an amendment that would crack down on distracted driving... The legislation would include an incredibly important distinction; drivers would not just be pulled over for holding a cellphone while driving, they would need to be driving poorly with a cellphone in their hand. That means swerving, running a stop sign, etc., all with a cellphone.
That’s more than double the number of scooters and e-bikes currently permitted in D.C., and in addition to the city’s large Capital Bikeshare program... DDOT is in the process of installing 100 off-sidewalk parking corrals for dockless scooters and bikes in all eight wards in D.C. to address sidewalk and neighborhood clutter complaints, and all operators have agreed to data collection to monitor compliance and plan for the future.
Hampton Road Connector Partners, the design-build consortium constructing the $3.9 billion Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel expansion project as part of a public-private partnership with the Virginia DOT, is actively encouraging small, disadvantaged and minority businesses to participate. HRCP's goals for the project are 12% DBE (disadvantaged business enterprise) contractors and 20% SWaM (small, women-and minority-owned) contractors.
A bill proposed for the 2020 General Assembly session would require all people in a private car wear seat belts. Currently, Virginia law only requires front seat passengers to buckle up. HB16 is one of a number of road safety bills being brought back up by lawmakers in 2020. Another piece of legislation includes banning drivers from using cellphones behind the wheel. The first day of the 2020 General Assembly session in January 8.
The month of October, which kicked off fiscal year 2020, saw eight Marines die in off-duty accidents ― a massive spike compared to fiscal year 2019, which had a total of 27 Marine vehicle-related deaths in the entire year, according to safety center statistics.
A California woman has been charged with DUI and involuntary manslaughter in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 64 in Henrico County on Wednesday that left one passenger dead and another passenger critically injured.
State police tell reporters that a man driving in the wrong direction on Interstate 495 early Thursday crashed into another car near Annandale, scattering the road with debris and causing three other cars to crash.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed the long-awaited bill Monday that would make it illegal to hold a cellphone while driving in the Bay State. Lawmakers passed the bill in a 38-1 vote in the Senate and 153-1 vote in the House
Lawmakers in Elizabeth, N.J. voted on Tuesday to remove all of the Lime rentable scooters from city streets — rather than providing riders even a modicum of safety in the bike-lane-free burg — after a teenager was killed by a tow truck driver.
Have you ever heard of a diverging diamond interchange? Ready or not, one is about to debut in Northern Virginia. It’s part of a $195 million project aimed at reducing congestion in Stafford County’s Courthouse Road area. The interchange will open December 7 over Interstate 95 at Exit 140.
The City of Fredericksburg is launching a pedestrian safety campaign this week to ensure everyone has a safe and festive holiday week. Fredericksburg police officers will be downtown looking for drivers stopping at designated crosswalks and pedestrians crossing at intersections and randomly presenting them with a Downtown Gift card for following Virginia Law.
The experience of going at least 24 hours without sleep, otherwise known as total sleep deprivation, obviously does not make you feel good the next day. The physical and mental repercussions are notable.
“The names of these features are all over the map, and many of them don’t accurately describe what the feature will do or what drivers should expect,” said Kelly Funkhouser, CR’s head of connected and automated vehicles. “There’s a different name on the website, in the owner’s manual, and then in the menu in the car.”
Rather than slap the cuffs on Uber’s robot car, investigators instead highlighted the many human errors that culminated in the death of 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg. And they sounded a warning: it could happen again.
There were zero unhelmeted motorcyclist fatalities last year, one in 2017, four in 2016 and three in 2015.
“A helmet is the most important safety equipment a motorcyclist wears,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. “Before you even think about getting on your bike, make sure you have on the proper gear, including an approved helmet.”
A grassroots movement is underway to make Richmond safer for pedestrians and people who bike around the city. Advocates say the number of crashes and fatalities continues to climb. That’s why they’re trying to get the attention of city leaders.
"Well, there aren't too many other places that you drive in our district where, you know, visibility can change in a matter of seconds, or as you're going up a steep grade, the temperature can drop," Slack said.
Those doing the research estimate the project pays for itself in five years because it’s only fencing, not building a crossing structure. Over the lifetime of the fencing, researches expect about $1 million in property damage savings.
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante plans to install pedestrian lights and countdown timers at every set of traffic lights in the city as part of a "paradigm change" that will put pedestrian safety ahead of traffic flow
Twenty-six new parking enforcement officers will comb the District’s bike lanes for illegally parked vehicles to ticket, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Tuesday. The officers, who work for the Department of Public Works, will begin immediately.
Instead, the IIHS suggests encouraging more automated enforcement, that is things like speed cameras, as well as automaker-installed technology like speed limit alerts and automatic slowing of the vehicle when speeding, in order to ensure compliance.
Specifically, if the city metered each of its 3 million free parking spots and collected an average of $6 per spot per day, it could replace the approximately $6.5 billion per year in revenue lost from ending all fare collection.
