In October, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its research notes on fatal automobile crashes in 2017. The total number of people killed in motor vehicle crashes in the United States last year was 37,133. That’s a 1.8% decrease from 2016. Still, an average of four people are killed every hour on U.S. roads. Clearly, there is more progress to be made when it comes to keeping our highways and byways safe.
Okay, so we still don’t have the flying cars we were promised. At least Connected Vehicles (CVs) are coming. Is your community ready? Probably not. Are there things you can do now so when connected cars roll into town you can make the most of them? Absolutely.
It’s hard to think of anything more important than protecting children, and more and more of the public’s focus is directed toward school safety. Much of the attention has been directed to safety inside the school building, and rightly so. But what about protecting youngsters as they travel to and from school?
Nearly 70,000 pedestrians were injured and 6,000 killed on U.S. streets in 2017, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). That fatality number represents the highest total in 25 years. Traffic engineers face constant pressure to reduce those numbers. What are some bona fide methods of preventing fatalities in crosswalks?
If you were asked to think of the place where most pedestrian fatalities occur, what would it look like? Are you picturing the busiest intersection you can think of during rush hour where the highest number of pedestrians cross the street?
If you’re like most traffic professionals, you know of a few traffic hazards on your roadways that need remediation – and your community is relying on you to find the right solution. It is an important challenge you face and getting it right takes hours of research and planning. The only problem: How do you pay for it?
Agencies across the nation are successfully acquiring federal and state grant dollars to obtain funding for unplanned safety enhancement projects, and you should too! Here are four steps to follow when applying for traffic safety grants to help ensure a lack of budgeted funds doesn’t prevent you from making your community safer.
By now you've probably heard about the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) Interim Approval (IA-21) from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). What you might not know are the steps you need to take to request new RRFB IA-21 approval to install this proven traffic solution in your community.
Take a moment and imagine living in a city with fewer traffic fatalities. A city where children walk safely across streets, hardworking mothers and fathers make their daily commute without incident and piling in the car for a Sunday afternoon drive would have no consequence.
Unfortunately, this imaginary city doesn't exist. The reality is an average of 30,000 people are killed in traffic accidents each year in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control.
Topics: Vision Zero