Posted November 04, 2018 at 08:45 AM | Updated November 04, 2018 at 08:46 AM By Larry Higgs | NJ Advance Media Last year, was the deadliest year on New Jersey roads since 2007 with 624 people dying in traffic crashes across the state. Driver behavior is the the common factor safety experts cite when asked about reasons for the increase in fatal crashes. Distracted driving has been ranked by State Police as the leading contributing factor in fatal crashes for six years running. State Police said speeding was second most common factor in fatal crashes in their most recent analysis of traffic fatalities. Experts said speed amplifies the severity of a crash from injury to death, especially when a pedestrian or cyclist is involved. And impaired driving still remains a leading cause of traffic fatalities, despite the best efforts of police and the safety community to combat it. The following list is complied from state Department of Transportation crash … [Read more...] about The deadliest highways for crashes last year in N.J.
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John Cichowski Road Warrior Published 9:00 p.m. UTC Jun 24, 2018 Two more school bus crashes in Englewood and Wanaque last week might make it seem as if New Jersey is in dire need of some quick solutions to the kinds of road tragedies that took two lives and injured 43 others in last month’s Route 80 crash in Mount Olive. Some “silver bullets” have already been proposed. The National Transportation Safety Board wants shoulder harnesses added to the lap belts now required on New Jersey school buses, a reform endorsed by Rep. Josh Gottheimer, whose congressional district covers the Paramus homes of most of the victims injured in the Route 80 crash. Some state lawmakers are also suggesting bills that would restrict school bus operation to drivers much younger than the 77-year-old operator in the Route 80 crash. Statistics, however, suggest that these weaknesses aren’t the primary causes of crashes that kill or injure children. Of 130 to 140 people … [Read more...] about Road Warrior: School bus safety isn’t only about shoulder harnesses and driver age
John Cichowski The Road Warrior, @njroadwarrior Published 9:00 p.m. UTC Jun 7, 2018 The traffic light is red, but it's 2 a.m. and no other cars are in sight. Do you go through or waste time waiting for the green? You want to stop for the stop sign, but there's no traffic, so maybe you can just tap the brakes and roll through. And must you obey the "No Turns" sign? You've missed your exit, and it might be miles before you find a way to reach the other side of the highway. If you think red-light running and rolling through stop signs are bad ideas, consider crossing a highway median to be even worse. That's the maneuver that authorities say was behind the horrific accident in which a dump truck knocked a Paramus school bus off its chassis on Route 80 in Mount Olive on May 17, killing a fifth-grade student and a teacher and injuring more than 40 others. The state police have charged the bus driver, Hudy Muldrow … [Read more...] about Paramus bus crash: Is there ever a good reason to cross a highway median?
By Robert A. Cronkleton, The Kansas City Star Updated 12:20 pm, Friday, June 1, 2018 Photo: Dreamstime /TNS Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Tech start up Integrated Roadways of Kansas City is developing "smart pavement" technology that would make roads more than just something you drive on. Roads would become a platform for future mobility and safety services. less Tech start up Integrated Roadways of Kansas City is developing "smart pavement" technology that would make roads more than just something you drive on. Roads would become a platform for future mobility and ... more Photo: Dreamstime /TNS Wi-Fi in the road? Kansas City tech start-up is wiring pavement for safety - and fun 1 / 1 Back to Gallery KANSAS CITY - Self-driving cars have captured the limelight when it comes to how you’ll get … [Read more...] about Wi-Fi in the road? Kansas City tech start-up is wiring pavement for safety
Barrington's quest for a realignment of Lake Zurich Road through property belonging to the village's library has officially ended. Lake Zurich Road has dropped from a list of projects in line for funding through the federal surface transportation program handled by the Northwest Council of Mayors Technical Committee. Barrington Village President Karen Darch chairs the committee that has other mayors and village managers as members who identify and address local transportation improvements. Federal money was supposed to fund 50 percent of the $5.9 million Lake Zurich Road shift through Barrington Area Library's parking lot to a traffic signal at Berry Road, with the state and village chipping in 25 percent each. However, library board members in April voted to end negotiations with the village over the sale of land to accommodate the project.As a result of the library board's decision, documents that were part of the transportation's group's meeting Thursday in Barrington classified … [Read more...] about Barrington push for Lake Zurich Road shift officially ends