Road safety

Can playlists quell road rage?

Can playlists quell road rage?

August 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

A European car rental company has developed a playlist to combat the stresses drivers face while on the go — especially those that lead to road rage, reports FastCo. Founded on research about how music can contribute to drivers’ relaxation or focus, Sounds for Driving is a compilation of seven new songs designed for drivers […]

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CA ban on driving while on the phone had no effect on accident rate

CA ban on driving while on the phone had no effect on accident rate

July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although California banned handheld cell phone use in cars in 2008, it doesn’t seem to have had any effect on accidents, according to a recent study. University of Colorado, Boulder researchers studied police records of over half a million traffic accidents that happened six months before and after the ban. The research only looked at six […]

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Teen drivers trading down in vehicle safety

Teen drivers trading down in vehicle safety

July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

New research says that many teenagers are operating cars that lack significant safety technology or good crash protection, reports the New York Times. The research, released last week by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, also notes that while teenagers are already at a higher crash risk regardless of what car they drive, the risks […]

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Samsung launches bike that makes its own lanes

Samsung launches bike that makes its own lanes

July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Smartphones have always been able to map out bikers’ routes, but now, thanks to Samsung’s Smart Bike, in the future, they may also help cyclists arrive safely. Launched at Milan Design Week earlier this year, the Samsung Smart Bike is equipped with laser projection, so it can light its own laser-beamed bike lanes. Some of […]

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New moves toward predictive approaches to traffic safety

New moves toward predictive approaches to traffic safety

June 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

For all the resources focused on high-crash hotspots (specific areas host to a higher-than-average number of crashes), in Minnesota, for one, there aren’t many. Expert and engineer Howard Preston, who has worked in traffic safety for 40 years, explains to blog Next City his real safety concerns: targeting scattered crashes. “Severe crashes are scattered around […]

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Is it better to wear a helmet or bike with a pack?

Is it better to wear a helmet or bike with a pack?

June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

While it may seem to be a question out of the “Would you rather…?” game, it’s a query that poses important safety implications: Is it more dangerous to bike helmetless in a city packed with cyclists, or to ride, donning a helmet, as a single cyclist on a lonely route? Bikers and safety advocates have […]

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Marijuana linked to higher car fatality rates

Marijuana linked to higher car fatality rates

June 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The number of fatal car crashes involving marijuana use tripled between 2000 and 2010, according to a recently released Columbia University study. As MSN reports, researchers ran toxicological investigations on almost 24,000 vehicle fatalities, finding that use of the drug “played at least some role” in twelve percent of fatalities. This study, along with a […]

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Are pedestrian deaths the Titanic of intersection redesign?

Are pedestrian deaths the Titanic of intersection redesign?

June 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

The death of more than a thousand passengers aboard the sinking Titanic resulted in adoption of rigorous maritime safety regulations. It has taken a rising number of pedestrian deaths in New York’s busy intersections for the city to shift its focus to road safety. Take the example of a busy street where it took another pedestrian death […]

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Study: Cars more dangerous than natural disasters

Study: Cars more dangerous than natural disasters

May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Floods, tornadoes and earthquakes are not as dangerous as simply being a pedestrian in America, according to a report by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a nonprofit safety advocacy group. More than 47,000 pedestrians died in vehicle collisions in America over 2003 to 2012, a number which tallies to 16 times the amount of Americans […]

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How to argue with a traffic engineer about speed limits

How to argue with a traffic engineer about speed limits

May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it’s actually a valid question: How do you argue effectively with a traffic engineer? For safety-conscious civilians, certain elements of traffic design are especially confusing. When infrastructure blog Strong Towns recently asked for reader submitted questions, an interesting question came from Adam of Miami, FL, who […]

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