Traffic Safety

Safety wins for D.C. cyclists with new zebra lane blockers
Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC has become the first road in the U.S. to sport Zebra Delineators – innovative lane blockers available through Traffic Safety Store. These “zebra bumps” will help protect bicyclists from car collisions. After the initial testing phase, The District Department of Transportation will consider expanded use of the product.Read More

Traffic Safety

New campaign helps parents talk to teen drivers
In honor of National Teen Driver Safety Week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) is launching “5 to drive” which provides parents with talking-points for discussing safe driving. The checklist focuses on five risk factors strongly correlated to teen accidents – texting/cell use while driving; teen passenger distractions; speeding; alcohol; and lack of seatbelt use.Read More

New Technology

$170 billion – That’s how much the United States needs to invest annually to save our roads and bridges, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

If that sounds like a dead end, consider this:

We currently invest $91 billion per year on highway infrastructure. An $89 billion increase is a slither of the $trillion increase in overall infrastructure spending recommended by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).Read More

Teen Driving

National Teen Driver Safety Week — held this week through Friday, October 26th – aims to build national awareness about safe teen driving practices. Created by the Federal Congress in 2007, NTDSW engages teens, parents, and teachers throughout the country and is sponsored by over 50 organizations — including State Farm Insurance and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – and is endorsed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.Read More

Traffic Safety

Truck drivers should pay extra to use highways, say congressional advisers
The Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation of the congressional committee on transportation met on October 10 to discuss who should help fund the future of U.S. highways. The response was resounding: Commercial truck drivers. Jack Schenendorf, who headed the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission said commercial and shipping trucks would welcome the tax increase because they are already losing money on expired roads.Read More

Traffic Safety

Should cyclist be registered too?
Cyclists residing in Georgia my soon need to register their bikes with the state – or get fined up to $100. The proposed licensing law — which has been gaining interest in state governments including California, Michigan, and Ohio —  would be the first of its kind in the country. In addition to requiring bikes licenses-plates the size of car-plates,Read More

Traffic Safety

Better traffic?
For years, officials at the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization in Virginia have been working to un-bottleneck one of suburban D.C’s most congested highways. Now, with furloughs effecting 15 percent of the road’s commuters, planners can study improved traffic conditions without spending extra money. The opportunity could allow them to make specific recommendations. For example, they may learn how changing the government’s office hours would improve rush-hour.Read More

Traffic Safety

In politics, everyone’s got an opinion: Should we subsidize school supplies? How should businesses be taxed? Should we legalize medical marijuana? These discussions seem to drag on endlessly.

When it comes to traffic safety matters, however, debates can be a matter of life or death and the final decisions affect everyone.

Every year, over 30,000 people die and hundreds of thousands more face serious and life-altering injuries due to traffic accidents in the United States.Read More

Traffic Safety

This car sees danger so you don’t have too
The Subaru Outback and Legacy recently received the highest honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for their auto-breaking system, “EyeSight.” During a controlled simulation, the camera-and-software enabled feature – 20 years in the making – avoided collision at a speed differential of 25 mph (the Subaru was going 25 mph faster than the “car” in front at time of sudden stop).Read More

Traffic Awareness

Statistician Jim Hedlund can see you while you’re driving.

Well, maybe not exactly you, but a pretty good approximation.

The Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) II – a study by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Hedlund consults on– has fortified the vehicles of over 3,000 subjects with advanced surveillance tools.Read More

Safety Glasses

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It’s always a good idea to wear safety glasses on the job in order to protect your eyes, but you need a pair that’s more suited to your personal style.  Safety glasses are great when it comes to protecting your vision.

Almost 1000 eye injuries occur every single day, and 70% of these injuries are caused by falling objects. Read More

Traffic Safety

You’ll Find Safer Cars in Hell
Of all the U.S. towns sporting odd names (Hooker, ND; Accident, MD; Blue Balls, PA), Hell, Michigan might be the most appropriately titled. The Detroit suburb with a population 72 boasts miles of rugged, winding roads. Because it’s a lot closer than North Carolina, Hell has fast become an industry favorite for test-driving – there are 376 new models slated for tests by 2015.Read More

Traffic Safety

Introducing, the car that reads your mind – and your heart and liver
Nissan has unveiled Nismo, a “smartwatch” (i.e. automated wristband) that displays the vitals of drivers (heartbeat, body temperature, social media performance) and their car (fuel efficiency). Future incarnations of this technology could include a car-watch combo that measures the driver’s sobriety before agreeing to start the engine. Nissan is also developing “mind-reading” capacities for Nismo.Read More