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?