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Grieving mom: three-point child seats are inadequate

Grieving mom: three-point child seats are inadequate

November 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Eight years after her four-month-old daughter died as a result of car crash injuries, Pennsylvania mom Darla Johns is advocating for safer car seats. Johns’ daughter Aryn Mills was riding in a car with a three-point harness that her family now claims was defective. “She was always happy and giggling. She’d laugh at the ceiling […]

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(INFOGRAPHIC) Obscure law could trigger 20mph New York City speed limit

(INFOGRAPHIC) Obscure law could trigger 20mph New York City speed limit

November 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Last week, we discussed how greatly improved pedestrian casualty rates had led neighborhoods to request localized changes to the New York City speed limit – but the NYCDOT claimed that they didn’t have the budget for the switch. Now, it looks like an oft-forgotten rule might mean trigger a speed limit drop not just in some […]

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Woman with Google Glass on ticketed for distracted driving

Woman with Google Glass on ticketed for distracted driving

November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Google Glass, a wearable computer that the user dons as a pair of glasses, is as useful as a smartphone and as easy to use as, well, a pair of glasses. The device translates your own voice; sends messages; and pulls up directions “right in front of you,” as Google says, among other functions, helping […]

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Congestion charge to counter pollution in Shanghai possible

Congestion charge to counter pollution in Shanghai possible

October 23, 2013 | 1 Comment

In an attempt to reduce traffic volume and control soaring levels of air pollution, Shanghai officials may soon impose a congestion charge at peak hours. If this type of road pricing is levied, Shanghai would be the first city in China to implement such a move. Similar initiatives in London and Singapore have been successful (though […]

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Bridge suicides prompt lifesaving barriers

Bridge suicides prompt lifesaving barriers

October 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

For people in the throes of mental disturbance or difficult life situations, bridge suicides often look like accessible, fatal solutions. Advocates say that bridge suicides often occur as a result of impulse and accessibility — one of which can be prevented with deterrents, such as bridge barriers. Take San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, where over […]

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Bike registration mooted in Georgia

Bike registration mooted in Georgia

October 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Biking is becoming more prevalent — and, as some are arguing, more of a problem — in Georgia. In response to driver complaints against the influx in drivers on northern Georgia’s mountainous roads, House Bill 689 would require cyclists to purchase and display on their license a new bike registration, costing $15 annually or $48 […]

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Distracted driving targeted by Florida texting ban

Distracted driving targeted by Florida texting ban

October 8, 2013 | 1 Comment

Louis C.K. fans remember his rant against distracted driving last month on late night’s Conan O’Brien. (Watch it here if you haven’t already.) “You’re in your car,” the comedian explained, “and you start going, ‘Oh no, here it comes… I’m alone’… It starts to visit on you, this sadness. That’s why we text and drive. […]

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New York traffic speeds up – despite bike lanes

New York traffic speeds up – despite bike lanes

September 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

In New York City’s most traffic-burdened hub, the past is picking up, according to a recent Department of Transportation study and GPS-obtained taxi data, which states that average taxi speeds in Manhattan’s central business district have jumped from 8.9 mph in 2011 to 9.3 mph in 2012. There’s also been a nearly 7% increase in […]

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A history of the silent nag: the yield sign

A history of the silent nag: the yield sign

July 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Motorists slow down and look around cautiously when they see a yield sign. But they don’t wonder how that sign got there in the first place. The yield sign, an unsung hero, has actually been saving lives since 1950, when the first sign was placed at the corner of First Street and Columbia Avenue in […]

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Prudent speed limits? Impossible in the U.S.

Prudent speed limits? Impossible in the U.S.

July 8, 2013 | 1 Comment

The U.S. Interstate System Since the beginning of the 20th century, personal vehicles have allowed quick travel across the United States. The Model T, an early affordable car, had a top speed of 45 mph. People traveling across the country found themselves on unpaved roads better suited to horses. The ensuing decades saw changes in […]

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