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A recent survey found that vehicle crashes continue to pose a threat to highway construction workers, just as work zones increase danger for drivers and passengers.

A new survey by HCSS Software Solutions and Associated General Contractors found that vehicle crashes continue to pose a threat to highway construction workers, as work zones likewise pose a threat to vehicle drivers and passengers. The survey found specifically that a whopping 64% of highway contractors “report that motor vehicles had crashed into their construction work zones during the past year,” a massive danger to both parties—though the data suggests the risk is greater for drivers and passengers than for workers. 

The survey polled a total of 538 respondents on a number of questions. Its results include findings that 18% of contractors experienced vehicle crashes in which at least one worker sustained injuries, while 41% of contractors experienced vehicle crashes that resulted in injuries to vehicle occupants. And while only seven percent reported vehicle crashes in which construction workers lost their lives, 15% reported on vehicle crashes in which vehicle occupants lost their lives.

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Recent data shares that as many as 100 vehicles crash into buildings daily, with a total of at least 36,500 crashes and 2,500 deaths every year.

As many as 100 vehicles crash into buildings every day in America, according to an audit by risk management company CHC Global of data gathered by the Storefront Safety Council. That number reflects an upward revision of the Council’s previous estimate that vehicles crash into buildings 60 times per day; it also reflects a total of at least 36,500 vehicle-into-building crashes every year. The Council’s co-founder Rob Reiter believes these crashes result in 16,000 people injured every year, and at least 2,500 annual fatalities, according to a recent report by Slate. Continue reading

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In an effort to increase safety, a new legislation was signed by New York Governor Kathy Hochul that will now allow school zone speed cameras to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and issue tickets to drivers who are speeding.

School zone speed cameras will now operate 24 hours/day, seven days/week in New York City, thanks to new legislation signed last week by New York Governor Kathy Hochul. The approximately 2,000 speed cameras in the city’s 750 school zones were previously only able to operate from 6am to 10pm on school days. As a report by Gothamist notes, the legislation expanding the speed camera program will last three years, until July 2025. 

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a rule that will require child safety seats to improve their protection to keep children safe from sustaining serious injuries during side-impact crashes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a division of the Department of Transportation, issued a final rule last week that “updates testing requirements for child safety seats to improve the protection of children during side-impact crashes,” according to a press release. The rule is designed to keep young children from sustaining serious injuries in motor vehicle crashes. Continue reading

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A recent study by researchers at Boston University and Harvard University found that African American and Hispanic drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists are suffering a higher fatality rate on US roads.

A new study by researchers at Boston University and Harvard University, reported on by Streetsblog, found that Black and Hispanic Americans experience “systematically” higher fatality rates per 100 million miles traveled on US roads. Drawing on data provided by the 2017 National Household Travel Survey and the U.S. Fatality Analysis Reporting System, the study looked at miles traveled in various modes of transportation, including pedestrians, bicycle users, and light-duty vehicle occupants.  Continue reading

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released data on incidents that involved automated driving technology, which resulted in 392 accidents, 6 fatalities, and 5 injuries.

A new standing general order published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a division of the Department of Transportation, released data on hundreds of car crashes involving automated driving technology. As Fox News reported, the report assembled ten months of car crash data gathered in conjunction with the agency’s investigation into the safety of automated vehicles. Continue reading

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New York City Mayor, Eric Adams, recently shared that his administration will be proactive about reducing traffic violence on the deadly streets surrounding school zones.

Responding to a recent Streetsblog report on the deadly streets surrounding New York City’s school zones, Mayor Eric Adams recently said that his administration will “do more” to reduce the traffic violence in those areas, found to be dramatically higher than averages elsewhere in the city, particularly in the morning and afternoon hours when students come to school or head home. Per a new report by the publication, he said during a press conference in the Bronx last week that he will “look at that report, see what streets we’re talking about, and zero in on those streets.” Continue reading

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The NHTSA offers safety tips for motorcycle drivers after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that a total of 5,579 people lost their lives on their motorcycles in 2020.

A total of 5,579 motorcycle drivers lost their lives in traffic crashes in 2020, according to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a division of the Department of Transportation. In a resource providing safety tips to motorcyclists, who in 2020 were “28 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash and were 4 times more likely to be injured,” the NHTSA offers a number of recommendations designed to help make the roads safer for them. Continue reading

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The Governors Highway Safety Association shared that almost 20% of pedestrian deaths in 2021 occurred on highways, revealing that pedestrians need to be provided with a safer route for getting from one place to another.

As recently released data by the Governors Highway Safety Association revealed, almost 20% of pedestrian deaths in 2021 occurred on freeways and interstate highways. Noting that the GHSA speculated that those fatalities were largely among drivers who exited their vehicles, first responders, tow truck drivers, and construction workers, an analysis by Streetsblog proposes that this may not actually be the case. Citing data by the Insurance Institute for Highway, the analysis poses that many of those pedestrians may have been people who willingly chose “or had no choice but to” walk on such dangerous roads. Continue reading

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New York City’s Department of Transportation is launching a new program that will test out different barrier types along city bike lanes in order to find which material is the most protective for the city’s cyclists.

New York City’s bike lanes are about to get a little safer. According to a recent announcement, the city’s Department of Transportation is launching a pilot program to protect bike lanes with materials other than jerseys. As the announcement explains, the program falls under the city’s broader two-year initiative to harden half of its bike lanes “using sturdier materials that can keep lanes clear for cyclists.” Continue reading

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