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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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