While driving under the influence was once the major focus of safety on the road, distracted driving of all kinds has gained national attention in recent years. Texting and driving has proven to be the latest serious road hazard; it has cost a number of lives, and 42 states have developed laws and campaigns against it.
The year 2020 dawned with a severe hit by the ever-powerful tsunami of COVID-19. Now, no day goes by without a deluge of scary reports in daily newspapers, TV and radio describing in graphic details, the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is collaborating with stakeholders in the manufacturing, infrastructure owner-operator, and public safety communities to study challenging, dynamic scenarios involving automated driving systems, such as encounters with public safety providers. The team will also address ways to facilitate communications between these systems and their supporting physical infrastructure.
In just a few weeks during the coronavirus pandemic, carsharing has pivoted to a new business model to serve essential workers in healthcare, food service, and deliveries who don’t have reliable wheels or want to avoid the health risk of public transportation.
As the daily coronavirus death toll slowly falls in Italy and cities in the country make plans for reopening, Milan is beginning to transform 22 miles of local streets, adding temporary bike lanes and wider sidewalks, and lowering the speed limit.
Automakers and technology companies are coming out with features aimed at reducing injuries and deaths related to distracted driving. Edmunds experts have selected five new car technologies designed to reduce distraction and help make you a safer driver.
Under a new executive order given by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, teenagers within the Peach State will no longer need to pass a formal driving test in order to secure a driver's license. Instead they'll just have to get the 'A-okay' from their parents.
Although the number of traffic accidents has dropped dramatically in the DC region during the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people dying in crashes has not fallen nearly as much and police say the reason involves speed.
Virginia DMV Highway Safety Office Director John Saunders said as of April 24, crashes overall in Virginia had decreased nearly 80 percent since Gov. Northam’s stay-at-home order went into effect in March but the number of fatal and non-fatal speed-related crashes increased compared to 2019.
According to new studies, statewide lockdowns may be helping lower the number of traffic fatalities. Many states, such as Illinois and Michigan, reported the number of fatal crashes dropped 57 percent and 67 percent respectively due to less traffic on the roads.
As Americans remain at home, many roads in cities, suburbs and rural areas are practically deserted. But the absence of traffic is a seductive draw for one type of driver: speeders.
“People are saying, ‘Wow, the roads are wide open. There’s no one here but me,’” said Pam Shadel Fischer, a senior director at the Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents state highway safety offices. “We’re seeing incredibly crazy, off-the-chart speed and aggressiveness.”
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) this week is joining transportation leaders around the country in reminding drivers that safety must always be top of mind when traveling through work zones.
A parent’s most important job is to keep their children safe. Imagine then, hearing your elementary school aged child say to you, “Mom/Dad, I don’t feel safe when you drive me and look at your phone.” For many parents that would be incredibly upsetting.
Movement data pointed to an increase in vehicle activity on Easter Sunday in several U.S. counties. This revelation comes as many states urge residents to avoid nonessential travel to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Netradyne released findings from a recent online survey of commercial drivers that indicates commercial drivers feel safe but acknowledge they could be safer, and that AI-powered driving technology can be both beneficial and concerning. Conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by Netradyne, 350 commercial drivers over the age of 18 were questioned for the survey.
Each fleet has a DNA of sorts, which is comprised of the procedures and regulations that are codified in its corporate fleet policy. It is these policies that determine the type of fleet that is operated and its characteristics.
Even as populations are homebound and cities have been brought to something of a standstill around the globe, there are people and goods that need to move, and especially now they need to do so efficiently as well as safely.
From Los Angeles to New York, London and Berlin, coronavirus lockdowns have drained traffic from normally crowded roads. That has opened space for drivers who want to defy police warnings and automated traffic enforcement systems to go racing in the streets. In London and Los Angeles, police said they have clocked drivers zooming down streets at over 100 miles an hour(160 km/h).
Motorists on a typical weekday log roughly 200,000 trips on North Carolina’s Triangle Expressway in the Raleigh-Durham region, many of them commuters headed to the state’s Research Triangle Park. But on the first Monday in April, just 69,000 tolls were collected.
Almost 231,000 American bridges — more than a third of the nation's bridges — need repair or should be completely replaced, according to analysis of federal data by an infrastructure investment advocacy group.
As more states issue stay-at-home orders, businesses shutter and employees work remotely where possible during the coronavirus pandemic, data shows that the U.S. is seeing an unprecedented reduction in traffic levels.
“I’m 51 and healthy, but I don’t want to get on the subway,” said John Donohue, a Brooklyn-based artist who bought a bike two weeks ago. Donohue, who doesn’t own a car, says he’s not sure when he’ll be comfortable on mass transit again.
State departments of transportation across the country are grappling with a growing safety issue related to the start of National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) on April 20: more frequent incidences of speeding due to reduced traffic volumes resulting from COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.
Something like 42,000 lives could be saved and 150,000 serious injuries prevented by 2030 if all new cars in G20 countries were required to have electronic stability control (ESC), an inexpensive crash avoidance technology, starting this year.
Traffic around the country has plummeted since governments began enacting stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus outbreak, but data from vehicle navigation systems and other monitors shows many of us are still out of our homes and on the road.
As rush hours all but disappeared in major U.S. cities last month, travel speeds on major roadways rose dramatically during Friday evening and morning commutes, according to data from Inrix, a Kirkland, Wash.-based traffic analytics company.
The COVID-19 pandemic has totally disoriented how fleet professionals are managing their operations. Uncertainty about how long the coronavirus will last is making it difficult for fleets to know how to address their future, though there are practices that fleets can implement today that are aimed at helping them and their fleets move forward.
For the past decade, April has marked National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This year, however, many organizations involved in spreading awareness are postponing their campaigns to a later date due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Upgrading the nation’s infrastructure is important to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, including assurance that rural areas receive equal treatment relative to metropolitan areas when funds are distributed.
As truckers help supply the nation with essential products during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Virginia DMV is planning to help support them by making most of Virginia's weigh stations rest areas for the time-being.
Being careful behind the wheel is always paramount, but during the current global public health crisis, road safety experts say it’s more essential than ever. Buckling-up, observing speed limits, putting down the cell phone and not driving while under the influence are among the behaviors that can help save the lives of drivers and their passengers and reduce the impact of Covid-19.
In-cab recording technology is often viewed negatively by drivers because they feel “Big Brother” is watching. What can fleet managers and/or owners do to change drivers’ perspectives and get them on board?
A city’s walkability contributes to improved health outcomes for residents, lower crime rates and increased civic engagement. Governments can use data and artificial intelligence to improve their streets for pedestrians.
Distracted Driving Awareness Month, held each April, has been temporarily suspended due to the current coronavirus pandemic, the nonprofit advocacy group said. However, two new studies released in advance of the previously scheduled observance shed light on how states are regulating and enforcing distracted driving.
Drive Safe Hampton Roads recently recognized 32 local high schools for their participation in the Get It Together Seat Belt Challenge.
Thanks to students’ efforts, seat belt use by teens increased nine points from the Challenge’s starting baseline percentage, making it 89 percent.
Hyundai Mobis said Sunday it has developed a radar-based rear occupant alert system and will introduce it in a number of global carmakers' new vehicles. The rear occupant alert system is aimed at reminding the driver to check the rear seats when exiting the vehicle.
With the efficient movement of freight now a national priority during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has decided to postpone its annual International Roadcheck inspection blitz in 2020.
With the majority of Californians being urged to stay home as much as possible amid the coronavirus outbreak, life is changing rapidly across the state.
Many places are less crowded, including the notoriously clogged freeways. Traffic conditions are so light, in fact, speeding during rush hour is now possible.
To keep the nation’s transportation network functioning in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic, state departments of transportation across the country are engaging in broad array of operational efforts, from expanding overweight truck permits and keeping rest areas open to keeping infrastructure projects on track.
The coronavirus pandemic is leading to reduced highway traffic on American roadways in certain major metropolitan areas as many people begin to telecommute and avoid social interaction.
Congestion is easing in places like New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco, according to traffic figures provided exclusively to USA TODAY by HERE Technologies, a location data and technology company with more than 9,000 employees.
Shortly after issuing a nationwide Hours of Service regulation waiver for truckers hauling Coronavirus relief supplies, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) took a moment to thank the men and women of the trucking industry for coming to the aid of a nation in crisis.
There are three key elements to fleet safety: drivers, vehicles, and policy. Each brings different challenges for fleet managers, primarily in determining what actionable data is needed, where it is, how it can be captured, and what to do with it.
Some drivers are spending more hours on the road delivering emergency supplies because of lifted restrictions, however now, as more counties shut down dine in restaurants they have less places to rest and get food.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today issued an expanded national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Across the United States, the nation's 3.5 million professional truckers are working flat-out to keep stores and businesses stocked as consumers worry about riding out home quarantines prompted by the coronavirus outbreak and try to snap up enough toilet paper, rice, beans, tuna and other staples to get through this period of uncertainty.
So-called Level 2, or partially automated driving technology, such as Tesla's Autopilot and Cadillac's Super Cruise can control acceleration, braking and steering, among other tasks. But the systems available on vehicles today don't replace an attentive driver with eyes on the road.
No matter how technologically advanced a vehicle might be, fleet safety begins with the driver. Beginning with the hiring process and ongoing throughout a driver’s employment, fleet managers have been challenged not only to make certain drivers are safe, but to assess driver performance, and, ultimately, manage risk.
It appears lack of control remains an issue that keeps Americans wary when it comes to safety and self-driving cars. In fact, 72% said they would feel safer riding in a self-diving vehicle if they had the ability to take over control if something were to go awry.
Through the program, troopers use handheld scanners to scan driver’s licenses and vehicle registration forms instead of handwriting information. That means less time spent completing citations, warnings, and collision investigations.
Another perk is that the accuracy of the data improves.
With thousands of motorists passing through Central Garage, going to and from work every day, it is no surprise crashes occur. But, in the past five years, the number of crashes has dropped significantly. While there is no clear reason for the drop, there could be multiple contributing factors.
ile drivers are the final stop in managing risk, evolving vehicle technology has played a big role in risk management as well. The in-vehicle technology that we have now has come a long way, many vehicles now come with semi-autonomous functions as standard features, but it all began with seat belts.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has issued a set of research-based safety recommendations on the design of partially automated driving systems. The guidelines emphasize how to keep drivers focused on the road even as the vehicle does more of the work.
It's no secret that American roads are becoming increasingly dangerous. More so than ever before, it has become a treacherous, dangerous drive each time an American citizen heads onto the roads and freeways.
