The IIHS Status Report is published periodically, is a newsletter covering research and topics in the highway safety field. This edition reports on 3 models of minivan that have significantly poor small overlap collision performance, how two cars sold by major manufacturers in India fail to meet minimum safety standards and how ABS is a benefit to both high and low risk motorcycle riders.
Vision Zero showcases cutting edge technology designed to improve the safety of road users. The January 2015 edition includes:
Parents must discuss the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs with their teenagers. Currently 36.6% of teen fatalities tested positive for alcohol and 39.2% tested positive for drugs. In this context drugs include illegal, over the counter and prescription drugs. Cannabis was by far the most prevalent substance, with 28.6 per cent of fatally-injured drivers testing positive for it. The trend is downward for alcohol and upward for drugs.
The web site describes this publication as "Rethinking Streets: An Evidence-Based Guide to 25 Complete Street Transformations, documents twenty-five case studies from around the country that helped facilitate more walking, biking, and transit use while enhancing commercial activity, with minimal to no negative impact on automobile access."
A study by researchers at the University of Florida reports that "You may have only had one glass of wine with dinner, but if you’re 55 or older, that single serving may hit you hard enough to make you a dangerous driver." Groups of young drivers and older drivers were tested on a driving simulator sober and with blood alcohol levels of .04 and .065.
The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) reports 16 to 19 year old fatally injured drivers, especially males, continue to be over represented when compared with older drivers according to a new analysis of Canadian research published over the last decade.
BC's distracted driving laws allow the use of cellular phones if they are operated in hands free mode. This sends a mixed message to drivers that it is safe to talk and text if it is done hands free. Research indicates that this is not the case, it is the conversation itself that is responsible for the cognitive impairment and increased crash risk.
Vision Zero International describes the latest in advanced automotive safety technologies. This issue looks at high tech methods to stop drinking drivers, driverless vehicles on our highways, whether WHO's decade for action on road safety is on track and how advances in illumination will advance automotive safety.
Choosing the speed to drive at on our highways is a highly controversial and individual decision. I would dare to say that the posted speed limit is only a guide for many drivers. For those drivers, the choice ranges from total disregard to the point that you decide what is 10 over from. Even some police managers that I have worked for over the years tended to downplay the involvement of speed in our collision problem. Personally, I remain convinced that those who consciously decide not to follow the rules are a part of the problem and civil disobedience has no place on our highways.
Pedestrian Injury and Human Behaviour: Observing Road-Rule Violations at High-Incident Intersections is a study conducted by researchers from Simon Fraser University. They examined seven intersections in Vancouver known for the high incidence of pedestrian collisions.