Given the pervasive danger of texting while driving, Honda is flipping the script by encouraging teens to be role models and have #TheTextTalk with their parents throughout the month of April and beyond.
A new national study found that more than half of motorists think distracted driving is the biggest threat on the road, while nearly more than 90 percent admitted to talking on their cell phone while driving. And Gen Xers are the biggest offenders, according to a survey conducted by The Harris Poll and Volvo.
Like every other organ and cell in the body, the brain needs sleep to thrive. We've all experienced the brain fog that follows a night of poor slumber – hopefully for most, brain fog was the worst of it. Neuroscientists are intensely studying how chronic sleep loss impacts brain function. You won't want to lose any more sleep after reading this.
As part of National Work Zone Awareness Week, Share the Road professional truck drivers – elite drivers with millions of accident-free miles – are providing safe-driving tips to keep both motorists and workers safe during the spring construction season.
Police were called to I-95 northbound, north of Parham Road, around 5:22 p.m. on Saturday. The wrecker driver was assisting a disabled RV on the right shoulder of the road when he was struck by a vehicle, police said. The vehicle that hit him did not stop, and may have continued northbound on I-95 or taken the Interstate 295 exit.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam will try again next year to prohibit drivers from holding cellphones, after a last-ditch effort was ruled out of order in last week’s reconvened session of the Virginia General Assembly.
Rising speed limits in the U.S. are to blame a spike in highway fatalities, the IIHS said Thursday. The IIHS published new findings that showed an estimated 37,000 more drivers died due to increases in speed limits compared to if the limits hadn't been raised at all. On average, around 10,000 people die per year in speeding-related crashes.
What’s more dangerous on the road than a drunk driver? A driver who’s on the phone. And that’s official: a recent U.S. study shows that distracted driving has now overtaken driving under the influence as America’s top roadway threat.
“Distracted driving isn’t just the phone. It is eating. It’s putting on makeup. It’s eating a bowl of cereal. It’s reading the newspaper. We hear the craziest stories, and we see the craziest things,” Kamilakis said.
A driver who allegedly ran over a teenage girl in Brooklyn last month — and who was then caught on camera inspecting the injured victim, before getting back in her car and fleeing — has been arrested by police.
During National Work Zone Awareness Week, State DOTs and construction companies work hard to raise the awareness of safety in work zones. The traveling public needs to understand their role in making sure these workers get home safe every night.
Things that you do in the car that seem second nature, like tuning in a radio station or looking out at the scenery while your driving, can put you and your family at risk. "Distracted driving is any thing that takes your attention away from the road," said Virginia Beach Police Master Police Officer Linda Kuehn.
Illinois State Police continue mourning the loss of two state troopers killed in two days. There have been three killed on the road this year and 16 have been hit. All incidents have happened for different reasons, but police said many share a common theme, drivers were distracted.
It looks to be a very busy tourist season on Hilton Head Island. The recent tragic death of a visiting bicyclist highlights the vulnerability of cyclists and pedestrians. Pedestrians struck by a motor vehicle traveling 40 mph have a less that 10 percent chance of survival.
James Monroe High School students recently experienced the dangers of distracted driving through the use of a simulator. Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety partners with Virginia State Police to bring the Distracted and Impaired Driving Simulator to schools and youth groups.
The streak of violence began when a driver struck a person outside a Gaithersburg, Md., mosque on March 22 and fled the area, police said. Two days later, someone smashed a brick into a car outside a Germantown mosque, before leaving the scene. Later that day, police say a driver intentionally rammed a Manassas, Va., grandmother as she stood on the street outside her home, before speeding off. Shamsa Begum, 66, died at the hospital the next day.
Authorities say a wrong-way crash on an interstate in western Pennsylvania killed one woman and injured another. The Washington County coroner’s office says the crash happened shortly before 4 a.m. Saturday on I-79 South near Exit 45 in Canonsburg.
Police have arrested a 20-year-old woman in relation to the double fatal crash on Sunday March, 24 on U.S. 41 at West Villages Parkway. After an in-depth investigation, police say there is evidence that that shows that Samantha A. King of North Port was impaired at the time of crash, which happened shortly after the Atlanta Braves baseball game ended.
Gov. Ralph Northam said Tuesday morning that he is amending Senate Bill 1768, expanding the legislation to make it illegal to use handheld devices while driving.
“The time has come for the Commonwealth to implement an effective and fair law to combat distracted driving,” said Northam. “Too many families have lost loved ones as a result of a driver paying more attention to their phone than to their surroundings. This bill, as amended, will be a significant step forward in promoting traffic safety across the Commonwealth.”
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s effort to ban motorists from holding cellphones while driving appears doomed.
House Speaker Kirk Cox spokesman Parker Slaybaugh said the speaker believes an amendment Northam is proposing is out of order.
Such a ruling by the speaker would effectively kill Northam’s proposed amendment. Northam wants to change legislation that would bar drivers from holding a cellphone while driving in a highway work zone to apply to all roads throughout the state.
On Wednesday, March 27, Dinwiddie High School students will experience the dangers of distracted and impaired driving through an interactive program from traffic safety nonprofits DRIVE SMART Virginia and Youth Of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO). Dinwiddie High School is hosting this driver safety event in the wake of two fatal crashes involving students earlier this year.
A top Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration official updated truckers on the agency’s efforts to mitigate parking problems and the obligations for drivers as the agency moves toward implementation of the drug and alcohol clearinghouse rule.
Cambridge and Somerville are investing in traffic analytics technology to assess how and why pedestrians and cyclists are under increasing risk of an accident on their streets and what can be done to improve safety.
The City of Charlotte has paid $950,000 to the family of a man who was struck by a speeding police car and died in 2017. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Phillip Barker was reportedly driving up to 100 mph in a 35-mph zone, according to the Charlotte Observer.
The Travelers surveyed more than 2,000 people to assess just how out of it we are when it comes to getting behind the wheel with a cell phone in hand.
The results paint a grim picture, according to the Hartford insurer.
About 2,724 teens between the ages of 13-19 in the USA died in auto crashes in 2017, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. While this is 69 percent fewer than died in 1975 and 4 percent lower than in 2016, it’s still 2,724 too many.
This contest lets children in kindergarten through sixth grade (ages 5-12) use their creativity and talent to help raise awareness of how to stay safe on the roads. tHE contest closes June 7, 2019. Spread the word to friends, family and teachers! New this year: Now accepting entries via e-mail, in addition to regular mail!
Police are searching for an ATV driver who was caught on video dragging a Nashville officer down a busy road last week. Metro Nashville Police Department officer John Bourque was injured during an illegal bikers' demonstration on Saturday when an ATV driver ran him over and kept driving as the officer held on to the vehicle, officials said.
As investigators work to determine what caused a charter bus crash on I-95 that killed two people and sent 54 others to the hospital, people familiar with that stretch of interstate wonder if a group of signs may have contributed to the crash.
The tracks on the NASCAR Cup Series’ 36-race schedule deliver a wide variety of prizes to the winners, from live lobsters to gladiator swords. But Martinsville’s grandfather clock is among the most coveted trophies — and a complementary fit for the only track remaining from the series’ inaugural schedule in 1949.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is getting started on a study that will identify a preferred route, a cost estimate and a list of projects that would have to be funded to complete the 40-mile trail.
Virginia State Police said they are helping dozens of motorists who 'unexpectedly' got caught in a winter storm. The storm rapidly dumped several inches of snow and ice across the Rockingham County and Greene County area.
Volvo Cars will introduce in-car cameras on all its models starting early 2020, marking the latest endeavour towards its goal to put an end to deaths in its cars. This new step is aimed at contending with the challenge of drink driving and distraction.
When it comes to vehicle safety most people automatically assume that bigger is better, yet this is not always the case as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has discovered... This year, the IIHS rated a total of 11 crew cab pickup trucks in the passenger-side test: four small and seven large.
I know that getting your driver’s permit is an exciting time! You’ve waited a long time for this, but before you start the engine and put your hands at 10 and 2, I need to tell you my rules for learning to drive:
The World Health Organization estimates 100 million individuals across the globe suffer from sleep apnea. In fact, an American Sleep Apnea Association report states that sleep apnea affects 1 in 4 men and 1 in 9 women across the United States.
According to experts, remaining awake for periods in excess of 18 hours can even impair abilities to a degree that is comparable to exceeding the drink drive limit in many countries. A Ford-commissioned “Sleep Suit” now enables wearers to experience in a safe environment the debilitating effects that tiredness can have.
Brake is running a free webinar providing expert information and advice for employers and fleet and road safety professionals as part of their new webinar series ‘The Essentials of Fleet Safety’. The webinar will be delivered as part of Global Fleet Champions, a not-for-profit global campaign to prevent crashes and reduce pollution caused by vehicles used for work purposes.
Local groups are encouraging Rappahannock students to include “traffic safety” on their Prom Prep To Do lists. With prom at the end of the coming week, Rappahannock County High School is hosting a special, interactive experience for all students on Monday, March 18.
A Georgia teen driver who knocked down and killed three pedestrians, including a baby, has pleaded guilty but has avoided jail. Zoe Reardon was sentenced to 36 months probation the day before her 19th birthday after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges that included vehicular homicide, according to local reports.
Plans are underway to improve an intersection in Vinton where a teen was hit while crossing the road Tuesday. The town has been awarded the grant and V-DOT crews have already started to design the improvements for the intersection on Washington Avenue and Pollard Street.
Neighbors have raised concerns about the crosswalk. Many told Seiden that there's not enough signage, and they're now calling for new measures, such as blinking lights. The Cobb County Department of Transportation said it is looking into their safety concerns.
There is a last ditch effort underway to try and ban cell phone use while driving in Virginia. A bill to do so failed to pass the General Assembly — but safety advocates are asking for help from the governor.
Volvo Cars said on Monday it will introduce a 180 km per hour (112 mph) speed limiter on all new vehicles as the Swedish automaker seeks to burnish its safety credentials and meet a pledge to eliminate passenger fatalities by 2020.
A new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) survey shows one such system, Ford’s MyKey, is catching on... MyKey allows vehicle owners to program a key for their child. For example, the owner can set the top vehicle speed, program speed alerts at varying levels, limit audio volume and make it impossible to disable the do-not-disturb feature.
Just as the mornings are starting to get a little bit lighter, they're going to get darker again next Sunday as the nation marks the annual shift to daylight saving time. Along with trouble getting up in the morning, the controversial seasonal switch is associated with some unwanted side effects, like difficulty sleeping, diminished productivity and drowsy driving, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
With two-thirds of all roads in the nation being rural, the institute's leaders felt like it makes sense to build their newest project: a rural smart road. "Rural roads are really the last frontier we see at this point of testing these automated vehicles."
“Any time you have a significant freeze that causes stress on material, materials expand and contract as the material changes,” Burke said. “Water that has gotten underneath the pavement, that expansion and contraction can obviously do significant damage.”
Researchers at the University of Missouri say drivers not paying attention -- such as answering a phone call, a text message, or being distracted by a passenger -- for any length of time are 29 times more likely to be involved in a collision or near collision in a highway work zone.
In Virginia, Alexandria’s DASH Bus will be free this summer, water taxi rides across the Potomac River could have discounted rates and the King Street Trolley is set to start running earlier each day, as part of efforts to deal with a major Metro shutdown. Alexandria’s final draft mitigation plan for the monthslong closure of all Blue and Yellow Line stations south of Reagan National Airport was published Tuesday.
In a sense, congestion is a “small” problem with massive consequences for the trucking industry. Previous ATRI research showed that 89% of the trucking industry’s congestion costs are created by just 12% of interstate highway miles. And it stands to reason that improving that 12% of bottleneck roads could positively impact the flow of people and goods.