Vision Zero is a program that aims to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries. It was first implemented in Sweden in the 1990s, and in the past five years, at least 40 communities in the U.S. have joined the program, according to Leah Shahum, executive director of the Vision Zero Network.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is planning a Safety Summit on March 19 for motor carriers, drivers, safety technology developers and users, federal and state partners, and safety advocate groups to share ideas on improving truck safety.
If you really want to make trucks safer, you need to have a better understanding of what happens to the truck when it is in an crash, according to Anna Wrige Berling, traffic and control product safety director, Volvo Trucks. “[Volvo’s] Crash Research Team (ART) provides knowledge from real life. Volvo’s safety requirements are based on what we have learned in the field,” she says.
The time when teenagers get behind the wheel is perhaps the most harrowing of parenthood. My kids are still years away from this, but I’m already hoping self-driving cars will be ubiquitous by then. Until that happens, parents have another option: monitoring their teens’ road smarts—or lack thereof—through apps.
Marie Snodgrass is still getting used to seeing her oldest son behind a steering wheel after he recently started driver’s training. But her most nerve-racking experience as the parent of a teen came two years earlier — the first time her high schooler rode with another teen driver.
The thing about traffic is that while you're in it, it's an immediate annoyance. You have somewhere to be. You just want to get home after a long day at work. You have to pee really badly -- whatever. That immediacy makes it easy to lose track of just how much of an impact on you it actually has in the grand scheme of things.
As Virginia residents prepare to travel the state’s scenic highways following the winter months, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is offering two words of advice to help motorists avoid collisions and potentially fatal crashes with motorcyclists: Look twice.
As vehicle crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists continue to occur with alarming frequency, law enforcement agencies in the Richmond region and other partners are urging travelers to take simple precautions and to avoid distractions, such as mobile phones and headphones.
As manufacturers and technology developers introduce electric-powered trucks and continue to test automated driving systems, the Technology & Maintenance Council is taking steps to help fleets navigate the complexity of these emerging technologies.
When it comes to advanced driver assistance technology (ADAS) like automatic emergency braking or adaptive cruise control, there is both good news and bad news. The good news is nearly 30 percent of all roadway crashes might be eliminated if consumers widely adopted, and properly used, currently available ADAS features. Over 90% of new vehicles available today offer at least one ADAS system.
A former security officer in Chesterfield County who lost both of his legs in a distracted-driving crash nearly six years ago is making his way back into law enforcement.
Brad Hughes is now a proud deputy with the Powhatan County Sheriff’s Office.
The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that Tesla’s Autopilot driver assistance system was one of the probable causes of a fatal 2018 crash into a concrete barrier. In addition, the safety board said the driver was playing a mobile game while using Autopilot before the crash, and investigators also determined he was overly confident in Autopilot’s capabilities.
Every company has a corporate culture and if you drill down the corporate strata, every department likewise has its own culture that embodies the management philosophy of the department manager. Fleet is no exception and the fleet manager plays an important role in determining fleet culture, which influences its policies, attitudes, and interactions with user groups, individual drivers, and management.
There are two statistics about London that suggest that the city is struggling with the modern world. The first is that every year 9,500 Londoners are killed by air pollution. The second is that traffic travelling through central London moves at an average of 7mph, slower than the late Victorians did in a horse and carriage.
Thanks to cooperation and hard work, both houses of the General Assembly have now given their approval to a commonsense and overdue measure to ban holding a cellphone while driving a motor vehicle in Virginia.
The afternoon light was fading, rush-hour drivers were honking, and the pedestrian signal indicated we had just 18 seconds to scramble across five lanes of traffic, but I just … could … not get my toddler’s stroller over the knee-high pile of grimy snow blocking the curb ramp.
Only six out of 156 2020 vehicle models that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has rated so far come equipped with good-rated headlights, indicating a continued need to push automakers to make headlight safety a priority.
Cars are one of the biggest sources of carbon emissions today. If more people use public transportation, these emissions will be reduced drastically. In a partnership with Dominion Energy, Fairfax County is slated to get the first electric, autonomous shuttle bus in Virginia.
Police are handing out seat belt covers that could put parents of some special needs children and young adults at ease. The covers help first responders at the scene of an emergency on the road identify if a person in the vehicle is on the autism spectrum.
Many more vehicles are available with headlights that illuminate an acceptable distance ahead without blinding oncoming drivers in 2020 than in previous years. Yet base models with headlights that earn a good rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety remain rare.
Researchers analyzed motor vehicle accident statistics involving adolescents in Fairfax County, Virginia, for two school years before and after the implementation of later school start times. Results show that the crash rate in 16-to-18-year-old licensed drivers decreased significantly.
The private company that runs Virginia's Express Lanes has launched an app that allows for mobile payment of tolls.
Transurban says its new GoToll app is ideal for people who occasionally use Virginia's toll roads but don't have an E-Z Pass transponder installed in their car.
There are countless distractions on and off the road. Many drivers may not be aware of how dangerous each one can be. That’s why more and more companies are using dash cams to help capture, identify, and address distracted driving.
Over the years I’ve met many fleet professionals who are extremely knowledgeable about fleet safety. Yet, I’m always surprised how many don’t regard themselves to be involved in fleet risk management. Effective driver safety is fleet risk management. And, it’s time for them to be recognized as part of the same mission.
Researchers in Ruckersville, Virginia, a small, rural community north of Charlottesville, are putting pressure on automakers, leading them to improve the safety features that could save you and your family in a high-speed crash.
New research issued by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety on February 18 finds that older male adults who give up driving are facing “lower levels of social support” when it comes to advice, suggestions, and information regarding alternative transportation options.
An autonomous car in Arizona was involved in a fatal crash. Permits for pilot projects in the autonomous vehicle space have been revoked. Automaker executives are sharply revising their forecasts—extending the timeline—for autonomous cars to hit the retail market in significant numbers.
“In 2020 and beyond, we anticipate fleet safety will remain top of mind for every transportation company and in turn, technology innovation to support these safety initiatives will be more important than ever,” said Eleanor Horowitz, safety product marketing manager of Samsara.
Researchers in Ruckersville -- a small, rural community in Green County, north of Charlottesville -- are putting pressure on automakers, leading them to improve the safety features that could save you and your family in a high-speed crash.
To earn the highest safety honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, it's no longer good enough for vehicles to protect people inside the vehicle.
They must also protect people outside the vehicle.
For the first time, IIHS is requiring automakers to offer pedestrian-detecting automatic emergency braking systems to receive the group's 2020 Top Safety Pick+ or Top Safety Pick honors.
The International Association of Fire Chiefs and eight other national fire service organizations are urging drivers to exercise extra caution when approaching emergency vehicles and respect move over laws.
Police say the driver in the crash involving a Virginia State Trooper has been charged. On Sunday, Feb. 16, at 11:53 a.m. a Virginia State Police Trooper was on a traffic stop with a BMW Sedan, eastbound Route 3 at Dahlgren Road on the right-hand portion of the turn lane.
Road safety advocates are hopeful that 2020 will be the year Virginia requires drivers to put down their phones. For the past two years, despite bipartisan support from lawmakers and the governor, similar distracted driving measures came unraveled in the final days of the General Assembly’s session.
With Super Bowl Sunday in full swing, local government and law enforcement agencies are using social media to remind all football fans that any game plan involving drinking should also include a designated driver in the lineup.
We can all agree that walking behind someone who's buried in their phone is annoying.
Now scientists are suggesting it's dangerous, too.
Using your phone as you walk is more likely to cause an accident than taking a call or listening to music, researchers have warned, after analyzing the causes behind hundreds of pedestrian mishaps.
Motor vehicle fatalities in the U.S. dipped slightly from 40,231 in 2017 to 39,404 in 2018, representing a roughly 2% year-over-year decline, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Fleet managers are placing a large amount of focus on several key technological mainstays within their operations. Some of the biggest of these key concepts include Big Data analytics, driver safety, and sustainability.
When asked to make predictions about what we might see in terms of technology-enabled mobility in 2020, I realised that it would be challenging to describe just five trends given how much changed in this area in 2019 and what is likely to happen 2020. There are so many quick-moving parts in the passenger transportation environment that it is challenging to relegate my predictions to only five. So this year, I have expanded my predictions to seven.
Falling asleep at the wheel is a trucker’s worst nightmare. Fatigue comes with the job of driving an eighteen-wheeler, even with rules requiring rest stops and limiting driving hours. Now, new technologies are becoming available to alert drowsy drivers, sometimes even before they feel tired.
A new survey by TheZebra.com, an online insurance site, found that 28% of Americans don’t wear their seat belt while in the back seat of a ride-share vehicle. Comparatively, just 10% of Americans said they don’t wear their seat belt while in their own car.
The motivation for this was two-pronged. The district wanted to make better use of its building during off-hours. And the school board wanted to find out how a mobile, digital 21st-century workflow could supplant an agrarian-based 19th-century school day.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he wants a “strict” new ban on holding cellphones while driving, saying tough new laws are needed to cut down on fatal accidents. “Anytime people pick these up and it puts them at risk, it puts other people at risk,” Northam said.
Increasingly, drivers are posting on social media, scrolling through Spotify playlists, live streaming video, and binge-watching television shows. These activities put motorists, their passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists in real danger.
Although cycling deaths have increased, NYPD issued 34,593 moving violations summonses drivers of trucks and other large commercial vehicles, approximately 500 few tickets than cyclists, said NYPD Chief of Transportation William Morris during a Council hearing.
According to the latest AAMI Crash Index (produced annually), over a quarter of all road incidents in Australia occur in the afternoon, around school pick-up time. The new data is in line with recent research that found parents are some of the most dangerous drivers on Australian roads, with more than half admitting to speeding or driving distracted with their kids in the car.
On January 29, Hidalgo revealed that the space required to make Paris cyclist-friendly would mostly come at the expense of motoring. Under her plans Paris will remove 72% of its on-street car parking spaces.
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons says about 1.7 million cases of Traumatic Brain Injury occur every year in the United States, and that “between 50-70 percent … are the result of a motor-vehicle crash.”
Richmond police said that Lawrence C. Smith, a 65-year-old from Chattanooga, Tenn., has been charged with felony hit-and-run, expired registration and failure to yield the right of way. Smith is accused of crashing his car into another vehicle on Jan. 17. in the 2300 block of Chamberlayne Avenue.
Rees was randomly picked by the NFL and the coalition TEAM, which stands for Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management. They encourage responsible drinking and positive fan behavior at sporting events. Rees excels in both.
Parsons, 31, was involved in a car crash Jan. 15 and was initially reported to have suffered a concussion and whiplash. Per his attorney’s remarks Monday, his injuries include a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation and a torn labrum that could “potentially” end Parsons’ career.