Two teens seriously injured after their grandmother's minivan was rammed from behind over the weekend said Wednesday that they hope their story gives drivers pause before they get behind the wheel after drinking... the Sunday night crash killed her boyfriend, 15-year-old Ethan Handly, and her grandmother, 65-year-old Marjory Wagner Regan.
Commercial vehicle inspectors placed more than 4,600 trucks out of service for critical brake-related violations during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week, which was held Sept. 15-21.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Tuesday issued its analysis of why increasing numbers of bicyclists are dying on U.S. roads... The concrete recommendations in the report seem almost sure to get lost in a brouhaha over helmets.
"She said what happened was, the dog jumped into her lap, distracted her as she was trying to get him back into the seat, and she crossed the center line and hit that other vehicle," said Derrick Jackson, of the Sheriff's Office told MLive on Thursday.
Some students at the event already had their learner’s permits, but some didn’t, and they said learning by doing can help them when the time comes to take their driver’s tests. “They’re going to remember more than just sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher,” Magna Vista sophomore Jeffrey Medley said.
The advocacy group Bike Durham carried out a bit of guerrilla “tactical urbanism,” placing over 50 carved jack-o’-lanterns in the buffer zone of a painted bike lane on Broad Street, one of the city’s main north-south corridors. The action was a rebuke to city government for failing to install a protected bike lane when they resurfaced Broad street last summer, as detailed by Streetsblog.
Six months ago, George's Inc., which has a poultry plant in Harrisonburg, leased five vans for workers to form car pools... A George's staff survey led to the conversation about transportation, he said.
Joe Newman, Kitty Hancock, and Peter Sforza lead work in the Center for Geospatial Information Technology at Virginia Tech to analyze the locations of vehicle crashes throughout Virginia... This data isn’t just for Virginia Tech. It’s for all of Virginia, and it has a purpose — to make the state’s roadways safer.
Strava is a fitness app used by more than 47 million runners and bikers, who use to it to track their routes, mileage, or even commutes to work. What those runners and bikers may not realize is that by using the app, they’re arming city planners and researchers with the data they need to help cities improve the bike lanes and sidewalks they depend on for safety.
New research from the University of Virginia finds children who are raised in walkable cities are more likely to climb the economic ladder, earning more than their parents did at similar points in their lives.
Chesterfield County woman who fatally struck three people who were standing near a disabled car along Route 288 in Goochland County pleaded guilty to reckless driving on Tuesday and received a one-year jail sentence.... Authorities said Carr had been engaged in text conversations with three people as she was driving south on Route 288 within a 20-minute period leading up to the crash. She sent her final text, an emoji of a woman holding her palm against her face, either three seconds or four seconds before the collision.
The driver accused of killing seven United States Marines in a deadly crash was indicted on 23 charges Monday, including manslaughter and negligent homicide. 23-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy now faces charges of seven counts of manslaughter, seven counts of negligent homicide – DUI, seven counts of negligent homicide, one count of aggravated driving while intoxicated and one count of reckless conduct.
The bill establishes four new offenses, including the class A misdemeanor “death by vehicle” and the class B misdemeanor “serious physical injury by vehicle.” Under the proposal, drivers could be charged with those crimes if they fail to exercise due care or commit a traffic infraction — including speeding or using a cell phone — and another person is killed or injured as a result, according to the DA’s office.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the pedestrian crash prevention systems of 16 midsize cars in the lead-up to Halloween, a holiday that consistently ranks among the deadliest days for pedestrians in the United States.
Nothing is forever, not even highways... By late October, as foliage thins and shadows stretch across the wayside, the faint outlines of abandoned roads and bridges lost to time and overgrowth reappear. These dilapidated D.C.-area roadways have withstood decades of harsh weather, graffiti and neglect.
Every year, over 30,000 people are killed in road crashes in the United States. Use this map to see the highway with highest rates of fatal crashes in your state and explore each highway in more detail in the interactive grid.
Hundreds of people turned out to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) third annual “Incident Management Open House” in Fairfax on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, despite the threat of rain. The event is popular with families, who bring their children along to see a variety of vehicles and machinery operated by police and firefighters as well as public safety and incident response crews.
Last November saw the highest number of pedestrians hit in the D.C. area (292) out of any other month, per data shared by MWCOG. In Arlington, the month with the highest number of pedestrian collisions (15) was October. As part of the Street Smart program, area police departments are planning to step up ticketing drivers who fail to stop for people in crosswalks, among other citations aimed at protecting pedestrians and cyclists.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the S.C. Department of Transportation on Tuesday spoke favorably of state legislation that would make it illegal for drivers to hold a phone, call, text or watch a video, among other things. If enacted, the South Carolina Hands-Free Act, Senate Bill 723, would help save lives and reduce injuries, NTSB safety advocate Stephanie Shaw and SCDOT Secretary Christie Hall testified Tuesday.