James Robertson was walking his dog across a Fisher Street crosswalk outside his home when a car driven by an allegedly distracted driver struck him, throwing him into the middle of the street... James is now working with his mom on a campaign to prevent other pedestrians from getting hurt. He wants to raise money to make improvements to crosswalks.
A legislative effort to bar Virginians from using hand-held cellphones while driving — or at least to further limit the practice — died in the General Assembly session’s final hours, leaving lawmakers to start over next year.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines an accident as: “an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance.” Yet most traffic crashes are due to human error, whether it is because of impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding or even driver inattention.
Where just 1 percent of all journeys by U.S. residents are made by bicycle, Dutch residents make more than 25 percent of trips by bike – a higher proportion than any other country. Yet the government thinks too few citizens are cycling to work. In fact, the infrastructure ministry is so keen to tackle lingering car dependence it is pushing a benefit scheme that allows commuters to get paid by businesses to travel by bike instead.
All the way through this year's General Assembly session, it appeared 2019 was finally the year Virginia would outlaw the use of hand-held cellphones while driving. That bill died on a last day in a manner that left many puzzled.
As the Virginia Department of Transportation looks to expand I-66, the bike paths in the area will be getting an expansion as well. VDOT has worked closely with the Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling to make sure the 23-mile updated and extended bike paths will benefit all of the cyclists and walkers in the area.
"The alarm bells continue to sound on this issue," Executive Director Jonathan Adkins said in a release about the rising number of people hit and killed by vehicles. "It's clear we need to fortify our collective efforts to protect pedestrians and reverse the trend."
The winter storm on Wednesday has kept Virginia State Police personnel busy across the Commonwealth. From midnight to 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, VSP responded to 477 traffic crashes and 318 disabled vehicles.
Unlike every other major North American metro area, the Vancouver region doesn’t allow ride-hailing. That makes Vancouver a unique example of what happens when a thriving North American city politely—this is Canada—passes on the ride-hail bandwagon.
Police in Chesterfield County are searching for a driver who drove off after striking a child in the parking lot of a local shopping center on Monday, February 18... The driver is described as a black female who was wearing a black hoodie, gray shirt, blue jeans and brown or gray UGG-style boots. The vehicle appeared to be a black, early-2000s model Mitsubishi Montero with aluminum rims and a chrome tailpipe tip on the exhaust.
Blocking in a bike lane momentarily would still be permitted only when necessary to parallel park, turn, or if the driver is directed there by a police officer. Blocking the road would not be allowed for Uber, Lyft or cab pickup and drop off.
Joey Rozier, a local bike commuter and software engineer at Google, recently filmed one of his rides to work. In the process, he showed how the street now offers more than a dozen techniques for improving on-street bike safety and traffic flow.
Distracted driving kills at least nine people and injures more 1,000 every day in the U.S.
Travelers Insurance, in partnership with TBWA, is trying to reduce these alarming figures.
Today, the brand has released its next installment of "Unfinished Stories," which envisions potential future chapters of someone’s life had the driver not been distracted and the tragic accidents avoided.
Today, the brand has released its next installment of "Unfinished Stories," which envisions potential future chapters of someone’s life had the driver not been distracted and the tragic accidents avoided... Two new films honor 19-year-old Shreya Dixit and 61-year-old Howard Stein, who were both killed in preventable distracted driving incidents.
Virginia law requires you to move over or slow down if you see flashing lights. On Wednesday, 8News spoke with Kenny Cope, a local tow truck driver, who said he's frustrated every day on the job because people don't give him room to work. Cope says all he's asking for is for people to obey the move over law.
Reducing pedestrian crashes is the goal of new IIHS ratings of automatic emergency braking systems that can detect and brake for people on foot. In the first tests of 2018–19 vehicles with this crash avoidance feature, 9 of 11 small SUVs evaluated earn an advanced or superior rating for pedestrian crash prevention.
An upstate New York man was charged with murder after he allegedly drove his car into a family of eight as they stood outside a 7-Eleven store, killing the mother who was pregnant, according to police.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, (IIHS) states the closer you sit to an airbag could cause more injuries in car crash, according to WVIR... Becky Mueller, a research engineer with the IIHS said that you should sit at least 10 inches away from the steering wheel to be fully protected.
For the first time since the Great Recession, the U.S. has experienced three straight years of at least 40,000 roadway deaths, according to preliminary estimates released today from the National Safety Council.
standard American-spec low beams — no matter how bright — typically do not throw light far enough to allow drivers to stop in a hurry. But there’s another solution. A.D.B., or adaptive driving beam headlights, use sensors and cameras to continuously shape a vehicle’s high beam so that it illuminates only areas without oncoming traffic, while throwing light elsewhere far down the road.
In a precedent-setting commitment to bus stop upgrades, VIA installed sidewalk improvements and shelters at more than 1,000 stops between 2014 and 2017. With 2,300 total shelters systemwide, San Antonio bus riders now begin nearly 95% of their trips at an accessible stop with a shelter.
The first symposium of the year will be “Disrupting Distraction,” part of the Travelers Institute® Every Second Matters℠ series. It will be held today at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, beginning at 6 p.m. ET. This series brings attention to alarming distracted-driving trends contributing to traffic fatalities and highlights innovative approaches to help prevent distractions and encourage safer behaviors.
States with moderate to strong bans have motorcycle fatality rates that differ by as much as 11 percent compared to states with no bans, according to a study out of Florida Atlantic University and the University of Miami.
In the coming months the Police Division will spearhead regional partnerships and collaborations to raise awareness of pedestrian safety, including the launch of "Watch Your Step," a campaign centered around educating the public on how to stay safe while sharing our roadways. Subsequently, Henrico Police will develop and implement safety measures and awareness campaigns based on the study's findings
Arlington’s restaurant initiative was launched about two years ago. As part of the initiative, officers are assigned to work with management and staff of bars and restaurants to help create safe standards of practice.
The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers Committee tracked 10 farm-related fatalities between December 2017 and December 2018, making last year “one of the worst years in the recent history of farm accidents in Virginia,” noted William “Bear” Lloyd, a Washington County farmer and member of the committee.
Virginia has selected Hampton Roads Connector Partners, a design-build team, to deliver the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion Project. The fixed price ($3.3 billion) and fixed completion date (November 1, 2025) contract is expected to be executed in April 2019.
Roanoke Police Chief Tim Jones said Linda Pierson, 58, a mother and grandmother, was leaving work at the kitchen in Roanoke City Jail. She was hit and killed by a driver at the intersection of Campbell Avenue and 5th Street. Jones is asking the public's help to bring closure to this case and closure for Pierson's family. And news of the fatal crash is driving conversation on Roanoke's Streets.
Patrick Ryan Hitzelberg is sentenced to 25 years and will receive an additional 20 years of suspended prison time, and a $1,000 fine. Officials say Steven Kimmel, the driver of the SUV, died from his injuries.
It's a common, but unpredictable problem along Interstate 81. Traffic crashes often block the highway and leave traffic backed up for miles... Data collected by the Virginia Department of Transportation shows about 2,000 crashes happen along Interstate 81 every year. Around 45 of those incidents take at least four hours to clear.
In Seattle, the city’s lead engineer, Dongho Chang, announced that the city was “piloting a new approach” to crossings on its greenway system. The city will add the crosswalk and the signal and THEN count how many pedestrians cross and see if it reaches the threshold that the MUTCD recommends.
The General Assembly seems ready to expand the restrictions on distracted driving, and we think that’s a good thing. The current bill under consideration in the House of Delegates, however, would prohibit holding a personal communications device while driving. Period.
The agency released its annual "Most Wanted" list on Monday featuring a host of measures it recommends that Congress and federal regulators take up immediately. The NTSB does not have the power to enforce the proposals themselves, and Congress routinely ignores the recommendations until a major accident compels them to act.
The new analysis, “Harsher Penalties” examined the lowest possible fines (with no added surcharges) based on three common offenses: speeding, using a mobile phone while driving, and running a red light. The report’s findings indicated that the United States has some of the lowest driving penalties in the world.
Lakin Ashlyn's mother held the last picture of her daughter: a Snapchat photo taken seconds before she flipped her car and died near West Point, Virginia in November 2017... "I used to be on my phone all the time," Lakin's cousin Tabitha Clark said. "You’re being selfish if you are on your phone and doing whatever, but just driving."
The legislation passed five days after Bartley King, who was severely injured in a distracted driving accident in 2007 when he was a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University, spoke to senators in favor of the proposals. In a Facebook post, King recalled his car hitting a tree at 55 mph while he was texting. The crash put him in the VCU Medical Center and left him in a coma for 28 days. He then spent 16 months in a wheelchair relearning to walk.
During the walk, attendees identified specific locations where lighting, landscaping, and other maintenance issues could be improved. The nighttime setting offered a different vantage into potential maintenance and safety issues that are revealed only in the dark.
LFD is stocking each fire engine and ladder truck with a speed bump... "Every single time we go out we have close calls," Cash said. Maxwell added, "It's scary because I like to go home at the end of the shift and it scares me for my crew because I want my crew to go home at the end of the shift as well."
DC Police are offering a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of that driver. Daniel Olaya leaves behind a 3-year-old son, along with his sister, his parents, and a long list of friends and loved ones.
The week of the crash was his first week (driving) on his own. We don’t know where he was trained, who passed him for his driving test, or even how good a driver (steering and gearing) he was. Nothing in what happened suggests he lacked basic driving skills, but he almost certainly was never coached in the myriad other duties a driver is supposed to fulfill... How Sidhu came to be piloting a 140,000-pound B-train combination with three weeks of experience is a conundrum...
Everyone could benefit by watching our newest educational video on sharing the road with slow moving vehicles. Whether its a farm or road construction vehicle, it's important to be alert and know the rules of the road. Please watch and share!
Teary-eyed parents and supporters of legislation to curb distracted driving filled a small room at the Capitol, some wearing neon yellow traffic vests in solidarity as they offered emotional testimony... The press conference was to advocate for HB 1811, introduced by Del. Christopher Collins, R-Frederick. Sen. Richard Stuart, R-Westmoreland, is sponsoring a companion bill, SB 1341, in the Senate.
Human error caused about 94 percent of vehicular incidents last year, according to statistics tracked by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The AAA report called that “a painful reminder” that deaths resulting from crashes on roadways across the country and in Virginia are frequently preventable.
Current state law only bans reading an email or text message or typing on your phone while driving. The proposed law would ban using your handheld phone while driving for any reason, with only a few exceptions.
Del. Peace talked about the bill in Richmond on Monday. He was joined by Melanie Clark, the widow of Lt. Bradford Clark. He was a Hanover County firefighter killed by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 295 in October during Tropical Storm Michael.
“We have a transportation crisis whether or not we want to admit it,” David Woodard, chairman of the Tazewell County School Board, said. “We cannot find enough bus drivers to fill our routes.” Bus drivers are required to get a CDL (Commercial Drivers License), and Woodard said after obtaining that they can much higher pay driving rigs if they choose to.
A McGaheysville man has been charged with reckless driving after a crash early Friday morning that left a man from Grottoes dead. According to Virginia State Police, 35-year-old Ronald Sink, of McGaheysville, was driving east on Port Republic Road (Rt. 253) around 4:30 a.m. Friday morning when he crossed the center line near Lawyer Road.
State police say the school bus was attempting to cross the intersection when it struck the Volkswagen, driven by, 22-year-old Noel C. Johansen Jr., of Blackstone, Va., on the driver side. The Volkswagen then struck a stop sign, ran off the road to the right and crashed into a ditch. The bus driver, 50-year-old Michael C. Austin, of Blackstone, Va., was charged with failure to yield the right of way.
The current generation of heavy-duty trucks offer better fuel economy and increased safety, compared with earlier models, but a panel of fleet executives said they require more training for technicians and drivers than ever before. “We have paid a price in terms of the complexity of the equipment and cost of the components.”