Video from the Iowa State Patrol shows a very close call just east of the metro area in Atlantic, Iowa. A pickup truck slid off Interstate 80 right into a delivery truck that was stuck in the snow on the side of the road.
A typical Ikea store comes with a sprawling parking lot—in Burbank, California, for example, the lot has room for 1,700 cars. But as the company works to shrink its carbon footprint, including the pollution from customers driving to suburban stores, it’s also rethinking parking. A new seven-store building that will house an Ikea store in central Vienna, now under construction, will have zero parking spaces.
The electric car industry is on the upswing. Led by Tesla, it continues to attract environmentally conscious drivers with battery-powered, high-performance vehicles. As the push to abandon gas continues, more traditional carmakers are hopping on the electric trend so they aren’t left behind in the years to come.
Court documents state the Audi was the subject of a previous reckless driving call in Bastrop County, after a driver told police the vehicle was in the median of 71 near SH 21 and rapidly cut him off after entering the lane. That call came in at 9:18 a.m. and by DPS estimates, Diaz would have needed to be traveling at least 100 to 120 MPH to cover that distance by the time the crash call came in at 9:36 a.m.
The three-time NBA champ delighted a few dozen unsuspecting youngsters gathered at the Y, when he showed up to announce that he and ride-share company Lyft would be giving out free Citi Bike memberships to local youths in the spring... He also stressed the importance of building bike lanes to keep people safe while riding.
“Cars are deadly weapons — they can do real damage to real people,” Travis said. “I tell my rookies that if someone walks into the road shooting, would you arrest them? They say ‘yes.’ There’s no difference between that and getting behind the wheel (impaired).
Deputies say around midnight 21-year-old Kimberly Cook and her boyfriend, 29-year-old Anthony Blue left their 16-month old asleep in a running, unlocked car in the parking lot. When they came back out, the car and the baby inside were gone.
She suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash, and in a post on her Facebook page said she had her seat belt to thank for it not being worse. "Rolling my vehicle was more than terrifying, and it keeps replaying in my head over and over. Wear your seat belts," she wrote.
On Monday, a Henrico County Grand Jury formally indicted Taylor on one count of 2nd degree murder and felony eluding police. The charges come after a second suspect, Antoine Deangelo Thomas, 36, was ejected from the SUV following a nearly 20 mile chase that started in Chesterfield and ended in Henrico.
Georgia Department of Transportation is willing to do anything to make sure you pay attention to the rules of the road. But making you laugh might be the smartest way. That's because the winners of a social media contest will see their urgent safety messages displayed across the digital interstate signs across Georgia.
Give a listen to this important interview with crash victim Brad Hughes, DRIVE SMART and Delegate Jeff Bourne. A bill currently before the General Assembly would make any hand-held cellphone use behind the wheel illegal.
For many neighborhoods, signal lights and stop signs are considered the tools of choice for controlling unruly traffic situations. If you force drivers to stop and look, the thinking goes, you’ll make the streets safer for everyone.
A driver of a Mitsubishi Lancer fled on foot after striking and killing a bicyclist on Route 7 near Winchester early Saturday morning, according to the Virginia State Police. Speed and alcohol are both being considered as factors in the fatal hit-and-run crash, the police said.
Muhammad R. Malik of Chantilly had been fighting for his life for the last two weeks after he, his wife and two grandchildren were hit from behind on John Mosby Highway (Route 50) and South Riding Road while waiting at a stoplight in their car.
According to law enforcement sources, first responders located a pedestrian safety flyer in one of Guillen's pockets. Those same sources indicated an officer had handed Guillen the flyer approximately 40 minutes before he was hit and killed.
Teenagers don’t need another lecture. Reams of research and all the driver’s education in the world wouldn’t necessarily convince them to check their tires. But they do respond when you speak and connect in their language around their biggest interests. The Michelin/Vans partnership would be the proxy for talking about the importance of tread, pressure and performance – not just for your ‘kicks’, but for your car tires, too.
A first-time mother and elementary school teacher from Laurel, Mississippi, lost her unborn baby when a serial drunk driver hit her car on Saturday about 15 minutes after she left her baby shower, her father, Maurice Pruitt Sr., told the Sun Herald.
Eight Americans are killed every day in a car crash involving a distracted driver, and more than 1,000 are injured daily in such accidents, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Six percent of drivers in fatal crashes were distracted at the time, the NHTSA says, yet most states are coming up short when it comes to cracking down a major cause of distracted driving.
Nationwide, more than 1,620 schoolchildren in 38 states have been placed in harm’s way since 2015 by bus drivers arrested or cited for allegedly driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs – a situation that despite its dangers goes largely untracked by government officials, a Stateline investigation found.
I knew something was amiss when I saw Tony, a sixth grader in my neighborhood, standing on the sidewalk one morning, flagging me down as I was riding my bike to work. He explained he started going to a new school across the County, H-B Woodlawn in Rosslyn, but today he overslept, missed his bus, and his cell phone was also malfunctioning, so he couldn’t reach his mom.
Before they’re even old enough to drive a car, a team of kids competing in FIRST LEGO League robotics are already thinking about ways to prevent distracted driving and the dangers that can come from using a smartphone behind the wheel.
Crews finished paving the entire south island of the nearly $4 billion Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel last month, a Transportation Department spokeswoman told The Virginian-Pilot, and in doing so did away with a large bird colony's nesting area while those birds were migrating south for the winter.
According to a press release from the Park Ridge Police Department, 74 tickets for seat belt violations were written between Dec. 16 and Jan. 2 during a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Car dooring or more commonly referred to as “dooring” happens when a car driver or passenger opens a vehicle’s door while failing to check for cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, or other vehicles. These unfortunate incidents commonly happen in urban areas where vehicles are parked along the side of the road and may lead to serious injuries or even fatalities.
“The goal of public transit is to support mobility and independence for people. Danville Transit is like a balloon. Our service has to change with the trends going on around us. Diversification and flexibility are the backbone of a healthy transit system.”
During this time of the year, the Naval Safety Center (NAVSAFECEN) reminds travelers to practice deliberate consideration of safety in winter conditions and practice overall risk management when operating a motor vehicle.
A ban on holding your cellphone behind the wheel, changes in fines for reckless driving on the interstate, and changes to taxes and fees are among the transportation changes under consideration in Virginia’s General Assembly session that begins Wednesday.
While Americans may dream of a white Christmas, living with snow the rest of the season is driving a nightmare salt habit. Each year, Americans spread more than 48 billion pounds of salt on roadways to ward off the effects of winter weather. But it comes at a cost...
Some studies have shown that cannabis consumption can affect response times and motor performance; however, research remains limited and there isn't conclusive evidence of how cannabis affects people and how to classify impairment.
Imagine a city the size of Washington D.C. going an entire year without any pedestrians or cyclists being killed on its streets. That’s exactly what happened in Oslo, where officials reported this week that zero pedestrian or cyclist fatalities occurred on the city’s roads in 2019.
The data shows there were 563 motor vehicle fatalities in 2018, of which 146 were due to driver inattention. Meanwhile, driving while intoxicated accounted for 143 car deaths and unsafe speed resulted in 53 deaths that same year. This is the eighth year in a row that distracted driving has been the leading cause of deadly crashes in New Jersey.
"The data shows we are still not doing enough to protect our workers. Workplace fatalities should never be considered a cost of doing business," according to a statement from the National Safety Council.
The National Safety Council provided its annual estimate, writing in a statement that 115 people will die in transportation accidents during Christmas travel and a possible 163 Americans over New Year's...The organization credited seat belts for the lower injury and fatality count, stating that estimates would be "significantly higher" were it not for the motor vehicle safety feature.
Allen & Allen is partnering with Lyft to offer safe rides for those who plan to celebrate the new year. For the eighth year the law firm is implementing their Sober Ride Home Program. On New Year’s Eve, Allen & Allen will cover up to a $50 fare on a ride home within 20 miles of Richmond.
A television news crew in Texas captured video of a tractor-trailer crash on a highway while at the scene of a pileup. KCBD was on U.S. 84 in Lubbock County when the tractor-trailer appears from the fog in the video.
Known as the Green Light Law, the measure makes New York one of 13 states to allow unauthorized immigrants to obtain a driver’s license... Supporters of the law said it will make the roads safer by requiring undocumented people to pass driving tests and get car insurance.
Alyssa Shepherd will also serve three years in home detention and three years probation. Her driver’s license was also suspended for 10 years. Shepherd was driving her pickup truck on the morning of Oct. 23, 2018, when she struck four children as they attempted to board their school bus on a rural road near Rochester, Indiana.
Turn signals are on every motor vehicle for just that purpose, to let the other drivers on the road with you that you are intending to turn your vehicle. It's a common courtesy that is appreciated by your fellow drivers.
A Minnesota woman is saying she's glad to be alive Wednesday. She was on her way back home to Red Wing, Minnesota, when ice flew off another vehicle and smashed her windshield. The woman is okay, but now she wants others to learn from her incident.
Drivers in California will now be able to see each would-be passenger’s destination upfront—before the ride is accepted. As a result, California cities could now have a new ride-hailing worry to add to their growing list: discrimination based on a rider’s destination.
The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation announced Monday that two new intercity bus routes will be launched in 2020 to serve those in Southside. The Piedmont Express, connecting Danville and Washington, D.C., and the Capital Connector, connecting Martinsville and Richmond, are expected to start in spring 2020.
An advert for the new car’s hands-free technology has been banned for encouraging unsafe driving. The advertising regulator condemned the ad as “irresponsible” and accused it of promoting features that could cause drivers to become distracted.
The study found that drivers can become too reliant and comfortable with the technology, leading them to multi-task and engage in distracted driving. Drivers that installed technological assistance systems in their cars were almost twice as likely to take their eyes off the road, according to a release from AAA.
“The vast, overwhelming majority of people who die on our streets are killed by drivers of cars,” noted Ross Catrow, executive director of RVA Rapid Transit, an advocacy group for regional public transportation. “And the further sad truth is that these deaths and serious injuries often go unnoticed, underreported, and, even worse, usually nothing is done to build better streets and make them safer for people,” Catrow wrote on Streets Cred, his website about urban issues affecting mid-sized American cities.
"She stepped on the breaks really hard and a few kids went flying and hit their heads on the seats," Troy explained... when she missed a turn and sped onto the highway, Troy said he knew something wasn't right.
The ordinance will go into effect six months after passage to allow for an education period, ensuring drivers are aware of the change in traffic law. The language allows for exceptions for public safety personnel and drivers experiencing emergencies.
Toxicology reports provided by the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator show that Harris had a blood-alcohol content of .28 at the time of the crash – more than three times the legal limit. An autopsy of the young teen who was killed showed she had no alcohol in her system.
