The Week In Traffic Safety: August 19, 2013

Keeping Cars Safe

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association now requires automakers to issue a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for all new vehicles. The system—available at SaferCar.gov—allows consumers to check if their car is subject to a recall. Full article here. Source:Press Release, National Highway Safety Association

Bike-Friendly Leadership from the “Big” State

Texas is experiencing a statewide surge of interest in bike-friendly infrastructure. Spurred, in part, by frustrations over overcrowded roads and concerns about the rising obesity rate (two-thirds of all Texans are obese or overweight), municipalities are considering adding bike parking, bike sharing programs, bike-commuter trails, expanded bike-lanes, and city-sponsored events for cyclists. Full article here Source: The New York Times

For Safety-Sake, Start Snitching

The company, My Safety Sign just launched Spot the Hazard, a campaign to promote safety in the construction industry by addressing issues in real time. Employees can use #HazardSpotting to share pictures of possible infractions. A panel of experts then analyzes the violations and answers related questions on the campaign blog. My Safety Sign are official sign makers for Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Full article here Source: BetterRoads.com

Paint the Town

Artists in Eugene, Oregon are putting traffic signal utility boxes to new use. Instead of letting the big grey obstructions fade into the background, the city government is paying artists to paint murals on their surfaces. The project was funded by Eugene’s percent-for-arts public arts program. Full article here Source: Oregonlive.com

In Case You Missed It

Werner Herzog’s public service video From One Second to The Next has reached nearly two-million views. The half-hour video — commissioned by AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile– documents the absurd tragedies caused by texting-while-driving (TWD). In it, the renowned film maker interviews real people who’s lives have been forever changed by TWD. Viewer be warned: the content is extremely disturbing. The film is part of AT&T’s It Can Wait campaign urging drivers to put the phone away. Video here

Author: Dana Henry

Dana Henry is a Content Strategist for Traffic Safety Store. After years working as a reporter and editor for print and online publications, Dana has developed her focus on emerging technology and innovation. She resides in Philadelphia and is an avid cyclist.

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