The council rejected an ordinance that would have barred the city administration from moving forward with plans for bike lanes and floating parking on a stretch of Brook Road between Azalea Avenue and Charity Street. Using federal grant money, the Department of Public Works plans to convert one lane on each side of the four-lane thoroughfare into floating parking, separating the remaining lane of vehicle traffic and new bike lanes that would be buffered by paint and posts.
A suit in U.S. District Court over an accident in which a U.S. Postal Service vehicle killed a two-year-old, Chacon v. U.S. Postal Service, ended in a settlement for $4.9 million that was paid on Jan. 15... There was evidence that the driver was using a mobile phone just before the crash.
These cameras capture pictures and videos of motorists illegally passing when stop arms are extended and red lights are flashing. Images will be reviewed by the Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD) and can result in $250 citations for the drivers at fault. Under Virginia Code, drivers approaching a school bus may not pass if the bus's stop-arm is extended or its red lights are flashing.
Cmdr. Johnny Thomas was arraigned via video and formally charged with operating while impaired/operating with a high BAC above .17, a 180-day misdemeanor. Thomas also was charged with possession of a firearm while under the influence, a 93-day misdemeanor.
As part of D.C.’s effort to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2024, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is setting up a new Vision Zero office that will focus on safety strategies, including through engineering, regulation, and community engagement. Starting in March, the office’s inaugural director will be Linda Bailey.
The next time you have your car inspected, you’ll notice a new-look inspection sticker that now includes a safety message. A new feature of the inspection sticker enables State Police to reach an estimated 8.2 million motorists annually with a reminder about Virginia’s “Move Over” law.
CDC found that providing retirement-age adults with information on how to protect their mobility as they age motivated them to take action. CDC’s Injury Center developed MyMobility Plan as a tool to help older adults prepare for potential mobility changes in much the same way you might plan financially for retirement. Changes will come, so how do you best position yourself to meet these changes? You can take action now to help remain safe, mobile, and independent in the future.
Trooper J.L. Dixon said that the bus's driver was transported to a local hospital. The six pre-school students aboard the bus were not complaining of injuries, but they were taken to the hospital, too, to be checked out as a safety precaution.
Thirty four people died in 2018 after being hit by a vehicle, up from 17 victims the previous year, according to statistics provided by the San Diego Police Department. The bloodshed comes despite efforts by Mayor Kevin Faulconer to improve safety at a number of dangerous intersections as part of the city’s Vision Zero program to eliminate all traffic-related fatalities and severe injuries by 2025.
A Brooklyn cyclist who was said he was shoved into a parked car by an NYPD detective in 2014 has been awarded a $2.25 million settlement, after a court ruled against the city for repeatedly failing to produce relevant evidence in a timely manner.
Manipulating a cellphone was a contributing factor in more than 800 crash deaths on U.S. roads during 2017 amid a marked increase in the percentage of drivers observed interacting with cellphones, new IIHS research indicates.
Camryn Lunsford now watches over drivers on I-65, just south of Green Springs Avenue. Lunsford died almost a year ago in Pelham on February 22 when she was distracted by her phone, hitting the back of a semi. She died just hours after taking the picture on the billboard, which features her in a cap and gown.
Police say the victim, 65-year-old Yong Do Kim, was crossing in the marked crosswalk when he was hit. The impact caused him to fly 30 to 40 feet. “She was traveling about 30 to 35 miles an hour, not paying attention. She was looking at her messages on the WhatsApp on her phone,” said LAPD Det. Moses Castillo.
Shocking video from January 10 showed a group of teenagers fleeing what's believed to be Keever-Nyberg's truck after chasing them onto a sidewalk. Austin Keever- Nyberg, 21, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of attempted first-degree assault while at the Clackamas County Courthouse in Oregon City .
Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy announced Thursday that Thomas Hawks has been indicted for three counts of vehicular manslaughter as a result of gross negligence, two counts of causing life-threatening injuries by a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and other related charges.
State troopers had responded to 324 traffic crashes and 196 disabled vehicles throughout the state on Sunday, as of 5:30 p.m. The majority of the crashes —107 — occurred in the Richmond region. The police are investigating three fatalities, including one officials determined to be related to the weather.
A road designed using the “safe system” approach puts human life – and its inherent vulnerability – at the center. It recognizes that the human body can only take so much force and that even the most conscientious person can make a mistake, but this should not cost them their life.
A new analysis of 200 articles covering bike and pedestrian deaths in a two-month period last year reveals that the media “consistently” faults the dead rather than the survivor, who is often the only witness with whom cops speak. Read the PDF of the analysis here.
“Arrive Alive” is a competition between participating Virginia schools to establish safe driving and passenger safety behaviors among teens and youth during the high-risk warm weather months. The seven week-long peer-to-peer campaign will run from March 18 through May 3, 2019.
Friends of Derek D. Dambacher, triathlete and father of four killed on Route 288 in Chesterfield County, gathered at his favorite brewery to share good memories. Dambacher, 53 of Chesterfield, was hit and killed by a tractor trailer outside of his disabled vehicle on Route 288 south -- near the Hull Street exit -- Tuesday morning.
According to Virginia State Police, a 1996 Dodge Ram pickup was traveling west on Kress Road when it crossed a bridge that was iced over. The pickup -- which police say was traveling at a high rate of speed -- lost control, ran off the roadway and struck a tree.
Watch the terrifying footage of a toddler strapped into a car seat toppling out of the side of a moving car in Minnesota! The car seat wasn't installed properly, though luckily the child wasn't injured.
Christian Lopez flashed a gun while chasing a 14-year-old driver, according to the teen, who ran a red light and slammed into 45-year-old Silvia Zavala's Ford F-150 truck, according to police. Lopez was charged with manslaughter, failure to stop and render aid, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He could face up to 20 years in prison.
“I’ve been replaying this in the back of my head,” Mannon said. “If I’d only done this, or I’d only done that.” Alan B. Mannon pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle, a third-degree felony. He’ll be sentenced next month and remains free on bail...
“I didn’t get up that day planning to kill anyone,” he said.
Del. Chris Collins, R-Winchester, who has worked on the distracted driving issue over several sessions, said last year's bill would have required police to make a judgment call about whether phone use was causing someone to drive erratically. This year's legislation, he said, is a "straight up" hands-free bill, reducing the element of subjectivity.
Lakin Ashlyn Gabel posted a picture to her Snapchat while on the way to work on November 27, 2017. Moments later, she lost control of her SUV and crashed in Gloucester. The impact killed the 21-year old.
"What she was doing was not illegal. Snapchatting is not illegal, Facebook is not illegal,” said Del. Chris Collins, R–Fredrick. He and Sen. Richard Stuart, R–Stafford, are leading a legislative effort to prohibit cellphone use while driving... House Bill 1811 and its companion Senate Bill 1341 would make any interaction with a cellphone while driving a primary offense, with the same fines applied.
It hasn't even been two years since Roxanne lost her daughter, Lakin, to distracted driving... Her son was just three months old at the time... Now all Lakin’s little boy has left left of his mother is the sound of her voice in a blue Build-a-Bear.
Right now, there’s a ban on texting and driving in Virginia. Police can pull you over if they suspect you’re doing it, but lawmakers say it’s hard for police to enforce... Del. Michael Mullin, D-Newport News, says making Virginia “Hands-Free” also makes it much easier for law enforcement officers to enforce the policy. “Having a straight hands-free law also makes sure that there is not a question of unequal enforcement when it comes to communities of color as well. We’re only going to have one question, did you have the phone in your hand or not?” he added.
Hands-free driving legislation has been pitched in Virginia in the past, as recently as last year, but failed to pass both chambers of the General Assembly. A coalitions of families, Republican and Democratic lawmakers, and law enforcement officials are hopeful they can push the bill over the line in 2019.
The Paratrooper from Montague Bikes is a state-of-the-art foldable bicycle, designed under a grant from the DARPA and the United States military. Its purpose was to allow airborne soldiers to drop out of airplanes and ride into combat, so naturally you can be sure it’s light and rugged.
We invite you to send a personalized Valentine greeting to friends and loved ones with a loving message and a promise to always make smart choices while driving or as a passenger. It’s simple. It’s free. And it’s a great way to say I love you.
Sgt. Chad Greig said over 3,000 vehicles were checked at various roadblocks over three days. "I don't know if it's ever happened before," Greig said. "We're pleasantly surprised to see there were no criminal code impaired charges."
King George Sheriff Steve Dempsey, who started his law enforcement career as a patrol officer and was the first deputy in the county with a canine, is leaving the department where he has spent almost 40 years. Dempsey, 64, announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in November and will retire when his term ends Jan. 1, 2020.
John T. Hanna, 95, passed away December 11, 2018. Read more about his life and accomplishments as a US Veteran and City of Richmond public servant. Known as the "Father of Transportation Safety," John's legacy is honored by the annual award of Drive Safe Hampton Roads "John T. Hanna Awards." He is also remembered at The Virginia Museum of Transportation, located in Roanoke, with The Hanna Transportation Safety Room.
According to Arizona Department of Public Safety, the officer stopped a vehicle on the Loop 101 around 6 p.m. While out standing with that vehicle, the officer was hit by a passing vehicle, which then hit the vehicle the officer had stopped.
Monthly ridership on Greater Richmond Transit Company is up 21 percent year over year thanks to one big investment, some smart planning and some policy changes — and with only a small increase in its annual operating budget.
GRTC reduced service to the Fulton neighborhood Sunday amid a slate of changes designed to save money, deepening the concern some Virginia Commonwealth University researchers hold about options for riders in low-income areas.
Dozens of area students submitted 20 second videos explaining why underage drinking is not for them as part of the NOT4ME video challenge sponsored by Premium Distributors of Virginia and CBS 6. Now we need your help to choose the winner between now and Jan. 27.
Traffic backed up for as much as 18 hours at places along the interstate’s nearly 200-mile course between the Virginia Highlands and the Shenandoah Valley. The number of stranded travelers can only be estimated. Many of them called 911 for help, trying to find out how long they might have to wait. Others were hungry or just had to use the bathroom. A few had medical emergencies.
State police are looking for a driver who they say rammed into a home, killing an 87-year-old woman. According to state police, the driver of a gold 1993 Honda Accord fled the scene after the car ran off the road and crashed into a house.
The Las Vegas-based app is revolutionizing the way parents, students and education officials interact with the school bus commute and has earned 4.6 stars on the app store with more than 30,000 reviews.
Pizza Hut plans to expand beer delivery to 1,000 restaurants by this summer. The announcement comes a month ahead of the Super Bowl, scheduled for Feb. 3 in Atlanta, one of the chain's busiest delivery days each year.
Judge Robert Brennan, who was hearing a consolidated test case that involved more than 400 Breathalyzer exams throughout the state, ruled the tests can’t be used until the Office of Alcohol Testing proves its results are accurate.
The winner will receive $2,000 and an Emmy Award-winning director will come to his or her school to make the idea into a finished TV public service announcement that will debut at the Washington Auto Show before airing on more than 150 TV stations nationwide. Teens who live in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia are invited to enter by sending a script, descriptive paragraph or storyboards for a TV ad that reminds people not to drive distracted. The deadline for entries is March 5, 2019.
The National Safety Council is deeply concerned that – despite increased public awareness – the U.S. matched a record we hoped never to reach again. Last year, 49 children died from being left in hot cars, tying the all-time, single-year high set in 2010, and raising the annual average number of deaths to 38. An additional two deaths in 2018 still are being investigated, and if vehicular heatstroke is confirmed, last year will have been the deadliest year on record for kids dying in hot cars.
Older drivers who are anxious while on the road, find themselves in more fender benders, or have trouble reading signs, staying in lanes, getting lost or judging gaps in traffic need to have a discussion about driving safely and possibly about giving up their keys.