Witnesses said the driver of the truck — who has been identified as Jaime E. Sabogal, of Yonkers — initially started to drive away as if he didn’t know what happened. People had to flag him down and stop him.
Although it is important to follow safe driving habits all year long, the holiday season often requires extra precautions in order to stay safe. Whether you are heading across town or across the state for your holiday travels, the following tips can help minimize your risks of being injured in a vehicle crash...
We’ve got to make an investment in our city to make sure people can safely walk and bike our streets.You could put anything before me that deals with safer streets and I’ll vote for it. I hope that advocates of every age, color, and economic status will come out and fight for this Streets for All package,” said Jones in an interview.
We may be entering the year 2020, as automakers talk about a future focused on autonomy and electrification, but in terms of the car technology we have in 2019, one is still missing: the headlights. But the IIHS wants to change that, and will try to do so by awarding its safety awards to quality headlights.
Police say 20-year-old Andrew Gurley, of Charles City, was driving a 2018 Western Star dump truck eastbound Route 60 with the bed of the truck raised. The truck proceeded in the right lane across the Chickahominy River Bridge overturning on the passenger side with the truck leaning over the jersey wall.
The “Steer Into The New Year-Buckle Up and Drive Safely” holiday campaign kicks off this week at schools across the Commonwealth with a goal to keep teen drivers and passengers safe during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
Monday night, Richmond City Council could vote on an amendment that would crack down on distracted driving... The legislation would include an incredibly important distinction; drivers would not just be pulled over for holding a cellphone while driving, they would need to be driving poorly with a cellphone in their hand. That means swerving, running a stop sign, etc., all with a cellphone.
That’s more than double the number of scooters and e-bikes currently permitted in D.C., and in addition to the city’s large Capital Bikeshare program... DDOT is in the process of installing 100 off-sidewalk parking corrals for dockless scooters and bikes in all eight wards in D.C. to address sidewalk and neighborhood clutter complaints, and all operators have agreed to data collection to monitor compliance and plan for the future.
Hampton Road Connector Partners, the design-build consortium constructing the $3.9 billion Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel expansion project as part of a public-private partnership with the Virginia DOT, is actively encouraging small, disadvantaged and minority businesses to participate. HRCP's goals for the project are 12% DBE (disadvantaged business enterprise) contractors and 20% SWaM (small, women-and minority-owned) contractors.
A bill proposed for the 2020 General Assembly session would require all people in a private car wear seat belts. Currently, Virginia law only requires front seat passengers to buckle up. HB16 is one of a number of road safety bills being brought back up by lawmakers in 2020. Another piece of legislation includes banning drivers from using cellphones behind the wheel. The first day of the 2020 General Assembly session in January 8.
The month of October, which kicked off fiscal year 2020, saw eight Marines die in off-duty accidents ― a massive spike compared to fiscal year 2019, which had a total of 27 Marine vehicle-related deaths in the entire year, according to safety center statistics.
A California woman has been charged with DUI and involuntary manslaughter in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 64 in Henrico County on Wednesday that left one passenger dead and another passenger critically injured.
State police tell reporters that a man driving in the wrong direction on Interstate 495 early Thursday crashed into another car near Annandale, scattering the road with debris and causing three other cars to crash.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed the long-awaited bill Monday that would make it illegal to hold a cellphone while driving in the Bay State. Lawmakers passed the bill in a 38-1 vote in the Senate and 153-1 vote in the House
Lawmakers in Elizabeth, N.J. voted on Tuesday to remove all of the Lime rentable scooters from city streets — rather than providing riders even a modicum of safety in the bike-lane-free burg — after a teenager was killed by a tow truck driver.
Have you ever heard of a diverging diamond interchange? Ready or not, one is about to debut in Northern Virginia. It’s part of a $195 million project aimed at reducing congestion in Stafford County’s Courthouse Road area. The interchange will open December 7 over Interstate 95 at Exit 140.
The City of Fredericksburg is launching a pedestrian safety campaign this week to ensure everyone has a safe and festive holiday week. Fredericksburg police officers will be downtown looking for drivers stopping at designated crosswalks and pedestrians crossing at intersections and randomly presenting them with a Downtown Gift card for following Virginia Law.
The experience of going at least 24 hours without sleep, otherwise known as total sleep deprivation, obviously does not make you feel good the next day. The physical and mental repercussions are notable.
“The names of these features are all over the map, and many of them don’t accurately describe what the feature will do or what drivers should expect,” said Kelly Funkhouser, CR’s head of connected and automated vehicles. “There’s a different name on the website, in the owner’s manual, and then in the menu in the car.”
Rather than slap the cuffs on Uber’s robot car, investigators instead highlighted the many human errors that culminated in the death of 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg. And they sounded a warning: it could happen again.
There were zero unhelmeted motorcyclist fatalities last year, one in 2017, four in 2016 and three in 2015.
“A helmet is the most important safety equipment a motorcyclist wears,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. “Before you even think about getting on your bike, make sure you have on the proper gear, including an approved helmet.”
A grassroots movement is underway to make Richmond safer for pedestrians and people who bike around the city. Advocates say the number of crashes and fatalities continues to climb. That’s why they’re trying to get the attention of city leaders.
"Well, there aren't too many other places that you drive in our district where, you know, visibility can change in a matter of seconds, or as you're going up a steep grade, the temperature can drop," Slack said.
Those doing the research estimate the project pays for itself in five years because it’s only fencing, not building a crossing structure. Over the lifetime of the fencing, researches expect about $1 million in property damage savings.
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante plans to install pedestrian lights and countdown timers at every set of traffic lights in the city as part of a "paradigm change" that will put pedestrian safety ahead of traffic flow
Twenty-six new parking enforcement officers will comb the District’s bike lanes for illegally parked vehicles to ticket, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Tuesday. The officers, who work for the Department of Public Works, will begin immediately.
Instead, the IIHS suggests encouraging more automated enforcement, that is things like speed cameras, as well as automaker-installed technology like speed limit alerts and automatic slowing of the vehicle when speeding, in order to ensure compliance.
Specifically, if the city metered each of its 3 million free parking spots and collected an average of $6 per spot per day, it could replace the approximately $6.5 billion per year in revenue lost from ending all fare collection.
Two teens seriously injured after their grandmother's minivan was rammed from behind over the weekend said Wednesday that they hope their story gives drivers pause before they get behind the wheel after drinking... the Sunday night crash killed her boyfriend, 15-year-old Ethan Handly, and her grandmother, 65-year-old Marjory Wagner Regan.
Commercial vehicle inspectors placed more than 4,600 trucks out of service for critical brake-related violations during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week, which was held Sept. 15-21.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Tuesday issued its analysis of why increasing numbers of bicyclists are dying on U.S. roads... The concrete recommendations in the report seem almost sure to get lost in a brouhaha over helmets.
"She said what happened was, the dog jumped into her lap, distracted her as she was trying to get him back into the seat, and she crossed the center line and hit that other vehicle," said Derrick Jackson, of the Sheriff's Office told MLive on Thursday.
Some students at the event already had their learner’s permits, but some didn’t, and they said learning by doing can help them when the time comes to take their driver’s tests. “They’re going to remember more than just sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher,” Magna Vista sophomore Jeffrey Medley said.
The advocacy group Bike Durham carried out a bit of guerrilla “tactical urbanism,” placing over 50 carved jack-o’-lanterns in the buffer zone of a painted bike lane on Broad Street, one of the city’s main north-south corridors. The action was a rebuke to city government for failing to install a protected bike lane when they resurfaced Broad street last summer, as detailed by Streetsblog.
Six months ago, George's Inc., which has a poultry plant in Harrisonburg, leased five vans for workers to form car pools... A George's staff survey led to the conversation about transportation, he said.
Joe Newman, Kitty Hancock, and Peter Sforza lead work in the Center for Geospatial Information Technology at Virginia Tech to analyze the locations of vehicle crashes throughout Virginia... This data isn’t just for Virginia Tech. It’s for all of Virginia, and it has a purpose — to make the state’s roadways safer.
Strava is a fitness app used by more than 47 million runners and bikers, who use to it to track their routes, mileage, or even commutes to work. What those runners and bikers may not realize is that by using the app, they’re arming city planners and researchers with the data they need to help cities improve the bike lanes and sidewalks they depend on for safety.
New research from the University of Virginia finds children who are raised in walkable cities are more likely to climb the economic ladder, earning more than their parents did at similar points in their lives.
Chesterfield County woman who fatally struck three people who were standing near a disabled car along Route 288 in Goochland County pleaded guilty to reckless driving on Tuesday and received a one-year jail sentence.... Authorities said Carr had been engaged in text conversations with three people as she was driving south on Route 288 within a 20-minute period leading up to the crash. She sent her final text, an emoji of a woman holding her palm against her face, either three seconds or four seconds before the collision.
The driver accused of killing seven United States Marines in a deadly crash was indicted on 23 charges Monday, including manslaughter and negligent homicide. 23-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy now faces charges of seven counts of manslaughter, seven counts of negligent homicide – DUI, seven counts of negligent homicide, one count of aggravated driving while intoxicated and one count of reckless conduct.
The bill establishes four new offenses, including the class A misdemeanor “death by vehicle” and the class B misdemeanor “serious physical injury by vehicle.” Under the proposal, drivers could be charged with those crimes if they fail to exercise due care or commit a traffic infraction — including speeding or using a cell phone — and another person is killed or injured as a result, according to the DA’s office.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the pedestrian crash prevention systems of 16 midsize cars in the lead-up to Halloween, a holiday that consistently ranks among the deadliest days for pedestrians in the United States.
Nothing is forever, not even highways... By late October, as foliage thins and shadows stretch across the wayside, the faint outlines of abandoned roads and bridges lost to time and overgrowth reappear. These dilapidated D.C.-area roadways have withstood decades of harsh weather, graffiti and neglect.
Every year, over 30,000 people are killed in road crashes in the United States. Use this map to see the highway with highest rates of fatal crashes in your state and explore each highway in more detail in the interactive grid.
Hundreds of people turned out to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) third annual “Incident Management Open House” in Fairfax on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, despite the threat of rain. The event is popular with families, who bring their children along to see a variety of vehicles and machinery operated by police and firefighters as well as public safety and incident response crews.
Last November saw the highest number of pedestrians hit in the D.C. area (292) out of any other month, per data shared by MWCOG. In Arlington, the month with the highest number of pedestrian collisions (15) was October. As part of the Street Smart program, area police departments are planning to step up ticketing drivers who fail to stop for people in crosswalks, among other citations aimed at protecting pedestrians and cyclists.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the S.C. Department of Transportation on Tuesday spoke favorably of state legislation that would make it illegal for drivers to hold a phone, call, text or watch a video, among other things. If enacted, the South Carolina Hands-Free Act, Senate Bill 723, would help save lives and reduce injuries, NTSB safety advocate Stephanie Shaw and SCDOT Secretary Christie Hall testified Tuesday.
