Phoenix Heads Up! Walk Smart Campaign

The City of Phoenix launched a new “Heads Up! Walk Smart” pedestrian safety campaign this week, where city and Valley Metro workers will be educating bus and light rail passengers. The city will also be placing signs at 10 bus and light rail stops, reminding people to use crosswalks. These are the 10 locations the city will be targeting: 3rd … Read More

NHTSA “do not drive” warning 2006 Ford Rangers and Mazda B-Series Trucks Phoenix

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is deeply concerned that certain higher-risk MY 2006 Ford Rangers and Mazda B-Series trucks with defective Takata airbags are not being repaired fast enough. These vehicles are under a “do not drive” warning and the air bags must be replaced immediately. NHTSA is issuing a second public plea to … Read More

Rise in red-light-running crash deaths

Red-light-running is one of the most common factors in urban crashes and fatalities from them have risen in recent years. In 2016, more than 800 people died, an increase of 17 percent from 2012. One of the main reasons for the increase in the death toll is the decline in the number of programs in U.S. communities that use the … Read More

2018 International Walk and Bike to School Day will be held on October 10th

Young people in your family and community may have already begun the school year, but it’s never too late for any of us to learn important and lifesaving lessons about staying safe when walking and biking. For more than 20 years, International Walk and Bike to School Day has been about helping young people learn how to stay safe as … Read More

That sign telling you how fast you’re driving, will be spying on you

The next time you drive past one of those road signs with a digital readout showing how fast you’re going, don’t simply assume it’s there to remind you not to speed. It may actually be capturing your license plate data. According to recently released US federal contracting data, the Drug Enforcement Administration will be expanding the footprint of its nationwide surveillance network … Read More

Woman who caused crash while texting heading to prison

A Cedar Rapids, Iowa woman who was texting when her car collided with another vehicle has been given two years in prison. Station KCRG reports that 22-year-old Kaitlyn Richards also was fined $625 at her sentencing hearing Tuesday in Iowa City. She’d pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter after prosecutors dropped a charge of vehicular homicide in exchange. The judge rejected … Read More

Child Passenger Safety Week 2018

Every week across America, parents drive young children to and from school, daycare, the store, and around the city in car seats and boosters. Yet nearly half of all car seats are installed wrong, which means your child may not be traveling as safely as possible. Car seats and boosters are one of the easiest ways to keep your child … Read More

Evaluating Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive cruise control Adaptive cruise control (ACC) maintains a set speed and following distance from the vehicle in front. It is designed to slow for cars ahead and can come to a full stop but may not react to already-stopped vehicles. ACC doesn’t react to traffic signals or other traffic controls. The 2017 BMW 5-series with “Driving Assistant Plus,” 2017 … Read More

How Well Do Lane Keeping Systems Work?

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety research shows that preventing lane-departure crashes could save nearly 8,000 lives in a typical year (see “New estimates of benefits of crash avoidance features on passenger vehicles,” May 20, 2010). However recent tests show that only one system was effective at keeping the vehicle between the lane lines.   Active lane-keeping Engineers focused on two … Read More

FAMILY MATTERS

The Toyota Sienna stumbled, the Chrysler Pacifica turned in an acceptable performance and the Honda Odyssey finished strong in the Institute’s passenger-side small overlap front crash test. The 2018–19 model minivans are the latest group to be put through the passenger-side small overlap test. A small overlap crash occurs when just the front corner of the vehicle strikes another vehicle … Read More