At least 21 such attacks have been leveled at Waymo vans in Chandler, as first reported by The Arizona Republic. Some analysts say they expect more such behavior as the nation moves into a broader discussion about the potential for driverless cars to unleash colossal changes in American society.
Virginia lawmakers will again endeavor to mandate hands-free cellphone use in vehicles when the General Assembly begins on Jan. 9. Virginia is the only state in the region that allows you to hold a phone while driving.
Starting this week, Metro customers will be able to bring their bikes with them on the train – at any time – as Metro ends a longstanding restriction that prohibited bicycles during rush hours. The policy change, which takes effect Monday, is expected to make Metrorail a more attractive travel option for reverse commuters (i.e. customers traveling outbound in the morning and inbound in the evening) who want to take their bike to travel between the rail station and their workplace.
When state lawmakers return next week, they’ll be faced with a new proposal to make Virginia a hands-free state... Right now, it’s illegal to text or check your email while driving in Virginia - but it’s not illegal to talk and drive. That is, not yet.
At least one person has died on a Texas roadway every day for the past 18 years, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. TxDOT launched a campaign last month dubbed #EndTheStreakTX in hopes of raising awareness and breaking the streak.
Despite the difficulties of navigating Brook Road while biking or walking, we still know Brook Road to be a crucial connection for those who rely on riding a bike for transportation. The residents who brave these conditions on bike and on foot demonstrate why we need safer bike and pedestrian infrastructure in Northside.
Last year, 46 drivers were arrested during the same time period... Only one of the New Year arrests was at the lower 0.05 level — at a reported 0.059 percent. The rest were all above 0.08, UHP reported, including a driver who was five times over the new 0.05 limit.
The underage driver was allegedly pelting cars with eggs from an SUV with two juvenile passengers on Tuesday when Harris County authorities said he provoked another driver just before 2:30 p.m. That driver allegedly then displayed a semiautomatic handgun. The confrontation sparked a chase between the two vehicles, leading to the boy’s SUV blowing through an intersection’s red light and T-boning a red Ford F-150 that was driven by 45-year-old Silvia Zavala.
Kango is just one of the startups vying to be “Uber for kids,” building an optimized, app-based twist on the neighborhood carpool by contracting part-time drivers who transport the youths in their personal cars. To succeed, these companies must not only overcome the struggles faced by powerhouses like Uber and Lyft, but also ace the more difficult test of taking solo minors along for the ride.
If, after a near miss with a cellphone-preoccupied driver, you’ve ever muttered, “There ought to be a law,” an unusual emerging coalition of conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats have news for you: It ain’t as easy as it looks.
Law enforcement and local organizations are encouraging every Virginian to ring in the new year not drinking and driving. The 17th Annual Checkpoint Strikeforce outreach campaign is woking to ring in a safe 2019. More than a third of all U.S. traffic fatalities involved drunk drivers during last year's New Year's, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
One camera shows James talking on a handheld cellphone as he is driving, according to the affidavit. He put the phone down with his left hand as he entered the intersection, police said in the document. But the phone rang a moment later, and the affidavit says James picked it up with his left hand and switched to his right hand as he started to turn left.
Stephen Carlisle, 17, was crossing Route 100 with a small group of friends near the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, Maryland, when he and another teenager were hit, said Anne Arundel County police Lt. Ryan Frashure.
Family members may never know how or why Orlando Williams was walking on I-95 when he was hit and killed by a van on December 26th. However, their loved one’s final moments will not mar the memories they hold on to now.
Officially known as Pedestrian Safety Managers, they are vigilant escorts across some of the city’s busiest intersections... The pedestrian managers are hired and trained by Sam Schwartz Pedestrian Traffic Management Services, a company run by Mr. Schwartz, a former city traffic commissioner. The company has 250 traffic managers working in New York, New Jersey and three other states.
An innovative new way to stop Aussies from getting behind the wheel after having too much to drink will trialled within months. The first “alco-gate” — a hi-tech boom gate equipped with breathalysers — will be installed in Melbourne, but its exact location is a closely guarded secret according to the Herald Sun.
if you’re unable to move over, slow down when you see the lights. “This could have been avoided,” she said of Wednesday’s crash. In recent months, first responders in Central Virginia have launched a “move over” campaign following the death of a Hanover fire lieutenant in October in a crash, and several other vehicles hit this fall.
State Police say Ryan Chambers died yesterday when he hit a patch of ice, lost control and crashed on Turner Branch Road. The ice is from a spring that runs onto the road, and neighbors say during the winter months the water will freeze, creating dangerous driving conditions.
The National Safety Council urges drivers to be extra vigilant as they travel to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. NSC estimates 422 people may be killed and 48,100 may be seriously injured in car crashes during the upcoming Christmas holiday period. As many as 438 fatalities and 49,900 injuries may occur during the New Year's holiday weekend. The Christmas holiday period begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25. The New Year's holiday period begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.
From 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday, Toronto Police arrested 23 people for impaired driving. In one case, a person was more than four times over the legal limit. Another driver was passed out in a drive-thru.
The New York City-bound entrance of the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City, New Jersey, was redecorated Monday night. The Christmas tree wreath was moved over to the "A" in "Holland" and the round wreath over the "U" in "Tunnel" taken to the Journal Square PATH station, officials said. The wreath over the "O" stayed put.
Virginia residents living in the Interstate 81 corridor want $2 billion in proposed highway upgrades implemented, but disagree whether tolls or taxes are the best way to pay for it, an industry poll showed Monday.
Under changes to Criminal Code starting Tuesday, police will be able to carry out what is called mandatory alcohol screening, which means officers can demand a breath sample at the roadside from any driver who has been lawfully stopped.
Across the country, but especially in rural regions, having a reliable vehicle can make or break your health; according to a 2015 report from the National Conference of State Legislatures, an estimated 3.6 million Americans forgo medical care because they lack transportation.
A new analysis from the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia showed that less white and less affluent neighborhoods comprise 49 percent of the city’s most dangerous streets — despite containing only about 35 percent of the city’s total street mileage.
In a statement, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Getting more Londoners cycling is essential for our city’s future health and prosperity, and our new Action Plan shows how we’re going to go further than ever before to make this a reality.
The Virginia Tech Helmet Lab has released ratings for 20 additional bicycle helmets, supplementing the initial set of 30 ratings published earlier this year. The ratings give each helmet a score between one and five stars that reflects its ability to reduce the risk of head injuries. Six helmet models in the new batch earned all five stars, and nine models earned four stars.
As 2018 comes to an end, some of the fleet management and vehicle leasing trends seen for Latin America next year and beyond include increasing telematics, higher vehicle safety standards, more hybrid and electric vehicles (EV), and an increase in mobility solutions.
Inna and Natalie Fomin, 19 and 17 years old, both remain in the hospital 17 days after the crash, family members said. The sisters' uncle, Anatoly Mikutin, said Inna has gone through several major surgeries but is improving slowly. Natalie remains unresponsive in a coma, Mikutin said.
The victims have been identified as 61-year-old Monica Adams Carlson of Skagway, Alaska and 85 year-old Cora Louise Adams of Elbe, Washington. Carlson was the former the mayor of Skagaway, Alaska -- a town just 100 miles north of Juneau.
A study commissioned by the city found that the overall number of T-bone, sideswipe and rear-end crashes decreased at intersections where red light cameras were installed. These intersections saw about 18 fewer crashes per year after the cameras were put in place in 2010, bringing the number of accidents down from roughly 68 a year to 50.
The Dutch government recently announced that it will invest $390 million (€345 million) in cycling infrastructure to get 200,000 more people commuting by bike in three years' time.The Netherlands currently rewards commuting cyclists with tax credits of $0.22 (€0.19) per kilometer. Companies and employees would agree on the distance of a person's cycling route.
The safety improvements, prohibiting right turn on red at 100 intersections and installing left turn hardening infrastructure at 90 more, are both focused on improving pedestrian safety in intersections.
With about 41,518 residential units in low-income neighborhoods closer than a quarter mile to a bus stop before the changes took place, there are now just 32,335 within that distance, reflecting a decrease of 22 percent. The report also estimates there are 1,294, or 3 percent fewer housing units within a half mile of a stop... “Chesterfield has even more pressing needs in entire areas not served by local transit despite having demographics and a population that would be well served by it,”
As of 7:15 a.m. Monday, police have responded to more than 1,177 crashes and just shy of 1,589 disabled vehicles. According to police, the majority of the crashes occurred in the regions along the I-81 corridor, southern Virginia and central Virginia.
"Out of the 1,177 total traffic crashes statewide since 12:01 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 9) through 10 a.m. Monday (Dec. 10) that Virginia State Police personnel have responded to, 398 traffic crashes have occurred in the Richmond Division," a Virginia State Police spokesperson said.
The National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va. issued a hazardous weather outlook Monday warning of below freezing temperatures that would turn snow melt into black ice covering the region’s roadways. Temperatures were not expected to warm above freezing until later this morning.
The issues “were not the result of traffic crashes in the northbound lanes of I-81. Deteriorating road conditions and too much traffic on the interstate led to the extended stoppages... As soon as the wreckers would get the stuck vehicles freed and the troopers would let more vehicles move through, the next group of vehicles would lose control and get stuck ... and the process would start all over again,” Geller said.
The Virginia Pilot reports that the speed limit will increase from 60 to 65 mph on a 9.5 mile stretch in parts of Newport News and Hampton Roads. The stretch will start at Jefferson Avenue and end just east of Hampton Roads Center Parkway.
VSP will start a focused HOV enforcement on I-66 express lanes inside the Beltway tomorrow (Thursday) during the morning and afternoon rush hour periods, the Virginia Department of Transportation recently announced.
Renee Callahan of the Montana-based Center for Large Landscapes Conservation says driver-animal collisions remain vastly under reported. She points to a 2017 study by Virginia's transportation agency that showed law enforcement tallies of deer-driver collisions were 8.5 times lower than the number of carcass removals. An adjusted tally showed deer collisions ranked fourth among the 14 types of costliest collisions in Virginia, adding up to more than $500 million per year.
Ohio's State Highway Patrol says a recent enforcement and awareness effort on impaired driving as part of a multi-state law enforcement partnership resulted in a total of 700 arrests for driving under the influence.
To help prevent traffic deaths and injuries during the Life Saver Weekend, the Virginia State Police will once again be participating in Operation C.A.R.E., an acronym for the Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort. Operation C.A.R.E. is a state-sponsored, national program designed to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by speeding, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints.
Police pulled over 141 drivers along Chippenham Parkway in one night. Officers issued more than 160 summonses to speeding drivers, reckless drivers, and drivers who did not move over for stopped emergency vehicles, according to a Chesterfield Police spokesperson.
“Focusing on roundabouts, we saw no fatalities at all within roundabouts as contrasted to a more conventional cross intersection,” said Executive Director of Risk Institute Phil Renaud. “There’s plenty of signage that requires people to yield and pay attention as they approach the roundabout.”
John Washington of Silver Spring, Maryland, was charged with reckless driving and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, Arlington police said Friday morning. The woman was seriously hurt during the morning rush hour Thursday when she was hit by the dump truck Washington, 63, was driving. The victim managed to push the stroller out of harm's way.
The law, which was passed in March 2017 by Gov. Gary Herbert, will define driving under the influence as having a "blood or breath alcohol concentration of .05 grams or greater," which is lower than the nationwide standard of .08.
Virginia is launching a new effort to stop people from continuing to die on the state’s roads. The first focus of the newly formed Executive Leadership Team on Highway Safety is distracted driving, but it expects to focus on additional areas like driver education, law enforcement and additional roadway design changes in the future.
A record 42 million adults 65 and older are driving on America’s roads, and the number is expected to increase significantly over the next decade, which would make them the country’s largest driving population. Almost half of these older adults report using seven or more medications while remaining active drivers, and nearly one in five use medications that should be avoided.
