State transportation departments use message signs to encourage people to drive safely. In 2015, Utah began a “100 deadliest Days” effort to highlight how the summer driving season is traditionally the most dangerous. Photo courtesy Utah DOT.
It was not much of a surprise to the people who work to make the nation’s transportation system safer when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released preliminary numbers showing traffic deaths had increased nearly 8 percent in 2015 to 35,200.
According to the official NHTSA news release, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, “We are analyzing the data to determine what factors contributed to the increase in fatalities and at the same time, we are aggressively testing new safety technologies, new ways to improve driver behavior, and new ways to analyze the data we have, as we work with the entire road safety community to take this challenge head-on.” Continue reading
It is not always obvious how much transportation touches the lives of people. But the folks over at the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) can tell you for certain how important aggregate is to the construction of the paved surfaces on which we all walk and ride.
For those who don’t know, the term “aggregate” is used in geology to describe rock made of one or more minerals. According to NSSGA, each American uses about 10 tons of aggregates every year. Aggregates are used in road building, paint, cleaning products and probably even more things than the typical person even imagines – like Pokemon.
One of my biggest complaints about working in transportation is that so many of us in the business tend to talk about the movement of cars and trucks when in reality our work in transportation is about moving people and goods.
The Missouri Department of Transportation has produced a video that tackles one of the hardest concepts to explain to drivers. And, they do it in a way that shows people making decisions about how to merge in a construction zone.
The cute kids help make the point that the concept of merging is so simple, even a kid gets it. Nice job, MoDOT.