Some neighbors in Southwest Columbus are using their front yards to create a one-of-a-kind Halloween display. The message of the display is about the dangers of distracted driving. "We already have them coming out for candy, so why not send them a message?" said Natasha Ford-Marshall, who set up the display.
The sentencing hearing came a day after Toney pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide and heard emotional testimony from the relatives of those killed and from some of the injured. New Orleans news organizations at Tuesday's sentencing hearing reported that Toney apologized, but a prosecutor questioned his sincerity.
In 2011, Crystal Conover’s son was hit by a car on while trick-or-treating down a dark road in Uintah, Utah. “I created the ‘Help Jayden light the way’ motto and started passing out glowsticks,” Conover said. “That’s when it hit us — let’s make a negative into a positive.”
When the clocks fall back this weekend, it will get darker earlier, and drivers and pedestrians are urged to use extra caution. The Virginia Governor's Executive Leadership Team on Highway Safety says the time change often results in an increase in the number of pedestrians who are hit by vehicles.
Three 16-year-old boys died following a car crash Saturday night in the Tabb area of York County, according to Virginia State Police. All three were students at Tabb High School, a York County School Division spokeswoman said Sunday.
We wanted honest answers straight from the source, so we surveyed dozens of teens about their strengths and weaknesses on the road, what makes them anxious behind the wheel, and what parents could do to help make them better drivers. Here is what we found.
The video shows Damico crossing through two lanes of stopped traffic when suddenly in the bus-only lane she is stuck by the Pulse and knocked off her feet. Damico says she never saw it coming until it was too late.
In June of this year, the county said crashes between vehicles and pedestrians and cyclists have been increasing and previously had launched an awareness campaign called “Watch Your Step” to promote safer streets and tips for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.
The owner of the stretch limousine that crashed and killed 20 in Schoharie last year failed to maintain the vehicle over the years, leading to the "catastrophic brake failure" that caused the deadly wreck, according to a report by a state-hired expert.
Circuit Judge Christopher Sabella on Tuesday sentenced Perera, 31, to 50 years in state prison for driving drunk and causing a crash on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway that killed Luiz and Rita Felipak of Tampa and their 8-year-old daughter, Giorgia.
Rats have mastered the art of driving a tiny car, suggesting that their brains are more flexible than we thought. The finding could be used to understand how learning new skills relieves stress and how neurological and psychiatric conditions affect mental capabilities.
Christiansburg is not the first place where Wing has run a trial run. Wing has conducted trial runs in Australia and Finland. Now, Wing regularly delivers and continues to expand in these countries. Residents of Christiansburg can look to these overseas cities as a layout of what their drone future might look like for them.
The tire manufacturer is giving away $100,000 toward college tuition in its "Penny for a Free Ride" contest. One lucky young driver will win for inspecting their tires -- either gauging tire pressure or performing the "penny tread test" to check tread depth.
The trooper was inside his vehicle, positioned on the right shoulder with emergency lights activated, to fill out paperwork when a 2009 Cadillac ran off the roadway and struck the trooper’s vehicle and the Land Rover.
Low visibility creates hazardous driving conditions for morning commuters. If possible, avoid driving until conditions improve. If you have to hit the road this morning, here are some tips for dealing with the fog.
Tom Udall, a Democrat from Utah, and Rick Scott, a Republican from Florida, say they plan to introduce bipartisan legislation that would mandate every new car sold to feature technology that keeps drunks from even starting a car.
A Virginia Commonwealth University freshman continues to recover after she was struck by a hit-and-run driver near campus on Friday. Richmond Police responded to a hit-and-run in the alleyway behind 7-Eleven between Cary and South Pine Streets just after 11 p.m. Friday.
The four-month electric scooter pilot in Chicago, both celebrated and reviled by residents, comes to an end Tuesday. As of last week, people had taken 772,450 rides on electric scooters, according to the city’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. That’s about 7,000 trips a day.
A road known for having some of the worst traffic in Northern Virginia could soon see some relief. It’s because of what’s called an intelligent transportation system — that’s now on its way to Route 50 in Loudoun County.
What would it take for you to stop driving distracted? A slap on the wrist, a police fine, a firm telling off by a friend or family member? Alarmingly, for many Canadian drivers, the answer is none of the above.
Commercial drivers of light- to heavy-duty vehicles are involved in just 3% of severe crashes, even though 83% of American drivers say they are safer behind the wheel, according to new data from Verizon Connect.
I am a pediatric trauma surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital. Too often, I have taken care of children who are injured by distracted drivers and witnessed the effect it can have on their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
More than 80 local police agencies, as well as the Virginia State Police, will be on heightened alert over the upcoming Columbus Day weekend when, due to the closure of many schools and businesses on Monday, families tend to travel. Law enforcement agencies in neighboring states are increasing patrols as well.
The five-week challenge, “Save Your Tailgate, Buckle Up & Slow Down” will encourage youths and teens to develop a lifelong buckle up habit by reminding them that seat belts are critical safety equipment for every driver and passenger. The campaign emphasizes seat belts are designed to protect and save lives in the same way football helmets protect football players.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), investigates accidents and issues recommendations, which, if acted upon, save lives, prevent injuries, and preserve property. Lowering the threshold for drunk driving from .08% blood alcohol content (BAC) to .05% would accomplish all of these things. It is estimated that lowering the BAC in every state to .05% could potentially save up to 1,790 lives a year.
A new overseas study from Volvo has shown that parents believe today's roads are more dangerous for families. More than six in ten parents say it is harder to keep children safe while driving than it was two years ago, while more than nine in 10 believe too many people drive recklessly and endanger families on the road.
This morning and afternoon, West Palm Beach police Officer Mark Hatfield drove through the city looking for violators. "The city right now is in a warning period for it. Beginning January 1, we'll start actively fining for people who are texting and driving."
A bicyclist is hospitalized with critical injuries after a hit-and-run car accident earlier this week. Tuesday night, police say a car drove into the bike lane on North 4th Street and Oakland, hitting the cyclist.
Hanover firefighter Lt. Brad Clark is among the 92 firefighters being honored at the 38th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Maryland. The 38th annual event by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation brings family members together to honor their loved ones who died in the line of duty.
A new study by AAA has found flaws in automatic emergency braking systems that are supposed to detect pedestrians. Automatic detection systems are increasingly common in new vehicles sold in the United States.
While studies have shown the importance of active safety technology in avoiding and reducing the number of crashes, drivers need to understand the systems and accept them in order to see those benefits. The study also found that drivers were more appreciative of the technology if it made smooth and gradual transitions automatically.
3,166. That’s how many Americans died due to distracted driving in 2017. 3,166 families were left without a father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister. 3,166 people that would still be with us today if drivers were more focused on the road than their cellphone, food, radio or other distractions.
The pain is still fresh for Christina Dempsey, six years after her sister and niece were killed in a crash caused by a distracted driver. "I just want to look at somebody and say, what if this was your child," Dempsey told the audience. "What if this was your sister?"
The holiday season is coming at us fast, which means it’s time to make plans to celebrate the special time with family and friends. If your plans include a long road trip, consider these tips before you pull out of the driveway. It will make your journey safer for everyone and make sure everything is merry and bright.
As the Board of Supervisors was approving the school bus cameras at last week’s meeting, Chris Yakabouski noted his interest in red-light cameras and suggested the county look into them. The cameras are aimed at decreasing red-light running, something traffic officials and safety advocates consider a serious problem.
"It's not just the drivers who are at risk, distracted driving has deadly impacts on passengers, pedestrians, cyclists and other road users", says Robyn Robertson, President and Chief Executive Officer of TIRF.
A recent Penn study has linked teenage driving accidents to the rate of brain development in adolescents. The results suggest that teenagers with slower working memory growth are more likely to be involved in accidents.
A 72-year-old Harrisonburg man is seriously injured after a hit-and-run crash occurred in Rockingham County at 2:23 p.m. on Sept. 16, 2019. The police described the driver as a white female with blonde hair wearing a dark shirt and leopard print skirt. She may have been driving a red Nissan Sentra, which should now have front-end passenger side damage, according to the release.
Safety is one of those things we all talk about, and I don’t think there is a fleet out there that wants to operate in an unsafe manner. However, in order for a fleet to be as safe as possible, they must have a safety culture that starts at the very top of the organization and is embraced by all employees at every level.
“Every driver needs to take responsibility for their own actions,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. “Whether you’re driving yourself or your friends, make sure everyone is always wearing a seat belt, and make sure you never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. There are other people on the roads who want to get where they are going safely. Don’t let impairment cause you to be a risk to yourself and others. Before you drive to or from the races, ask yourself, Who’s Your Driver? And the answer is: a safe and buckled one.”
Safety has always been a top concern for car shoppers. Recently, it has become a source of frustration. Nearly a quarter of car shoppers who bought or leased a model year 2019 vehicle found the technology to be annoying or bothersome, according to a J.D. Power study of more than 20,000 consumers within the first 90 days of ownership.
Renowned experts from around the world will converge in Roanoke next week to discuss solutions to the issue of distracted driving. The 7th Annual Distracted Driving Summit is being held on September 25-26 at the Hotel Roanoke. The event, organized by DRIVE SMART Virginia, is an opportunity to focus on saving lives by eliminating distracted driving.
It probably fell from the back of a truck instead of the sky, but wherever it came from, the picnic table-sized boulder spelled trouble early Friday for one motorist traveling along Hull Street Road in western Chesterfield County.
Prosecutors say they're making an example of this teen driver for a reason. "Because of this message, the next 17 or 18-year-old that gets out there and sees that stop sign. Maybe he thinks twice. Maybe does stop," said Sean Teare with the Harris County District Attorney's Office.
After posting to social media several times during her drive, Kylie Rae Harris, a 30-year-old rising Texas country singer, caused the three-car crash that killed a 16-year-old girl in northern New Mexico this week. "At this time I will say with most certainty that Miss Cruz was an innocent victim of this senseless crash caused by Ms. Harris," Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said. Harris was convicted in 2017 of DWI and cited for speeding in 2014.
... Even minor fender benders can have a significant impact on children, particularly those who are unrestrained. In a push to increase car seat and seat belt use, and in recognition of Child Passenger Safety Week, Safe Kids Worldwide urges parents and caregivers to model safe driving habits, including buckling up – every person, every ride, every time.
Late yesterday afternoon, along a mostly empty Canadian highway, the laws of physics grew bored and decided to have some fun with an errant box truck. The 24-year-old driver of the truck appears to have gotten momentarily distracted, which caused him to drive off the road, into a culvert, and then, somehow, instead of ending up with the truck rolled in the grass, he ended up with his truck improbably wrecked into the roof of a house alongside the road.