“The trajectory of the industry, not just at Waymo, is going to depend on a lot of these early experiences. Do people feel safe? Do people feel comfortable? Is it seamless?” Samaras said. “If it is, we’ll see more of it. If not, people will go back to the engineering room.”
In the Indiana crash, a truck hit the school bus from behind just after 9 a.m. on US 31 near Argos, about 30 miles south of South Bend, the Indiana State Police said. Two other fatal crashes involving buses transporting children to or from events happened this week in Illinois and Arkansas.
Shoppers rushing home with their treasures this holiday season can add another thing to their to-do lists: Stay alert for the signs of aggressive driving in other drivers or perhaps even bubbling up in themselves.
RCMP on Vancouver Island are investigating after a potentially intoxicated man fell asleep at the helm of a fishing boat, spotted speeding in circles off the shores of Port Hardy. “It was determined that the boat operator was grossly impaired and an open container of liquor was located nearby,” reads the release.
States with moderate to strong bans have motorcycle fatality rates that differ by as much as 11 percent compared to states with no bans, according to a study by faculty at Florida Atlantic University and the University of Miami.
At times, Slaymaker-Walker was driving at speeds of 73 to 77 miles per hour just before the fatal crash, Stedman said. The crash occurred a short distance from Warwick High School and the area had a posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour. She crashed into six other vehicles before the final collision that killed the teens, authorities said.
“VDOT has taken measures to pretreat roads and prepare equipment, crews, and materials ahead of the storm,” said Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine. “Safety is our top priority. Driving conditions are expected to be hazardous, and motorists are urged to stay off the roads until the storm passes and road conditions are improved.”
Alcohol was a factor in at least two of the fatal crashes. Four of those killed were not wearing seat belts. In addition, state police cited 7,419 speeders and 2,157 reckless drivers. A total of 102 drunken drivers were taken off Virginia’s roads and arrested by state troopers.
Governor Ralph Northam today urged Virginians to help drive change in the Commonwealth’s traffic safety culture by joining the Toward Zero Deaths Virginia movement. Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) is a national strategy on highway safety that uses a unified approach to change driver behavior and improve highway safety with a goal of ultimately reducing the number of traffic-related serious injuries or deaths to zero.
As part of the global Vision Zero initiative, Charlotte is aiming to eliminate pedestrian deaths on the city’s streets by 2030. But deaths are trending the wrong way right now. City Council on Monday unanimously approved a new set of traffic-calming measures that are intended to make the city’s neighborhoods safer. Those measures include making it easier to lower speed limits on neighborhood streets to 25 mph and simplifying the process to request stop signs and speed humps.
MnDOT is working with farmers who have fields adjacent to highways to create living snow fences by leaving rows of corn standing or stacked bales by the road. These fences help trap snow and deposit it into ditches instead blowing onto the roadway. The goal is to create drift-free roads, which according to MnDOT are achievable through proper road design and snow fences.
The 18-year-old boy was traveling through the town of Hemer, Germany when officers pointed their speed guns towards the offender. Statements from the department show that the car had reached 95 kilometers per hours (59 miles per hour) in the 50 km/h (30 mph), nearly double the posted speed limit.
A Chesterfield man is accused of drunk driving and crashing into a marked Chesterfield Police cruiser Sunday morning. Steven D. Montgomery, 61, was driving a Chevrolet truck when he ran a stop sign and struck the driver’s side of a marked Chesterfield Police cruiser, according to police.
Daniel Krenicky, 32, has been charged with driving under the influence, involuntary manslaughter, two counts of felony child endangerment and reckless driving by speed. Police said Daniel Krenicky was under the influence with his children in the car when he drove his 2002 Pontiac off the road on November 17 and struck a culvert pipe.
Nazrul Islam, who had disrupted sleep in the hours before the incident, said he did not hear the car door open, or see the interior light turn on before taking off while his back-seat passenger was halfway out of the vehicle.
Waymo is reportedly rolling out additional safety measures for its self-driving vehicle fleets, reintroducing safety drivers and installing cameras to monitor driver fatigue. The Information reports that these changes were put into place due to safety concerns, and they come after a handful of recent traffic incidents.
Lt. Jason Elmore first posted about the “move over” law Monday on social media, asking family and friends of first responders to post photos, holding signs that say "move over.” This social media campaign’s message is clear: these first responders want to make sure everyone comes home.
One of the important criteria in Amazon's high-profile search for a second (and third) corporate headquarters was access to public transportation for the company's employees. The company chose Queens, N.Y. and Arlington, Va. for its new HQ2s — both locations will be near subway stops. And a new study finds Amazon is not alone in this regard...
Just over half of 2018 model vehicles IIHS evaluated are available with headlights that do an adequate job of lighting the road at night and limiting glare for oncoming drivers, but most good-rated headlights are optional or bundled with features that can raise the price of the vehicle.
General Motors vehicles with forward collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB) saw a big drop in police-reported front-to-rear crashes when compared with the same cars without those systems, according to a new report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Those crashes dropped 43 percent, the IIHS found, and injuries in the same type of crashes fell 64 percent.
The Department of Motor Vehicles is reminding drivers to wear their seat belts as Virginia police officers will be conducting a 'click it or ticket campaign' in November. The 'Click It or Ticket' campaign runs through November 30 and will combine high visibility of seat belt and child safety seat laws with outreach and education.
"People just don't realize bad things can happen until it happens,” Carter Hill Sr. said, sitting at his kitchen table. Thanksgiving Day, it will be filled with over a dozen people, but there’s one less seat at the table. "It's the worst thing that could ever happen to you,” Carter Hill Sr. said.
Operation Close Pass saw the officers cycling on roads in the vicinity of County Hall. A marked police motorcycle stopped any drivers who passed too close to the officers on their bikes and offered them the chance to return to the Operation Close Pass base, where they were educated on the rules and regulations in the Highway Code in relation to safely passing cyclists and motorcyclists.
The day before Thanksgiving has been promoted on social media as “Blackout Wednesday,” “Danksgiving” (related to marijuana use), “Drinksgiving,” and so on. These cute nicknames come with tragedy, however. More than 800 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period (from 6:00 p.m. Wednesday to 5:59 a.m. Monday) between 2013 and 2017. It’s one of the deadliest holidays on our roads.
Ford’s Transport Operations team partnered with the London Cycling campaign to bring Ford’s ‘WheelSwap’ VR experience to life. ‘WheelSwap’, which is part of Ford’s ‘Share The Road’ campaign, allows motorists to experience a journey from a cyclist’s perspective, and vice versa.
To help protect Virginians from falling victim to vehicle thefts this holiday season, the Virginia State Police (VSP) Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) program is rolling out the red carpet with a prevention video.
Three major factors contribute to auto accidents that we like to call the three “D’s”: drowsy, distracted and drunk driving. If you choose to drive this Thanksgiving, we hope that you keep these potential hazards in mind before you get behind the wheel.
According to a study by a University of Kansas professor and a San Diego doctor, there’s been a 7 percent drop in ambulance calls since Uber started up in hundreds of U.S. cities. Kirkland, a Richmond-area Uber and Lyft driver, says the reason for these calls for rides to the hospital is pretty clear - cost.
Philadelphia police are trying to track down 4 drivers in a series of deadly hit-and-run crashes over the weekend. One teen victim may have survived if the driver had stopped, says his grieving father.
NHTSA’s research reveals that males are more likely to be unbuckled than females in a fatal crash, and that younger drivers are also at greater risk of being unbuckled. The 13- to 15-year-old and 18- to 34-year-old age groups had the highest percentages (62% and 59%, respectively) of occupants killed who were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crash. This Thanksgiving reach out to your friends and family members that might not be wearing their seat belt and remind them of all they have to be thankful for, and to buckle up – every trip, every time.
UPS has thousands of drivers on the streets every day, but John Manderscheid is one of a kind. John's worn the UPS "browns" for four decades. He's been accident-free for 35 years. That's a distinction few other drivers have.
New Jersey police say 57-year-old Christopher Greyshock, of West Milford, was charged after he rear-ended another vehicle about 5:15 p.m. Sunday. The crash came about an hour after his team, the New York Jets, lost 41-10 to the Buffalo Bills. Authorities say Greyshock told responding officers: "I drank too much because the Jets suck."
Walker suggested that drivers believe cyclists who wear helmets are more serious, experienced and predictable than those who ride without, and motorists, therefore, overtake them with less care. Drivers may also wrongly assume that cycle helmets – usually made from expanded-polystyrene – are forms of armor that will protect cyclists in any impact from motor vehicles.
RI Waves is a public awareness campaign working to encourage all road users – pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, skateboarders, and others – to acknowledge one another with a wave. Waving is a simple exchange and confirmation that we notice each other before proceeding or crossing – so we can all get to wherever we are going safely.
Amazon’s deal to create one of its two new HQ2 sites in Arlington calls for the state to spend close to $200 million on sustainable transportation improvements to make life better for 25,000 new workers. The most eye-catching project? A 900-foot pedestrian bridge across the George Washington Parkway.
Research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that when a teen driver has only teen passengers in their vehicle, the fatality rate for all people involved in a crash increased 51 percent. In comparison, when passengers over the age of 35 ride with a teen driver, overall fatality rates in crashes decreased 8 percent.
First documented in 2007, a "Sneckdown" is a place where snow helps show city planners where extra space has been alloted for vehicle travel that could be used otherwise. Check out this Streetfilm from 2006 that explains!
"They're probably the most effective deterrence strategy we can apply," says James Fell of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. Where checkpoints are conducted routinely in a community — that is, on a weekly basis — they can result in a 20 percent reduction in alcohol-related fatal crashes.
Biking in the winter doesn’t have to be hard, she said, but it requires a different approach. Even without ice or snow, leftover sand on the roads can be a hazard for bikers. An important part of winter biking is having the proper equipment, Duggan said. At the seminar, she showed some equipment that casual bikers may not be aware of.
Last week, the country saw a trio of tragedies at school bus stops that took a total of four children’s lives. While the details of each incident aren’t entirely known, preliminary reports indicate that each was preventable.
The permitting regulations include a $500 fee regardless of fleet size; only a total of 200 scooters will be allowed in the city; riders must be 18 or older; companies must conduct outreach to low-income communities and offer reduced cost plans; and companies must provide monthly data to the city
Drivers nationwide can participate in a safe driving contest "Because Anthony" by Textninja and the Anthony Phoenix Branca Foundation. Also in 2019, students in Tallahassee Florida can compete for scholarship money!
“What we’re trying to do is change the social norm around drinking and driving in this country by giving people a device that allows them to make smarter and better informed decisions,” CDOT spokesman Sam Cole said. “At one point in history, we had vehicles with no speedometer in them. People had to guess if they were being safe with speed. Now, most people rely on how they feel (after drinking), they rely on a guess, they rely on subjective cues to help keep them safe.”
“The bigger picture is that self-driving technologies are moving really fast, and they have significant potential to improve safety and mobility,” says William Wallace, a policy analyst in Washington for Consumers Union, the advocacy division of Consumer Reports. “But we’re concerned that companies may be racing to be the first instead of racing to be the safest.”
Together they will focus on the effects of distracted driving interventions. The interventions will be delivered to users’ smartphones – “nudging” them to reduce distraction. The study is part of a $1.84 million grant provided by the Federal Highway Administration to Penn Medicine.
Just Think. It's a lifesaving message about safe driving that's paying off for one Norfolk teen. The Create Real Impact contest, which began in 2009, rewards students, ages 14-22, for creative works that warn young drivers about the dangers of distracted driving, the number one killer of teens.
"Unfortunately, across the nation we see a lot of pedestrian injuries during Halloween," said Jill Lucas Drakeford, Carilion Safe Kids Coalition. "Kids are so excited. They're running from house to house, and we have a lot of distracted drivers out on the road so we need make to sure they're being really careful when they're walking and that they're seen."