Some neighbors in Southwest Columbus are using their front yards to create a one-of-a-kind Halloween display. The message of the display is about the dangers of distracted driving. "We already have them coming out for candy, so why not send them a message?" said Natasha Ford-Marshall, who set up the display.
The sentencing hearing came a day after Toney pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide and heard emotional testimony from the relatives of those killed and from some of the injured. New Orleans news organizations at Tuesday's sentencing hearing reported that Toney apologized, but a prosecutor questioned his sincerity.
In 2011, Crystal Conover’s son was hit by a car on while trick-or-treating down a dark road in Uintah, Utah. “I created the ‘Help Jayden light the way’ motto and started passing out glowsticks,” Conover said. “That’s when it hit us — let’s make a negative into a positive.”
When the clocks fall back this weekend, it will get darker earlier, and drivers and pedestrians are urged to use extra caution. The Virginia Governor's Executive Leadership Team on Highway Safety says the time change often results in an increase in the number of pedestrians who are hit by vehicles.
Three 16-year-old boys died following a car crash Saturday night in the Tabb area of York County, according to Virginia State Police. All three were students at Tabb High School, a York County School Division spokeswoman said Sunday.
We wanted honest answers straight from the source, so we surveyed dozens of teens about their strengths and weaknesses on the road, what makes them anxious behind the wheel, and what parents could do to help make them better drivers. Here is what we found.
The video shows Damico crossing through two lanes of stopped traffic when suddenly in the bus-only lane she is stuck by the Pulse and knocked off her feet. Damico says she never saw it coming until it was too late.
In June of this year, the county said crashes between vehicles and pedestrians and cyclists have been increasing and previously had launched an awareness campaign called “Watch Your Step” to promote safer streets and tips for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.
The owner of the stretch limousine that crashed and killed 20 in Schoharie last year failed to maintain the vehicle over the years, leading to the "catastrophic brake failure" that caused the deadly wreck, according to a report by a state-hired expert.
Circuit Judge Christopher Sabella on Tuesday sentenced Perera, 31, to 50 years in state prison for driving drunk and causing a crash on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway that killed Luiz and Rita Felipak of Tampa and their 8-year-old daughter, Giorgia.
Rats have mastered the art of driving a tiny car, suggesting that their brains are more flexible than we thought. The finding could be used to understand how learning new skills relieves stress and how neurological and psychiatric conditions affect mental capabilities.
Christiansburg is not the first place where Wing has run a trial run. Wing has conducted trial runs in Australia and Finland. Now, Wing regularly delivers and continues to expand in these countries. Residents of Christiansburg can look to these overseas cities as a layout of what their drone future might look like for them.
The tire manufacturer is giving away $100,000 toward college tuition in its "Penny for a Free Ride" contest. One lucky young driver will win for inspecting their tires -- either gauging tire pressure or performing the "penny tread test" to check tread depth.
The trooper was inside his vehicle, positioned on the right shoulder with emergency lights activated, to fill out paperwork when a 2009 Cadillac ran off the roadway and struck the trooper’s vehicle and the Land Rover.
Low visibility creates hazardous driving conditions for morning commuters. If possible, avoid driving until conditions improve. If you have to hit the road this morning, here are some tips for dealing with the fog.
Tom Udall, a Democrat from Utah, and Rick Scott, a Republican from Florida, say they plan to introduce bipartisan legislation that would mandate every new car sold to feature technology that keeps drunks from even starting a car.
A Virginia Commonwealth University freshman continues to recover after she was struck by a hit-and-run driver near campus on Friday. Richmond Police responded to a hit-and-run in the alleyway behind 7-Eleven between Cary and South Pine Streets just after 11 p.m. Friday.
The four-month electric scooter pilot in Chicago, both celebrated and reviled by residents, comes to an end Tuesday. As of last week, people had taken 772,450 rides on electric scooters, according to the city’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. That’s about 7,000 trips a day.
A road known for having some of the worst traffic in Northern Virginia could soon see some relief. It’s because of what’s called an intelligent transportation system — that’s now on its way to Route 50 in Loudoun County.
What would it take for you to stop driving distracted? A slap on the wrist, a police fine, a firm telling off by a friend or family member? Alarmingly, for many Canadian drivers, the answer is none of the above.
Commercial drivers of light- to heavy-duty vehicles are involved in just 3% of severe crashes, even though 83% of American drivers say they are safer behind the wheel, according to new data from Verizon Connect.
I am a pediatric trauma surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital. Too often, I have taken care of children who are injured by distracted drivers and witnessed the effect it can have on their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
More than 80 local police agencies, as well as the Virginia State Police, will be on heightened alert over the upcoming Columbus Day weekend when, due to the closure of many schools and businesses on Monday, families tend to travel. Law enforcement agencies in neighboring states are increasing patrols as well.