Each year, the AASHTO Committee on Transportation Communications known as TransComm, hands out awards to state DOTs for outstanding communication, advertising and marketing campaigns and tactics. One of the 2019 honorees, a public service announcement produced by the Virginia Department of Transportation, used humor to capture drivers’ attention and raise awareness for an annual challenge.
The potential consequences of drunk and distracted driving were on full display during a training exercise at Virginia Tech Monday. The Virginia Tech Rescue Squad partnered with the Blacksburg Fire Department and the Carilion LifeGuard Med-Evac helicopter for the learning experience. It’s a scene first responders say they see far too often. “This isn’t just hypothetical this does happen,” VT Rescue Squad Chief Jake Martin said.
How many times have you seen a car ad that shows — nay, glorifies — dangerous driving? Someone revving down a tiny road along a jagged cliff? Or speeding through a city — pedestrians, cars, other impediments somehow miraculously absent? These ads are ubiquitous in America. But many other countries, including European nations, Canada, Singapore and Australia, ban them to protect public safety.
When thinking about road trips, you might envision college kids heading on adventures, but older adults take road trips, too, according to a recent survey by Cigna. Travel is a top priority for 37 percent of older adult respondents in the survey.
For seven days next July, before Japan kicks off the Summer Olympics, Tokyo will let dozens of driverless vehicles roam freely around the competition venues in the city’s waterfront area to promote the nascent technology. As many as 100 self-driving cars will ferry up to 7,000 passengers in the week starting July 6, said Seigo Kuzumaki, director for the Japanese government’s autonomous-vehicle program.
Though she’s only a few weeks on the job, North Courthouse Road Library branch manager Dana Bomba can attest to the success of the new Community Connectivity trail that was completed at the end of August. “We’ve seen several moms with strollers and young kids on bikes” use the trail, says Bomba. “Everyone seems excited about it. One of our staff members walked it the other day and said that the width of the trail was really nice, [and] with it being paved, it’s handicapped accessible.”... For those who live in the neighborhoods behind the library, it means they don’t have to traverse Courthouse or Reams roads – which don’t have sidewalks – or tromp through the forest to check out books.
Robyn Hightman found a life on bikes. In an instant it was gone. Over the past decade in New York City, more than 160,000 people have been struck by motorists. More than 1,600 have been killed. In 2019 alone, drivers have caused a staggering 20 cyclist fatalities in the city. Often missing from the uproar over these and other senseless deaths across the country are the nuanced legacies of those whose lives are cut short. Who were they? What did their lives mean? What potential has been snatched away? This story―a chronicle of the life and death of Robyn Hightman―reflects how much can be lost and the devastating impact on those left behind.
“Speed and alcohol were common factors in many of the holiday fatal crashes, which pushed us over 500 traffic deaths for the year so far. At what point have Virginians had enough of men, women, teens and children dying on our highways? All we ask is for Virginians to make responsible driving practices and habits an every-day priority. Please make that commitment today, so we can save more lives than lose them in these final months of 2019.”
Major automakers said on Wednesday they have agreed to equip nearly all U.S. vehicles with systems to remind motorists of passengers in the back seat, by model year 2025, in an effort to avoid deaths of young children left behind in hot cars.
The busiest time for Deer-Vehicle-Collisions is right around the corner: fall, which is rutting (mating) season for deer. Bridget Donaldson, a scientist with the Virginia Transportation Research Council—that’s VDOT’s research arm—has spent almost four years tracking deer activity and collisions along a stretch of I-64 west of Charlottesville. Of all the DVCs recorded during her study period, more than half occurred during October and November. During the rut, says Knox, “Their activity goes up dramatically, and that means they’re crossing roads.”
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual Brake Safety Week is scheduled for Sept. 15-22 with a focus on brake hoses and tubing, and if the results of June’s 72-hour International Roadcheck inspection blitz are any indicator, trouble lies ahead for many operators.
The public art project is part of Vision Zero, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s initiative to eliminate traffic deaths on Los Angeles streets by 2025. The program, which began in Sweden in the 1990s, teaches that every traffic death is preventable through better education, enforcement, behavior or street design.
In 2017, the latest figures available, 939 people were killed by vehicles blowing through red lights, according to a AAA study of government crash data. It's the highest death toll since 2008 and 28% higher than in 2012. AAA says two people are killed every day in the U.S. by drivers who don't stop for the signals.
“Crashes involving DUI are entirely preventable,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “We are asking motorists to keep themselves, their passengers and other motorists safe by designating a sober driver and not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”
Approximately 398 people could lose their lives and another 45,300 could suffer serious injuries on the nation’s roadways over the Labor Day holiday weekend, according to National Safety Council estimates. The lower than usual fatality estimate reflects an overall national trend that shows roadway fatalities are down 3% through the first six months of 2019 compared with the same time frame in 2018.
“Just as our physical infrastructure systems are aging and in need of attention, so too are the workers who design, construct, operate, and oversee these systems,” noted Joseph Kane, Senior Research Associate and Associate Fellow of the group’s metropolitan policy program.
The app, called incenTrip, uses real-time data to plot quick routes, and uses artificial intelligence to customize those routes for an individual over time. Regional officials said they’re hopeful the app’s built-in reward system will encourage more commuters to help reduce traffic and carbon emissions by ditching their cars.
U.S. safety regulators did not start using “female” crash test dummies until 2011. It’s just one example of many that the world we live in is designed by men — for men... There are so many examples of how gender bias plays out in transportation and city building, so we’ve compiled a handy list
Say you spot a truck blocking a bike lane in San Francisco’s Mission District. Using a new app called Safe Lanes, you can snap a picture of the offending vehicle’s license plate, and beam it up to a constantly refreshing, GPS-coded map.
Tuesday, first responders gathered at Tuck’s Collision in Pulaski to keep on top of training for rescuing people trapped in their cars after a crash... Across the parking lot, Virginia State Police were taking people through a distracted driving simulation to warn them of the risks that can pop up out of nowhere on the road.
During a six-month period from August 2018 to March 2019, 12 children were killed and another 47 were injured while getting on and off school buses nationwide. Bus stop-arms were extended at the time, which means that in Virginia and the 49 other states, drivers were required to come to a full stop.
In June 2019, the Roanoke City School Board passed a resolution and Roanoke City Council adopted an ordinance to decrease the speed limit from 25 MPH to 15 MPH in most neighborhood school zones in the City. The new speed limit will be in effect during arrival and dismissal of school. Roanoke Police will increase its enforcement of the new speed limit. Please reduce your speed and watch for children when passing through school zones.
Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous and prominent distractions in a commercial or grey fleet vehicle. According to the National Safety Council, using a cellphone while driving leads to 1.6 million car accidents per year.
Located in the city of Utrecht near Central Station, the 24/7 ride-in facility now features enough storage for a casual 12,500 bikes, including regular commuter bikes, cargo bikes, electric bikes, and even tandems (yes, some people use 'em).
Roughly 25 million children nationwide begin and end their day on a school bus, according to the National Safety Council. In Southwest Virginia, thousands of students equates to hundreds of buses. Washington County has a total of 135 buses, for example.
For now, the District Department of Transportation is focused on luring two other modes to city streets this year: electric tricycles — trikes — and e-cargo bikes, which could facilitate the delivery of food or packages.
Before WPWC members gave him a name, Steve was simply known as a rubber tire crane. He came to the Manassas area to lift 10 concrete beams for the new Bull Run Drive Bridge over Interstate 66. Follow Steve on twitter @i66Crane
Hundreds of Tennessee drivers were fined in July under the state's newly implemented distracting driving law that makes it illegal to hold a phone while driving, and state officials say they plan to ramp up enforcement further.
It has been a lethal summer for New York City cyclists, with two riders killed last week in the span of just 24 hours, on Brooklyn’s McGuinness Blvd. and Clove Road in Staten Island, followed by another cyclist fatality on Monday in Sunset Park. These deaths are the latest in a string of 18 cycling fatalities to strike the city this year, a number that already vastly outstrips 2018’s 10 deaths. Brooklyn has been hit particularly hard, with 13 of the 18 cycling fatalities happening within our borough.
Toyota — which has already made its safety suite standard across its lineup for both its eponymous brand as well as Lexus — has developed a simple mantra to keep its drivers and their passengers safer on the roadways: "Don't hit anything. Don't get hit. Don't run off the road,"
It seems it was only yesterday that my husband and I had to sit down with someone for a serious talk. “It’s time to recognize that you’re getting older,” the talk began. “Your body is changing, and soon you’ll probably be thinking differently about a lot of things. That’s why we wanted to sit you down now before things get too serious and have this little talk.”
The Virginia driver accused of killing a woman at a Falls Church crosswalk should not have been on the road in the first place. 7 On Your Side discovered court records that show 46-year old David Alan Francis of South Riding, VA already had several speeding and other traffic citations and last month was found guilty of driving on a suspended or revoked license.
Virginia State Police is asking for the public’s help to find the person responsible for a hit-and-run crash that left a cyclist with serious injuries. The incident occurred in Westmoreland County on July 14, 2019.
The driver of a tractor-trailer that overturned on Interstate 95 in Chesterfield County on Wednesday, injuring two people in another vehicle, has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. The crash happened about 2:10 p.m. on southbound I-95, north of Willis Road, Exit 64.
Washington D.C. is poised to become the latest city to fight gridlock with mopeds. The District Department of Transportation is launching a four-month pilot program to invite shared motor-scooters to zip through the city, officials announced last week.
David Diamond, a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida, has worked closely with KidsAndCars.org. He focuses on cognitive neuroscience, including the neurobiology of "Forgotten Baby Syndrome." He has a theory on how caring, competent parents can forget their children in the car.
Driver Rebecca Earner, 16, and three passengers, Ambra Eddleton, 16, Justin Carpenter, 14, and Kyrstin Wolfanger, 14, were all pronounced dead at the scene. Several teens were thrown from the vehicle. Kelsi Bird, 16, the only person wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, survived and is in satisfactory condition at Strong Memorial Hospital.
Last month, North Carolina teenager Macy Smith credited a GPS tracker on her phone, along with a Bible within reach, for her survival after she lost control of her car during a heavy rainstorm. It hydroplaned, flipped, and slid down a ravine, pinning her below it. Hours later, her family used the Find My Friends app to pinpoint her location.
They rallied together, rehashing the pain they experienced and the pain they are still experiencing, like on Megan’s sister’s wedding day. It’s a pain for which there is no cure. A pain they are trying so hard to prevent for other families.