Second grader Daniel Chia from Alhambra, CA, and fourth grader Lynn Sun, from Livingston, NJ, won top honors for their artwork that demonstrate that everyone who uses the roads has a role to play in safety. This includes large trucks and buses, cars, bicyclists and pedestrians. The two winners were joined by 10 other talented students who were also recognized for their participation in the contest.
Chesterfield residents increasingly are seeking ways to safely get from place to place without using a car, and the county government is working to gradually address that demand. In 2015, the Board of Supervisors approved a plan that guides long-term development of a 362-mile, countywide network of bikeways, trails, sidewalks and shared-use paths. The board signed off the following year on ordinances needed to implement the plan.
With the goal of increasing child safety, researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) have released a new study about child ridership and child safety seat use in ride-share vehicles. They have also published a corresponding website to help educate the public on various child restraint guidelines across the country, kidsridesafe.org.
When it's time for a new driver's first set of wheels, many young people and their parents opt for something cute and inexpensive — in other words, small. In terms of safety, that's a mistake. IIHS recently conducted a pair of front-to-front crash tests demonstrating what happens to small cars and minicars — even new ones with stellar safety ratings — when they collide with larger used vehicles from the same manufacturer. The results show the importance of size and weight when it comes to occupant protection.
AAA Oklahoma warns motorists to be prepared for sun glare during their morning commute and for reduced visibility on the road during their evening commute. The time change also can cause disturbed sleep patterns, and when combined with the earlier dusk and darkness during the evening commute, become a formula for drowsy driving and fatigue-related crashes.
For National Teen Driver Safety Week 2018, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and State Farm collaborated on a survey aimed at learning what young people have to say about the advances in vehicle technology happening all around them. The survey asked the youth about existing advanced vehicle technology as well as fully autonomous vehicles.
We all talk about the problem of teen distracted driving. Insurers have special programs that promote safe driving for teens. Parents rank texting and driving among their top concerns for their teen drivers. But what do teens think about distracted driving themselves? To find out, we asked teen drivers who use TrueMotion Family, our app that helps parents and teens monitor driving behaviors. The full results are below.
The Distilled Spirits Council reports that since the foundation’s inception almost three decades ago, “driving fatalities have decreased 31% and lifetime alcohol consumption among our nation’s youth has decreased 48%.”
In a press release, NHTSA said the company had received permission to temporarily import the driverless shuttle for testing and demos. Specifically, NHTSA said that Transdev requested permission to use the shuttle for a demo project, “not as a school bus.”
Microsleep usually occurs if a person fights sleep and tries to remain awake. Your eyelids start drooping and your brain goes to sleep involuntarily. You fall asleep for a few seconds and wake up with a sudden head jerk.
The 34-mile long, $20 billion bridge took almost a decade to build while incurring major delays and cost overruns. It includes an undersea tunnel allowing ships to pass through the Pearl River delta, the heart of China’s crucial manufacturing sector.
Its opening will cut travel time across the delta from several hours to just 30 minutes
In Tucson, the Living Streets Alliance is trying to make city streets safer and more accessible to local cyclists. A 2014 study from the Arizona Department of Transportation showed that out-of-state bicycle tourists bring in $88 million each year to Arizona. This created 721 jobs throughout the state for the demand of organized cycling events. The continued efforts for safer conditions in the community, Henley says, is a driving force for these numbers.
The Montgomery Police Department is reminding motorists how dangerous impaired driving is, especially as Halloween trick-or-treating brings little children out into the neighborhoods and busy streets. MPD said those who plant to celebrate Halloween should remember the warning, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."
The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has authorised rumble strips - also known as sleeper lines, alert strips and wake up calls - to be painted on the shoulder lines and between undivided dual carriageways of the N2 and N3 around Durban - in an effort to alert inattentive drivers of potential danger when they drift from their lane. International studies have shown that run-off-road (ROR) crashes can account for a large majority of the fatal single-vehicle crashes.
For the third time in just two weeks, a person on-the-job was hit along a Central Virginia highway. The latest incident was Friday morning on Powhite Parkway where a highway construction worker was rushed to the hospital after being struck by a hit-and-run driver.
“Pedestrians are more difficult to see when the sun rises later and sets earlier, increasing the risk of crashes,” said Ray Starr, acting state traffic engineer for Minnesota. “Motorists and pedestrians are equally at fault when we look at the crash data. Both groups need to know and obey the laws because basically we’re all pedestrians at some point in our day.”
Speaking at the launch, Minister Shane Ross described the measure as a significant step to clamp down on drink-driving. Drivers over the limit will be disqualified from holding a driving licence for a period of 3 months and receive a fine of €200.
ore than a century ago, the company now known as UPS started as a simple courier service in Seattle. A handful of messengers would deliver packages by bicycle and by foot. Today, the United Parcel Service returns to its roots. UPS has partnered with the Seattle Department of Transportation and University of Washington to make deliveries using electric-assist cargo bikes in downtown Seattle.
We want you to submit your clever message to help make our roadways safer for everyone! If your message is a winner, it will be seen by travelers statewide. Winner perks include a personalized sign and a social media shout-out to our 100K followers!
Too many teens are dying on roadways, and in response the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will observe National Teen Driver Safety Week Oct. 21-27. Automobile crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. youth ages 15 to 18—ahead of all other types of injury, disease or violence. A total of 1,972 teen drivers of passenger vehicles were involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes in 2015, and 99,000 sustained injuries.
As of September 30, traffic crash fatalities are down 11 percent year to date, which is the largest decrease of Georgia traffic fatalities in 10 years. In addition, reports say there have been 128 fewer fatalities in 2018 over 2017, year to date.
At roughly $200 a pop, that means Norton has issued $643,800 in collectible civil fines in less than three weeks, and that's just with the camera operating three hours a day six days a week. Norton implemented the use of the DragonCam last month in an attempt to slow down motorists and reduce the number of crashes on the highway, as it's been under construction since 2016 and sparked a jump in accidents in each direction.
The video, which some may find distressing, shows the moment a truck driver takes his eye off a busy motorway to check his phone, and ends up ploughing into several vehicles at high speed, which killed a mom and her three young children.
They aren't working together, but both automakers have the same goals in mind. Crashes at intersections account for roughly 20 percent of all traffic-related deaths each year, which is why both automakers and suppliers are determined to create smart intersections that use cutting-edge tech to prevent some (or, ideally, all) of these deaths.
"Virginia is for Racing Lovers SkyDeck brings the action of NASCAR closer than ever to race fans,” Virginia Tourism Corporation President and CEO Rita McClenny said. “The Martinsville Speedway SkyDeck provides a fun and enjoyable way to see the race with the vibe of a rooftop experience.”
Members of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) are being challenged to spread the word about the risks teen drivers face when having too many passengers in the vehicle, in the annual #DrivingSkills101 campaign sponsored by The National Road Safety Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes safe driving, and SADD.
A new report on streetlights — that most crucial, yet oft-overlooked infrastructure element — shows that pedestrians deaths plummeted in the Motor City from an average of 24 per year to just one, thanks to a two-year, $185-million effort that replaced 65,000 lights in a city where 40 percent were not working in 2014.
Prestige Limousine has had vehicles inspected five times in the past five years and had four vehicles taken out of service, according to Department of Transportation records. That rate is four times the national average, the records show.
David Boyer, a longtime Virginia commercial truck driver, has seen his share of accidents after 47 years and more than 60 million miles on the road. But when he saw a teenager speed past his truck and collide underneath a flatbed truck ahead, the commercial truck driver was left with a moment he won't soon forget. “She drove completely under it and never hit the brakes,” said Boyer.
Col. James Schnelle, who’s 48 and was commander of the Marine Rotational Force in Darwin where he led more than 1,500 Marines, pleaded guilty Monday to driving with more than twice the legal blood alcohol concentration.
A Canadian Automobile Association study done in July and released late last week found 1.9 million Ontario motorists have driven while high on cannabis, with more than 735,000 admitting to doing so in the last three months.
According to police, the log truck was stopped at a red light when the second vehicle slammed into the rear. When the vehicles collided, a log went through the front windshield and all the way through to the back glass.
A month into the school year, transportation problems in Chesterfield County schools are still rampant. “We can’t keep letting 22 percent of people be late,” said School Board member Carrie Coyner. Not only are buses late — the length of time they’re late is worse than last year for the majority of schools
We determined that the best cities are the ones that don’t cater to one specific type of rider—be it the daily commuter or competitive roadie. The ones that top our list have built systems and a riding culture that benefits everyone—from the kid who rides to school to the retiree who takes a weekend trip to the grocery store.
Honda Motor Co. has fitted a downtown Marysville intersection with cameras, computers and artificial intelligence that can warn equipped vehicles of a jaywalker out of sight around a corner or a speeding car about to run a red light.
Judge Glenn Croshaw ordered Hancock to serve 16 years in prison for killing the Coast Guardsman in a drunken, wrong-way crash on Interstate 264 last year. Dill had been serving as a designated driver so his wife and some friends could enjoy a night out.
A Hanover County firefighter was killed Thursday night when a tractor-trailer struck a firetruck that was providing assistance on Interstate 295. He was charged with reckless driving and cited for defective brakes. Troopers said additional charges are pending.
Far north of where Michael made landfall, flash flooding and treacherous roads in Virginia have claimed at least five lives, including a firefighter responding to a crash and a man swept away after his vehicle was swamped.
Offered by the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP), the 2018 Halloween SoberRide® program will be in operation beginning at 10 p.m. Oct. 27 and continue until 4 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, as a way to keep local roads safe from impaired drivers during this traditionally high-risk holiday.
Teens from Chicagoland, Illinois and neighboring states are being invited to help spread the word about the dangers of drowsy driving, as the fifth annual Drive Safe Chicago PSA Contest launches. The contest, which invites teens to submit ideas for a 30-second public service announcement about drowsy driving, is sponsored by The National Road Safety Foundation in conjunction with the Chicago Auto Show, which runs from Feb. 9 – 18, 2019 at McCormick Place.
From 2015 to 2016, Kansas saw a 21 percent increase in driving fatalities. Seventeen percent of those fatalities involved drivers over 65- the third-highest percentage in the nation for drivers of that age group, in response, AARP is offering over 20 totally-free AARP Driver Safety courses scheduled in October.
Dupré's research has shown that working night hours alone does not cause fatigue. Dupré is more concerned after a driver alters his or her normal shifts. This immediately impacts sleeping and eating patterns, potentially making a driver more vulnerable to fatigue, regardless of age or health.
"We're talking about people doing anything behind the wheel of a motor vehicle that takes their attention away from the safe operation of that vehicle." Tips include: Put your cellphone on Do-Not-Disturb mode, have your passengers answer messages for you, or toss it in the back seat. If you are using GPS, enter your destination ahead of time and if you drop something, don't fumble around for it.
As parents and teens create their last minute Homecoming to-do lists (you know the drill: pick up homecoming mums and boutonnieres, make hair appointments, and choose the perfect location for pictures) don’t forget to place a “safe driving reminder” at the top of the list. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States, and there are a multitude of risks associated with Homecoming night festivities including nighttime driving, additional teen passengers and impaired driving.
It's important for the drivers themselves to understand the cognitive processes occurring when they drive while distracted, so they understand and appreciate the individual impact they have on the road and on their company as well as their responsibility to practice safe driving. Fleet Owner provides tips for creating a culture of safety!
The US Department of Transportation released its third instalment of its voluntary autonomous-vehicle guidelines. Under the new rules... the DOT will also adapt its definitions of ‘driver’ and ‘operator’ to reflect that they no longer always refer to a human and can also encompass automated systems.
Under a bill proposed by Republican Jeff Tarte of Mecklenburg County, any touching of a cell phone or tablet or other mobile device while you are behind the wheel will get you a ticket. In other words, you won’t be allowed to even have it in your hand, not legally. Tarte plans to introduce the bill in a 2019 session of the N.C. General Assembly, and appropriately it is nicknamed the Hands-Free bill.
