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Spring 2017 Vol. 4, No. 1

Charting a path toward automated speed enforcement

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Speeding is by far the leading factor in fatal crashes in the U.S.—equivalent to the use of drugs, alcohol, medication, and distracted driving combined. Although automated speed enforcement (ASE) is a promising countermeasure, the idea remains contentious. To chart a possible path to its deployment, University of Minnesota researchers have published a new study focusing on ASE in Minnesota.

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New ‘hot-spot’ mapping to help combat impaired driving

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Intoxicated driving continues to be a top concern for the transportation community. Now, improved hot-spot mapping techniques developed by RSI researchers will give law enforcement agencies a powerful new tool to help combat this pressing challenge.

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Improving safety through partnerships with tribal communities

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Photo: Guillermo Narváez

The motor vehicle crash fatality rate is higher for American Indians than for any other ethnic or racial group in the United States. In a project sponsored by the Roadway Safety Institute, researchers are collaborating with American Indian communities to better understand the transportation safety risks on tribal lands and develop strategies to mitigate these risks.

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New exhibit teaches kids about reflectivity and safety

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The Institute celebrated the grand opening of its safety-themed museum exhibit at The Works Museum in Bloomington, MN, on December 9. The exhibit, a permanent installation at the museum, helps teach kids and their parents how to “be safe and be seen” while walking or biking in the dark.

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Research shared—and awarded—at TRB national conference

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RSI researchers shared their work at 28 sessions at this year’s Transportation Research Board (TRB) annual conference in Washington, D.C., in January. In addition, researcher Chen-Fu Liao received the Milton Pikarsky Memorial Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Science and Technology.

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Institute selects Student of the Year, travel awards

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Each year, the Roadway Safety Institute chooses one graduate student for its Outstanding Student of the Year Award sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation. This year’s recipient is civil engineering graduate student William Barbour of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Barbour was recognized at a ceremony held in conjunction with the TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., in January.

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Workshop shares ways to improve pedestrian safety, culture

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Pedestrian deaths are climbing faster than motorist fatalities in the U.S., increasing 11 percent in 2016 to nearly 6,000. To address some of the factors contributing to pedestrian fatalities—and to share proven, cost-effective ways to improve pedestrian safety—the Institute held the final workshop in its Pedestrian Safety Workshop series in Schaumburg, Illinois, on February 23.

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