If you walk or bike around Virginia Beach, the city wants to hear from you. Officials are asking people to complete the online survey on the 2020 Active Transportation Plan. The plan will focus on promoting the safety and accessibility of walking and biking around the city.
A new report from home security website ASecureLife looked at three years worth of traffic fatality reports to determine which highways are the most dangerous in each state. The report identified three highways for each state and the number of fatalities from May through September in 2015 to 2017.
The addition of a category for scooters would streamline the recording of scooter crashes, creating a cleaner data set for state agencies, local police departments and government bodies to review. "I think it's important to be able to learn the statistics about these crashes, particularly for safety improvements,"
Five years after Uber first came to town, local taxi services have shifted their focus and adopted new approaches to the business. It’s a seismic change that’s occurred as a result of the reshuffle in priorities among different players in the transportation industry.
We’re more than halfway through this summer’s Blue and Yellow Line shutdown, with all six stations south of National Airport slated to resume service on September 9. Alexandria put out a midsummer report about how the shutdown has impacted the city. Here are some of its findings.
Last Thursday evening, dozens of people braved sweltering heat to memorialize two men who were struck and killed by an SUV driver at James Monroe Park on the evening of July 10. They were the 13th and 14th people to be killed in a traffic crash in the District this year... Eight out of DC’s 14 traffic fatalities to date in 2019 have been pedestrians,
During the tests, drivers aged 55 and older were up to eight seconds slower than millenials when using vehicle functions like calling and navigation. That added time can be dangerous; AAA says removing your eyes from the road for just two seconds can double the risk of a crash.
The study of 1.6 million car insurance applications by Insurify, an auto insurance comparison website, looked at what professions were the most likely to have had moving violations, such as speeding, driving under the influence or driving with suspended licenses. The database of insurance applications includes personal information such as driving history and job.
Beginning after Labor Day, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) plans significant closures of the right lane of the westbound span of the Bay Bridge on weekdays, with the closure lifted on Fridays.
David Salovesh was following the flow of traffic on April 19 when police said 25-year-old Robert Earl Little Jr. sped through a red light in a stolen van and struck Salovesh on Florida Avenue NE near Benning Road. Salovesh died at the scene. He was 54.
Police discovered texts that allegedly showed Weaver "in the midst of a heated discussion" with a woman concerning "relationship problems," according to an affidavit to a search warrant filed last month in Augusta County Circuit Court. The texts stretched over a two-hour period.
With the Washington Navy Yard on one side and the National Park Service's Anacostia Park on the other, the park will not only be a route for bicyclists and pedestrians to cross the river, but also a destination for others to experience a unique architectural site with countless attractions for the whole community to experience.
Nearly 12,000 snowplows in the state will be outfitted with new software and equipment to more efficiently manage winter weather operations. The changes will mean better monitoring of routes, and vehicle maintenance.
Researchers from OnePoll, on behalf of Root Insurance, surveyed 2,000 U.S. adults about their driving habits. Findings show that the leading causes of “zombie driving” were people having a lot on their mind (49%), fatigue (42%) and familiarity with roads (40%).
If you drive I-95 for any reason take the improvement survey today! The I-95 corridor is not just a highway- it's multimodal! The corridor includes facilities that run parallel to I-95, like US Route 1, and has rail services, bus services, carpooling, vanpooling, and express lanes.
As they continue investigating the death of a 10-month-old baby who died in a hot car on Tuesday, police and first responders are reminding the public how easily it can happen to anyone. Officials say the inside of a car can rise 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes... In 95-degree weather, the thermometer showed the inside of the car reached 110 degrees in roughly 15 minutes.
City council has voted to reboot its road-safety plan, as its first attempt failed to reduce traffic deaths. Three years after endorsing the city’s first Vision Zero strategy aimed at eliminating road fatalities, councillors voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt Vision Zero 2.0.
Planners assume the average person will walk about 10 minutes to get to a transit destination, which is about a half mile in a straight line. If you map that out, the area around a transit station where the average person would be willing from walk forms a circle. In practice however, there are many things that could make that trip take longer.
Litterio was heading east at about 70 mph when, all of a sudden, a large plastic transport container flew out of the bed of the pickup truck in front of him. He said the container was empty and it wasn’t strapped down. There was no way for him to avoid the collision; Litterio hit the deck, sliding and rolling down the interstate.
As major cities in the United States are seeing declining numbers in public transit ridership, Capital Metro officials are saying Austin is on the rise. "I would like to think a big component of that is what we did with Cap Remap," said CapMetro CEO Randy Clarke. "More people have closer access to high quality transit than we've ever had."
The long-awaited expansion of Citi Bike's network will touch down in South Bronx and Upper Manhattan next year, with the system crawling deeper into Brooklyn and Queens by 2023, city officials announced on Tuesday. When the phase three extension is complete, Citi Bike's service area will be doubled, and its fleet—currently hovering around 12,000—will increase to 40,000 bikes. A $100 million contribution from Lyft, which acquired Citi Bike last year, will fund the growth.
Advertising is everywhere, and alcohol-related advertising is no exception. In 2011 alone, 14 major alcohol marketers spent a whopping $3.45 billion on advertising.1 According to the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, youth aged 11 to 14 see an average of 2 to 4 alcohol advertisements every day.
A 17-year-old driver remains in serious condition Monday in a Duluth hospital, where she is being treated for many broken bones in her face and other injuries inflicted when her small car hit a full-grown moose...
The cannabis technology platform Eaze today released the first study of its kind in California, “Perceptions on Impairment: Cannabis Consumers in Focus.” The report, which captures cannabis consumers’ transportation choices before and after consumption, shows significant gaps in consumer education about impairment.
On July 4, the enormous sinkhole opened up in Dale City, Virginia, and pulled an unoccupied red car deep into the ground, Fox News reported. Video footage of the incident showed neighbors observing the sinkhole, which managed to consume the vehicle and rip its front bender off in a couple of minutes.
“Where I see people getting into trouble with reckless driving is when they take sleep medications,” said Letsen. “They get on the roads and that is a dangerous thing to do.” Pam White is an agent with Huffman Insurance Agency in Tazewell County and says a reckless driving crash can make a huge impact on your insurance rates.
After more than a year of wrangling with electric scooters at the Oceanfront, city leaders have decided to allow them in a designated area: The trolley lanes on Atlantic Avenue. But it's only for six months to test if it's a viable option.
The Metropolitan police will become the first British force to deploy a drone to monitor road users later this month. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will focus on road users engaged in dangerous driving, such as racing, that could potentially put others at risk, rather than targeting all speeding motorists, according to the Met.
The move to suspend driving licences for those caught with mobiles while committing a traffic offence is part of a wider mobility bill due to be passed in the coming weeks and which will pump €13.4 billion into improving France's transport networks and cut its carbon emissions.
Yeager was charged with two counts of endangering the health or life of a child and two counts of reckless conduct. She was also cited for failure to secure a passenger of the age of 8 and under the age of 16.
Seabrook said she was on her way to pick up someone when she spotted Ellis, blood pouring from his head. “I can’t even think of what was going through his mind as he was lying there in the dark,” she said. “It’s just traumatic.”
Roundabouts force drivers to slow down and all but eliminate the most severe types of intersection crashes — right-angle, left-turn and head-on collisions. Single-lane roundabouts see fewer total crashes of any type. Adding another lane makes roundabouts more complex, creating more potential conflicts.
Numerous instances of high, rushing water on roadways and water rescues have been reported around Arlington and Fairfax counties. Heavy rain could cause flash flooding in parts of Arlington, particularly around streams and low-lying areas. The warning — which includes most of Arlington, with the exception of some southern portions of the county — means that flooding is either imminent or occurring.
Transportation Alternatives’ Interim co-Executive Director Marco Conner said the latest cyclist death — the third in a week — shows that “Vision Zero is in a state of emergency and Mayor de Blasio is in denial about his signature program faltering under his neglect.”
The Indian Head Highway crash killed siblings 5-year-old twins Alexander Mejia and Rosalie Mejia, and 1-year-old Isaac Mejia... Police say Hawks told them he was coming home from a Washington Redskins game, and blew a .17 on a Breathalyzer test after the crash — twice the legal limit.
Until recently, laws relating to “micromobility” vehicles like electric scooters, skateboards, hoverboards, and electric unicycles were rarely enforced and largely unknown (if they even existed). Some states still categorize all such vehicles as toys.
The string of recent crashes include pedestrians injured in several communities, including D.C., Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, Fairfax County and Alexandria. Though bus accidents involving pedestrians comprise a small fraction of overall accidents, the pedestrians suffered significant, at times catastrophic, injuries.
Police said the fatal incident happened around 10:30 p.m. while Delott was riding her bike in a designated lane on a causeway bridge in Indian Rocks, Fox 13 reports. As she was pedaling, a driver of a BMW, whom police identified as Neil Singhal, allegedly swerved into the bike lane and sent Delott flying through the air, according to the outlet.
Whether your desire to drive is practical, personal, or some combination of the two, driving is not only a useful skill, but an empowering one: it helps you help yourself (and others!), makes a new place less scary, and gets you where you need to go — whatever that means.
For most drivers, interactions with VDOT workers are fleeting. But VDOT's Safety Service Patrol exists to keep traffic moving on the interstate and help drivers in need. Through new funding approved by the General Assembly as part of the I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan, seven more drivers and seven trucks hit the road on Monday throughout the Staunton and Culpeper districts. Those district comprise VDOT's northwest region.
Two men are dead and three others are in the hospital after a single-car crash on Interstate 95. Police say it happened around 1:20 p.m. Friday at the 123.7 mile marker on I-95 in Spotsylvania County, Va.
Police say drivers hitting the road in Virginia need to put down their phones and pay attention. Two new laws take effect Monday, July 1 to crack down on distracted driving and promote safety on the streets.
A Richmond cyclist was killed Monday morning after being struck by a delivery truck during their morning route in Manhattan. Robyn Hightman was working as a bike messenger when struck on Sixth Avenue near 24th Street just after 10 a.m.
From the Rockaways to the Bronx, the videos on the crowdsourced instagram account @onthebikelane highlight the difficulty of using the lanes, which are often blocked by parked vehicles and delivery trucks or used by motorists to pass. The account, created this week by cyclist Jameson Croasdale, also allows users to express outrage at the police practice of ticketing cyclists following fatal collisions.
The head of the Massachusetts motor vehicle division has resigned after her agency failed to terminate the commercial driving license of a man whose collision with a group of motorcyclists on a rural New Hampshire road left seven bikers dead.
The Pulse, which is now GRTC’s busiest bus route, carries an average of nearly 7,000 riders every weekday, double the service’s initial goal of 3,500. This is a remarkable result for a new mode of service only one year into operation.