While millennials are often thought to be the greatest culprits of such behaviour, the survey found that 59 per cent of respondents ages 18-34 have asked a driver to stop using a mobile device while at the wheel of a vehicle. That’s the highest percentage of any age group.
Four teens were taken on a frightening ride Saturday, when their driving instructor hit multiple curbs, made unprofessional comments, cursed incessantly and stopped for food during a lesson, according to two of the students in the car.
Last year Missouri drivers saw 4,000 deer collisions, resulting in 400 injuries and 7 deaths. Sgt. Jason Pace with the Highway Patrol says these aren't just happening in rural areas. "About 25% of traffic crashes that we see where a car has struck that deer have occurred in urbanized areas as well," Pace says.
Sgt. Pace says staying calm and not jerking the wheel can save your life.
Iraheta and his father were finishing work on the driveway in the area of Sudley and Catharpin roads when the crash occurred about 2:30 a.m. They were putting their tools away in a pickup that was facing the wrong way on Sudley Road. The headlights and flashers were on, but they saw a car coming toward them.
Police say the 18-year-old driver of the Mustang lost control of the vehicle. The Mustang left the freeway and went through the grass, striking a truck driving on the access road, causing it to roll over.
The number of teenagers dying in car crashes is on the rise.
It’s the leading cause of death and injury in teens, who have the highest rate of motor vehicle accidents among all age groups in the U.S.
Why are teens so prone to accidents? Dr. Mallika Marshall says it’s because they are inherently immature, lack experience, engage in risky behaviors and often think of themselves as invincible.
Along with the many other areas of life affected by not getting enough sleep, inadequate shuteye also significantly increases the chances of causing a motor-vehicle crash. By how much? A new study took a shot at quantifying an answer to that question, and the results may surprise you.
Independence comes with a steep safety risk for new teen drivers, according to recent research from the National Institutes of Health.
Using software and cameras installed in vehicles, researchers collected data from 90 teens and 131 of their parents from the start of the driver learning period through the first year of independent driving. Results showed that the teens’ chances of being involved in a crash or near collision were eight times greater in the first three months after becoming licensed drivers than during the previous three months, when they had a learner’s permit and drove under supervision.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will conduct multiple public listening sessions regarding an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on its hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers.
Sharon Johnson of Atwater said she "always" wears a seatbelt. On Friday — as she was going through the Burger King drive-thru on First Street in Willmar — she got a dollar for being buckled up. So did 116 other motorists in Willmar and New London during a a special education campaign called "Buckle up for a Buck." Coordinated by the Kandiyohi County Traffic Education and Safety Team, dollar bills and information about the benefits of wearing seat belts were handed out by local law enforcement and emergency medical service staff.
In 2015, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. If you text and drive, your next message may be your last. Visit nhtsa.gov/distraction to sign the pledge to drive phone-free today.
As the 16 Monster Energy Series Playoff drivers come to the first of two short tracks in the playoffs, Richmond's ¾-mile D-shaped oval is expected to be as action-packed as ever for the Federated Auto Parts 400. This will be Earnhardt's first race since his retirement in 2017, and it could be his last.
Between distracted drivers and rush hour traffic, getting from point A to point B in your car on a good day is hard enough. But when it's pouring rain outside, it can be downright scary. This short video shares tips for driving safely in the rain.
In this short video you’ll meet a couple toward the end of their decades-long journey together, and travel back through their memories to a point where distracted driving could have wrecked their world.
The purpose of the campaign was to put a stop to dangerous driving behaviors like speeding, distracted driving, and unsafe lane changes. The enforcement week did just that, issuing in almost 90,000 warnings and almost 60,000 citations.
When you take the #FrankieChallenge pledge below, you are making a promise to truly value your life and the lives of others. You are agreeing to always consider the consequences of your actions. You are dedicating to make your teen years safe and alcohol-free.
According to Virginia Beach officials, the hit and run happened in the 5000 block of Blackwater Road when a truck hit the bus then drove off. None of the 14 students were injured. The bus driver reported minor injuries but refused treatment.
As well as driving safely, a Virginia trucker must inspect his or her rig before setting out on a trip. These inspections should be more than cursory. If the driver misses an obvious defect like cargo that’s improperly secured and it later causes a crash, the trucker and the trucking company may be held liable in a subsequent personal injury lawsuit.
Troopers say they found 37 year old James Deamer of West Hines, West Virginia swerving in and out of the road on a John Deere riding lawnmower. Police say Deamer refused a breath test and had previous drunk driving convictions.
An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety survey of 1,500 parents of driving-age teens revealed there’s more than a few people who don’t realize the power they have over their kid’s night out. By programming the vehicle’s top speed, audio volume limit, and ensuring the system’s Do Not Disturb feature remains operational, parents can be assured that their child’s evening more closely resembles Driving Miss Daisy than Days of Thunder.
The non-obtrusive device will measure the driver’s blood alcohol level and, if it is the legal limit of 0.08 or higher, the car will start but the driver won’t be able to move it. In contrast to current interlock devices that don’t allow the car to turn on, this new device will allow the driver to turn on the car so they can charge their phone to call a cab or order a ride-hailing service to get home.
Cellcontrol celebrates more than 140 million blocked apps, more than 49 million blocked text messages, and nearly 12 million blocked calls. With more than 100,000 subscribers protected by Cellcontrol, the company also eclipsed protecting drivers over 2 billion miles traveled and blocked more than 200 million unique distractions.
From all inspections, inspectors identified 11,897 vehicles with out-of-service conditions and 2,664 drivers with out-of-service conditions. Of the North American Standard (NAS) Level I Inspections conducted, 21.6 percent of commercial motor vehicles were placed out of service. Of all NAS Level I, II and III Inspections, 3.9 percent of drivers inspected were placed out of service.
The City of Roanoke has just installed the first rectangular rapid flashing beacon at the intersection of Dale Avenue and 19th Street in front of Fallon Park. "Virginia is a yield to pedestrian state law. The law is that if you see a pedestrian use the crosswalk, you have to yield to them."
Approximately 1 out of 25 adults aged 18 years and older surveyed reported that they had fallen asleep while driving in the past 30 days. Individuals who snored or slept 6 hours or less per day were more likely to fall asleep while driving.
The most common thing drivers do when they’re faced with bright sunshine are sunglasses. Wearing a pair of sunglasses will help to block the glare, not just the brightness. They help you focus on the things you need to while driving, including the traffic lights, pedestrians, road signs and other road users.
The peer pressure associated with peanut allergies is palpable. All in the name of public safety. A reasonable person would guess peanut allergies kill hundreds of unsuspecting children each year. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 13 Americans were killed by peanut allergies in a 10-year period. Meanwhile, in the very same universe...over 400,000 Americans were killed in traffic crashes during a 10-year period. America’s “normal” is to lose 30,000 to 40,000 friends and family members every year in traffic.
Kennedy says the experience was intense, "Everything was super blurry for the drunk driving scenario. I was squinting trying to fix things. Before I knew it, a little movement in the steering wheel turned into exaggerated movement, and I was in the grass. There were cars in the other lane coming at me and then it was too late."
With over 55 million children across the United States heading back to school, AAA warns drivers to be especially vigilant for pedestrians before and after school hours. The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous – over the last decade, nearly one in four child pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Of those, almost all (89 percent of the total) followed the rules perfectly, while another 4 percent entered the intersection just before the light changed to green. Only 6 percent of riders were observed heading directly through the red light.
The problem is twofold. First, traffic data shows that 65 percent of drivers go over 40 miles per hour on the 35 mph street. The data also shows that many speeders are going excessively fast — upwards of 55 mph — making the street intimidating to cross on foot. Brook’s traffic volume is well below the federally recognized threshold for a “road diet” — the process of right-sizing an overbuilt road to slow speeds and better manage traffic — and is ideal for bike lanes.
We drive past the crashes, numbed to their frequency, by how they add up. But they do: 640 people a year die on Houston-area roads, and 2,850 more are seriously injured. The death toll is the equivalent of three fully-loaded 737s crashing each year at Houston's airports, killing all aboard.
Turns out there’s a lot of latent demand for a quick and cheap way to get around. Most scooter trips are 1 to 2 miles long, and the companies themselves pitch scooters as filling the “last mile” in transit, expanding the reach of a transit station or a bus stop.
According to NIOSH, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of work-related deaths among people ages 16 to 24 in the United States. From 2003 to 2010, 843 workers in this age group died in on-the-job motor vehicle crashes.
Utilizing technology and coaching can reduce the possibility of behavior leading to an incident or accident. It’s easy to understand how technologies such as lane departure warning systems, stability controls, and speed monitoring systems help increase safety; they prevent habits such as swerving, weaving, and speeding from taking place.
As part of the pact, Toyota will manufacture Sienna minivans equipped with Uber’s self-driving technology, and another company will operate the fleet, said the person. They have yet to identify the third partner.
The Green T is a new concept that keeps traffic moving constantly in one direction and improves the turn lane, without the use of a traffic light. This article contains a VDOT link on how to navigate these innovative intersections!
It’s important that teen drivers realize it only takes one text, one drink, one call, one reach or one distraction to cause one fatal moment; but that one clicked seat belt could be the difference between life or death in a car crash.
High travel speeds increase the risk of crashing and the risk of injuries when a crash occurs. Speeding, defined on police crash reports as exceeding the posted speed limit, driving too fast for conditions, or racing has been a factor in more than a quarter of U.S. crash deaths for more than 30 years.
Crews arrived to the scene find two boys, a 7-year-old and a 4-year-old, with life-threatening injuries and two seriously injured adults. All were taken to the hospital. Police confirmed the 4-year-old, Elias Camacho, of Richmond, later died at the hospital.
Parents know that driving can be fun, that it can be liberating, but that it can also be dangerous. To ease this concern and establish a basis of trust, a parent-driver contract provides the opportunity to form an open line of communication about the importance of safety and the expectations that come with the new and profound responsibility of driving.
The Lorain County Safe Communities Coalition is accepting design submissions from county high school students for billboards advocating for teen driver safety. Elyria police Capt. Christopher Costantino said campaigns using signage or bumper stickers advocating driver safety are effective and well-conducted, even if the problems continue to resurface.
West Virginia Troopers received three be-on -the lookout alerts for the bus from calls stating the school bus was weaving in and out of lanes and driving recklessly. One officer spotted the bus weaving across the center line multiple times while it traveled northbound on U.S. 119 in Boone County, the complaint said. The officer then made a traffic stop for the bus.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety said road debris was a factor in more than 200,000 police-reported crashes across the country from 2011 to 2014. Two in three debris-related crashes result from things falling from a vehicle due to improper maintenance or an unsecured load.
“The more people we have looking at those crash records, those safety records, the more likely you are to find different solutions that we haven’t thought of before," said Robert Miles, director of traffic and safety at the Utah Department of Transportation.
Communities built around transit tend to have safer walking and biking amenities, fewer parking lots and safer street design. Such features, as well as higher population density, make it easier for people to make shorter car trips, or avoid them all together — reducing their overall exposure to crashes.
He said, "We are going to use everybody in this office, other employee groups who are certified to drive a school bus by the Commonwealth of Virginia. You have to have that certification... The primary mission is to get children safely to and from their places of instruction," said Transportation Director for Virginia Beach City Public Schools, David Pace.
"When you drive around in a marked police car you don't see violations. Very few violations are going to occur in front of a marked police car. Some of the most dangerous behavior we've seen has been documented from these unmarked cars. They are extremely effective to target the worst case scenario," CCPD Lt. Chris Hooper said.
With Labor Day fast-approaching, Safewise set out to determine which state has the most dangerous roadways! The number one cause of death for Americans aged five to twenty-four is car crashes—and nearly one-third of fatal crashes in 2016 were caused by impaired driving.
Matos has driven up alongside motorists with his lights on but the drivers who are cruising at 85 mph are too busy texting to notice him. “Until [motorists] get into an accident, they feel they are invincible, honestly.”
Jeffery Woods, 53, is charged with emergency vehicle-failure to yield, emergency vehicle-approaching improperly, fleeing vehicle, reckless driving, obstructing an officer, obstructing a firefighter directing traffic and obstructing a firefighter. Any other charges are pending lab results.
The $1.8 million project is one of a series around the Richmond region to improve pedestrian safety. VDOT will add sidewalks, ramps, crosswalks and accessible pedestrian signals. For a list of intersections to be affected, follow the link above.
University College London data indicates that 42% of surveyed drivers report having been in at least one crash on the job before, and of those, 8% indicate they were injured, while 2% indicate others were injured. 63% of the survey group was never given any formal training in road safety.
Some people just can’t suppress the urge to test the technology’s artificial reflexes. Waymo, which is owned by Alphabet Inc., routinely encounters pedestrians who deliberately try to “prank” its cars, continually stepping in front of them, moving away and then stepping back in front of them, to impede their progress.
This summer, VDOT released its Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, identifying 19 high-priority crash clusters across Virginia on which to focus. VDOT determines crash clusters based on whether or not an area had a strong history of pedestrian crashes with similar characteristics between 2012 and 2016.
For the most part, I-81 in Virginia is two lanes in each direction, essentially what was planned in 1958 and constructed until the early 1970s with a few modifications since. In the four decades since, vehicular traffic — both automobiles and tractor-trailers — has increased exponentially.
"Why isn’t there more ability to cross the road here? Where is the lighting?" Henrico's Commonwealth Attorney Shannon Taylor said after the fatal accident she emailed Brian Moran, Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, asking if anything could be done to make the area safer.
Using eye-tracking equipment, researchers from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering have found that more than half of drivers at busy intersections fail to make the necessary scans for pedestrians or cyclists at right turns.
Checkpoint Strikeforce describes the period of increased enforcement to combat the rise in drunk driving deaths during Labor Day weekend. It will take place from August 17 through Labor Day weekend, and resume periodically during holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Eve.
Farmington Police sat in the cab of a parked, camouflage-colored Freightliner tractor looking down at vehicles to see if drivers were violating the state’s distracted driving laws. If he saw a driver in violation of the law... he alerted an officer in a nearby cruiser.
Using vehicle-to-vehicle communications, the company's system successfully stopped the first truck from hitting a stationary object, and simultaneously stopped the electronically linked truck in the back from crashing into the back of that lead truck.
"I honestly wish it was me instead of her," the teen says.
Authorities said the car ran off the road, flipped over several times and crashed into a tree. The force of the 106mph crash uprooted the tree.
The first new law, which goes into effect next July, imposes a harsher penalty on drivers caught using a phone behind the wheel without a hands-free device, making the penalty $75 for a first offense.
The second law adds the “Dutch Reach” method of opening car doors to Illinois’ Rules of the Road manual and adds bike safety questions to the state driver’s license exam.
According to court documents, the solider told officers he was coming from a bar, but did not have anything to drink. Documents state that he then later told police he had had "about 3 or 4 shots of vodka."
Once cars are machine-driven, any pedestrian-driver communication gets a lot harder. So how does a woman walking or a kid biking check in with a car to know it's safe to cross the street? That's where Ford's "language" comes in. Ford's been testing a windshield light bar for more than 180 hours and in 2,300 miles in urban areas — to communicate a vehicle's intent to other road users.
The UVA team believes its app is different from others in that it allows users to generate routes based on alternative factors that they can assign importance to, such as cost, safety and exercise level. The app takes into consideration the cost of tolls, parking garages and public transportation, including bike-share services.
New York credits its "Vision Zero" program for a 44 per cent drop in pedestrian deaths since 2014, with overall traffic fatalities down by 27 per cent. The first half of 2018 has seen the fewest traffic-related fatalities in any six-month period ever measured in America's most populated city, officials say.
"We have found situations where the vehicles under semi-automated control may do things that can put you and your passengers at risk, and so you really need to be on top of it to prevent that from happening," said David Zuby, the institute's chief research officer.
About 90% of all traffic collisions are caused by driver error, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, and crashes often occur due to aggressive drivers. The best way to avoid a crash is to drive defensively.
In the wake of a toddler’s death, the city is making changes on L Street – including removing parking spaces near cross walks, adding yield signs and painting lines that change the contour of the street to make it appear more curved instead of a straight shot.
TrafficCast — a national leader in traffic data and technology that’s based in Wilmington, Del. — created the design challenge in search of “fresh designs and innovative ideas to power a better mobility solution” for daily travelers.
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released the update to its renowned Crash Predictor Model, which statistically quantifies the likelihood of future crash involvement based on specific truck driving behaviors.
A new study conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance reveals that more than a third (37 percent) of parents admit to not enforcing punishments when their teen breaks a rule – or even the law while driving.
"Our officers go out on deployments where they're just looking for distracted driving, just like they do when they're just looking for speeders in a certain area."
Dugan says the speed limit is posted for a reason and drivers should follow it.
A St. Catharines man has been arrested after allegedly assaulting, threatening and chasing a group of teenagers, driving his vehicle "dangerously... over grass, gardens, stones, and ditches," narrowly missing the teenagers.
The King County Target Zero Task Force recently conducted a study to learn how well motorists understand and adhere to the law. The study found that a number of drivers are still unsure if it is legal to enter information into a GPS system while driving (only if it can be done with a single touch), use a cell phone while stopped at an intersection (illegal), or dial 9-1-1 while driving in the case of an emergency (legal).
He was sentenced to three years and three months in a young offenders institution for the serious injury by dangerous driving charges, one year for aggravated vehicle taking, to run concurrently, and 18 months for the ABH charges, also to run concurrently.
The signs are up at low lying roads across the DC region, warning of high water. Some don’t listen. In Annandale, Tuesday morning the driver of a car on Woodburn Road found himself up Accotink Creek without a paddle.
Overall, on the three test routes, there were 55 violations between May 7 and 18 without the use of the extended stop arms, but between May 21 and June 5, the number of violations were reduced to six, an 89 percent improvement.
More teens and young adults are dying in car crashes, because of a simple choice, not to wear a seat belt. It takes less than two seconds to do and it could save your life but many teens are choosing not to wear one.
What is road literacy? You understand what is taking place in your environment in the present moment, you can imagine what could happen in the next, and realizing what your role is in affecting the next future moments for yourself and everyone else in that space.
Driving laps around the neighbourhood at 4am is a technique many parents have used to help their restless baby fall asleep. Now scientists believe they might understand how cars can make us drowsy and their research shows it's not just limited to babies.
The ramp closure would initially be done as a four-month pilot program so Virginia could present the data to the Federal Highway Administration as part of a request to make the afternoon closure permanent.
The speed limit on Brook Road is 35 miles per hour, but the 2017 traffic study clocked 65% of traffic exceeding 40 mph, and around 2,500 vehicles per day exceeding 45 miles per hour. The road would be restructured to include room for parking, a bike lane, and one vehicular traffic lane in each direction.
On April 25th, 2018 the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s unannounced Brake Safety Day ended with 3.8% of inspections issuing an out of service violation. CVSA's "Operation Safe Driver" week began July 16th.
An Oregon law that went into effect July 1 raises the penalties for distracted driving with each offense, culminating in possible jail time. A first offense that doesn't contribute to a crash carries a fine of up to $1,000, while the fine for a second offense or first offense contributing to a crash can be as high as $2,000.
“Everybody agrees that we have a crisis, and it needs to be addressed.” Two of the counties in Simmons’ Mississippi Delta district shut down more than 30 bridges each. Those closures can reroute residents on 40- to 50-mile detours, and they can prevent firefighters and paramedics from getting to residents quickly.
Delaware, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, and Tennessee will receive funds that will be used to produce traffic safety videos, run peer-to-peer projects, host safety events, create safety kits and run safety-themed contests.
Teenage drivers are eight times more likely to be involved in a collision or near miss during the first three months after getting a driver's license, according to a study led by the National Institutes of Health.
It's very dangerous to drive when tired, but sometimes you get tired during a drive and don't realize it. This cushion is an invisible way to monitor a driver as they drive, alert them if drowsiness is detected, and help avoid an accident.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) “Large Truck Crash Causation Study” cites driver behavior as the critical reason for more than 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger vehicle crashes.
Veterans previously were able to purchase the veteran ID card for a one-time $10 fee. The DMV no longer will issue these veteran ID cards, but they do not expire so those who already have one will be able to continue to use it.
A new study from a team of researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) found that in the previous three months, about half of parents talked on a cell phone while driving when their children between the ages of 4 and 10 were in the car.
The first hackathon was held in Virginia Beach, where dozens of participants collaborated, developed and presented ideas on paving data, infrastructure inventory, and applications that reward driving distraction-free.
Because of a new law, HB1525, that went into effect on July 1, if you're caught texting or reading an email while driving near a highway work zone when "workers are present," you'll face a "mandatory" $250 fine.
Road fatalities from accidents with heavy goods vehicles are decreasing. However, Volvo Truck’s research shows that the same reduction is not being seen in accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians.
Studies show that 97% of the population experience a noticeable decline in performance when they try to do two or more things at once. The difference between driving and other activities is that multi-tasking while driving leads to accidents, injuries, and deaths.
SUMMER driving season, and the congestion it brings, coincides with prime road paving season. Travelers will be dealing with constant paving work across the state into November but VDOT has an online app to help drivers avoid the messy paving work.
D.C. Council Member Jack Evans, who also is the chairman of Metro's board, said funds for Metro have to come from somewhere. In April, he said he didn't think passengers would notice the tax increase "because they have no idea what they are going to pay anyway."
Retreat participants, including students and their YOVASO club advisors, will spend the week learning about how to reduce crash risks, studying negative consequences of poor driving behaviors, and training to serve as youth traffic safety advocates.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Phil Robinson and Matt Gurwell, a former trooper and CEO with Keeping Us Safe, met with more than 40 residents on adjustments seniors need to make with their driving behaviors.
Research into the dangers of using a car's touchscreen interface while driving has found that the computer display remains distracting, even when it isn't being used - and voice controls are no better.
While 48 states currently allow drivers to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) at 18, those same drivers are prohibited from driving in interstate commerce until they are 21. Under current federal law, a 20-year-old truck driver could not drive 14 miles from Springfield, Virginia to Washington D.C., but that same driver could haul a load from Arlington to Norfolk, Virginia, a more than six-hour drive roundtrip.
While driver satisfaction can be attributed to many factors, including technology that reduces paperwork and increase productive time spent on the road, pet companions provide benefits to their owners.
A Nissan Altima, driven by a male minor was taking the ramp from Broad Street to I-95 north. The Altima took the curve too fast and got stuck under a tractor trailer that was travelling along the interstate.
He announced the update on Twitter in response to a Twitter user who said his vehicle could not decide to allow a vehicle ahead of his to merge in front of him when lanes converged on a highway during heavy traffic.
Adding a teen driver is expensive. Not only does it mean possibly adding a vehicle, as well as car tags, gas, maintenance, school parking permits and so on, it also means your car insurance premium is about to rise dramatically.
We want all kids to have a great summer away from school and to be excited for their new journey in life after graduation. We also need to make sure they are aware of the dangers that these exciting times bring.
June is National Safety Month, and according to Omnitracs, improving fleet safety shouldn't just be a matter of reacting when an accident occurs. Here are four secrets from Omnitracs to boosting safety in your fleet.
New research from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration announced May 9 indicates what should be obvious but still seems to elude some shops and carriers: Cars are safer now because of new technology.