Richmond’s Pulse is one of America’s newest (and best!) bus rapid transit lines... Unfortunately, like almost all public transit that reaches out into suburban areas, it lacks the safe pedestrian infrastructure needed to access certain stations. The Pulse’s worst pedestrian offender is probably the Staples Mill set of stations. How DOES one safely cross Broad Street from either of these stations?
Throughout parts of William & Mary and downtown Williamsburg, green signs with aggressive, black font catch the eyes of passersby. The signs are in the bathrooms of bars on Scotland Street and on paper towel dispensers, carrying both a proper name and a message: “Steer Clear.” Meaning, steer clear of drunken driving.
About 57% of respondents said features like automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning and lane keeping assistance have helped prevent collisions. The responses covered about 72,000 vehicles with the features, according to the consumer advocacy group that publishes Consumer Reports magazine.
A study by personal-injury law firm Siegfried & Jensen used state handbooks and public documents about the requirements of each state’s tests, the firm examined a variety of information, including the number of questions on the knowledge portion of the exam and the number of maneuvers tested in the skills portion.
Commenting on the case, Road Policing Officer Mark Patterson, from North Yorkshire Police said: “As the footage clearly shows, Miss White’s driving that day was highly irresponsible and incredibly dangerous and it’s only through sheer luck she wasn’t involved in a serious collision. Her blatant disregard for the safety of the child and traffic laws could have ended tragically and the consequences of her actions had she of lost control of her vehicle doesn’t bear thinking about.”
The change lowers the legal limit for blood alcohol content to 0.03%, down from the 0.05% that had been the standard for the past 57 years. An individual who weighs approximately 140 pounds and consumes just one 12-ounce beer will likely have surpassed the legal 0.03% threshold.
Data from the Health And Community Services Union (HACSU) shows 31 of the state's 92 on-road ambulances are in breach of Ambulance Tasmania's vehicle replacement policy. The union said the policy was to replace vehicles older than six years, or with an odometer reading greater than 210,000 kilometres.
Green faces a litany of charges: Two second-degree felony counts of DUI manslaughter; four third-degree felony counts of DUI causing serious bodily injury; third-degree felony posession of cocaine; five misdemeanor counts of DUI property damage; and third-degree felony driving with a suspended license.
The European Union has set itself a goal of reaching zero fatalities on its roads by 2050, something that could be made possible with new automation features. While progress so far is limited, one country has been outperforming the rest - Ireland.
The Las Vegas City Council has created a brilliant way for people with parking tickets to pay them off while assisting public schools. The city council unanimously voted to allow parking tickets issued from June 19 to July 19, to be paid with school supplies, according to a press release.
The legislation, known as the Green Light Bill, expands access to driver’s licenses to an estimated 265,000 undocumented New Yorkers. Supporters say it will create safer roads, increase state revenue and keep families together by preventing traffic violations from turning into deportations.
Nearly 100 teens representing 30 high and middle schools from across the commonwealth will be arriving at James Madison University Monday for a week of educational and hands-on activities that focus on safe driving practices and the importance of making responsible decisions while driving.
The year 2018 ranks as the third-deadliest of the previous decade on America's roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated Monday that 36,750 people were killed in the U.S. in traffic crashes in 2018.
The Government has unveiled a new traffic sign, featuring a hedgehog, to warn road users of animal-related hazards. The small wildlife sign, which will be placed in areas where collision rates are highest, aims to ‘fill a gap’ between warnings about smaller animals, such as migratory toads and wildfowl, and large animals including deer and livestock.
Senate Bill 1481 and House Bill 2551 allows the DMV to waive the CDL knowledge test for qualified military drivers, making it easier for military personnel to get a job upon leaving the military. The law goes into effect on July 1.
The Student Freedom Pass provides people ages 13-17 years old with unlimited free rides on Hampton Roads Transit’s bus, ferry, and light rail services. Service is available in the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach. Parents can enjoy the time and money they will save when they stop chauffeuring and leave the safe and reliable driving to Hampton Roads Transit.
Marietta and Cobb police officers cited 141 motorists in less than three hours, according to Marietta Officer Jared Rakestraw, who organized the multi-agency operation. Rakestraw said total citations reached 170... Georgia’s hands-free law prohibits drivers in the state from holding their phones or having it anywhere on their body while driving, even if the driver is stopped at a light.
More than 65 high and middle schools across the Commonwealth participated in the annual Arrive Alive campaign that ran from March 18, 2019 to May 3, 2019. The high school campaign focused on reducing risks and preventing teen driver-related crashes during the high-risk warm weather months and during prom and graduation celebrations. The middle school campaign addressed passenger, pedestrian and bike safety, as well as establishing safe driving attitudes and behaviors prior to the driving years.
Earlier this year, local leaders announced plans to scale back parking in Amsterdam’s core by about 1,500 spaces per year. A new short film celebrates bike-friendly Amsterdam’s no-drama strategy for eliminating car parking: “It’s not a big deal here.”
Your teen sees a driver's license as a step toward freedom, but you might not be sure your teen is ready for the road. One thing is certain: teens aren't ready to have the same level of driving responsibility as adults.
David Francisco is still healing three years after his life was changed forever. "My body went 100 feet down the road," Francisco said. In April 2016, he was riding his bicycle in Berry Hill when he says he was t-boned by a distracted driver who ran a red light.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law on Thursday new regulations that allow autonomous vehicles to operate on the state's roads without a backup human driver. The law officially goes into effect on July 1.
They are everywhere. Sometimes they’re an unwelcome surprise on a morning commute, other times they can lead to a trip to the mechanic. Richmond’s Department of Public Works has four crews attacking this daily nuisance. They’ve filled 50,000 in the last two years.
The Department of Public Works and Richmond police identified several intersections in the Fan District with high travel volume as part of the High Injury Street Network, which encompasses 16 percent of all Richmond streets that account for 58 percent of serious injuries and death from crashes, according to city officials.
The city began seizing 46 ice cream trucks Wednesday in "Operation Meltdown" after operators violated traffic laws and then evaded fines for nearly a decade, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a news release.
When it comes to experience as a truck driver, OOIDA life member Steen Gronlund is in an elite class. Gronlund, 73, has been a trucker for 49 years and possesses 5.43 million miles in his career. Even better, he’s done so without one crash.
After a slow start, the city has announced that more than 50,000 New Yorkers have signed up for half-priced MetroCards through the new Fair Fares program. The initiative offers reduced fare MetroCards to low-income New Yorkers who, in this phase of the rollout, receive "cash assistance benefits" and are currently working at least 20 hours a week.
Michelin and General Motors are working on a new wheel technology that will make flat tires a thing of the past. The new Uptis Prototype (Unique Puncture-proof Tire System) would help save 200 million tires from being scrapped every year, according to Michelin.
Twenty-five high schools from Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties, along with St. Gertrude High School and ECPI University, are hosting ceremonies June 4-15. An anticipated 400 to 7,000 attendees are expected at each event.
She also was ordered to give 25 lectures on distracted driving during a three-year probationary term after pleading guilty to felony criminal vehicular homicide and gross misdemeanor reckless driving. The teen also is barred from driving for the next three years and must pay more than $7,000 in restitution.
Granite Telecommunications, LLC, a $1.4 billion provider of communications services to multilocation businesses and government agencies, has sponsored a series of DRIVE SMART Virginia (DSV) events at high schools in Fairfax County, Va. The series kicked off June 5 at Woodson High School with students participating in safe-driving activities.
New research shows that many drivers are profoundly distracted by their phones when they're going past first responders working crashes on the roadways. New research from the National Safety Council found 71% of drivers admitted to taking photos and texting while driving by emergency workers; that's nearly triple the 24% who admitted to doing it under normal driving conditions.
The retired football star David Beckham recently received a six-month driving ban after being photographed using his hand-held phone while driving. Unfortunately, Beckham is not alone in apparently thinking that time spent driving can also be usefully spent doing something else.
District officials are investing a fresh coat of paint in the hopes of keeping pedestrians safer. They recently announced investment in crosswalk upkeep and expansion.
According to a decision made last week, anytime the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) repaves an intersection or does general construction, crews will lay down higher-visibility crosswalk lines after they finish.
The federal government’s 1995 decision to allow states to set speed limits higher than 65 mph caused almost 14,000 additional deaths over 25 years on interstates and freeways, according to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Researchers from the University of Colorado Denver and the University of New Mexico discovered that where local governments had spent money on high-quality cycle lanes, drivers became more aware of what was going on around them and were also more inclined to reduce their speed.
Sixty-seven percent of highway contractors report that motor vehicles had crashed into their construction work zones during the past year, according to the results of a new highway work zone study conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America.
When a teen driver is involved, almost two-thirds of the nearly 700 people injured or killed in crashes each year are other than the teen behind the wheel. The number of these deaths is about 17 % higher each day during the summer compared to other days of the year.
A new online training course from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries is intended to enhance safety and comfort for all drivers.
The free, interactive Ergonomics for Drivers course provides step-by-step instructions to help enhance road vision, steering and braking while reducing fatigue and discomfort. During the course, users are guided through more than 15 vehicle adjustments – including the seat, steering wheel, head restraint, mirrors and seat belt – before hitting the road.
As traffic fatalities rise, teachers and traffic-safety experts are bringing those lessons to school classrooms, training students on how to safely navigate the streets — lessons that educators say will last a lifetime and that transportation officials hope will inculcate a safety culture in the next generation of road users.
A recent study, shows drivers who don’t wear their seat belts are more likely to skip seat belts and car seats for their children. The study looked at nationwide data on vehicle crashes involving passengers age 19 and younger between the years 2011-2015.
Buckle up. That's not just a suggestion when it comes to new Chevy Traverse, Malibu, and Colorado models arriving this summer. For teenage drivers, the car won't shift out of park for 20 seconds if the ignition is on and the driver doesn't have their seat belt buckled.
The Vezo 360, which comes from ArVizon, is smart dash cam that uses AI to detect signs of drowsiness and alert drivers with alarms if they look like they are about to fall asleep at the wheel. The Korea-based tech startup has built a smart 360-degree dash cam that watches both the road and the driver at the same time.
The 100 deadliest days of summer stretches from Memorial Day to Labor Day when there is an uptick in fatal accidents involving teen drivers. A study by Volvo shows drivers are more distracted than they were five years ago.
The family says they want to send a warning to all drivers ahead of Memorial Day weekend. Each time Catherine Mango gets behind a wheel, she’s reminded of how she lost her 8-year-old granddaughter, A’Daesha Holley in a two-car distracted driving crash in 2016.
GM first made the request for a two-year temporary waiver on features like mirrors, dashboard warning lights and turn signals designed for a human driver in a petition filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in January 2018.