Transportation Safety

The front of the line

By Spencer McDonald

One driving attitude that can get us into trouble and stress us out is an obsession with getting around the guy in front of us. Do you need to be at the front of the line? Common sense tells us that there really is no front of the line to reach, so to try and get there by weaving through traffic and passing anyone in front of us is a losing proposition.

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DOT’s annual drunk driving campaign comes with ignition interlock info

800+ people killed in crashes in 2012 holiday season
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Just in time for the holidays, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has kicked off its annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" winter crackdown on drunk and drugged driving. This year’s campaign comes with a technology theme: a "Model Guideline for State Ignition Interlock Programs" that will help states develop and implement a breath alcohol ignition interlock program.

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U.S. drivers are opposed to speeding – although lots of us do it

Many feel that it's not dangerous for skilled drivers
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The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a new National Survey of Speeding Attitudes and Behavior in which nearly half of drivers surveyed say speeding is a problem on our nation's roads, and one in five drivers surveyed admitted, "I try to get where I am going as fast as I can."

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Risks and road rage: Why driver safety is more than just skill

By Spencer McDonald

When we survey drivers during our training courses, we regularly have over 90% of participants rating themselves as better than average drivers. You probably fall into this group too. It’s almost certainly true; most of the time at least. I have conducted thousands of driving evaluations over 25 years and have run across very few really bad drivers.

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NTSB: Positive train technology would have prevented Bronx train derailment

Some in railroad industry say it's too costly
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Positive train control technology – which some in the railroad industry have opposed due to its cost – would have prevented the fatal Dec. 1st derailment in New York, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which has finished its on-scene investigative work.

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NHTSA reveals safety plan for senior drivers

Accidents involving older drivers are increasing
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With traffic accidents involving people over 65 on the rise, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has rolled out a new five-year traffic safety plan for older drivers and passengers.

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Train engineer’s union kicked off derailment investigation by NTSB

ACRE violated confidentiality rule
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The union representing the engineer at the helm of the commuter train that derailed Sunday in New York has been ousted from the investigation into the incident for being too chatty. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced yesterday that the Association of Commuter Rail Employees (ACRE) had been “relieved of party status” because ACRE violated the rules to which it had agreed.

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Winter driving tactics for you and your workers

By Scott Wallace
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Even without adverse weather conditions, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death and injury for all ages (OSHA), leaving significant financial and psychological effects on employees and their families

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NY train was speeding when it derailed

Would technology have saved four lives?
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The New York commuter train that derailed Sunday morning, killing four people, was going 52 miles over the speed limit at the time of the derailment, according to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators.

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Probe underway in deadly NY train derailment

Was speed a factor?
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A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) go-team is in New York City today, combing through the wreckage of a passenger train that derailed Sunday morning, killing four people and injuring more than 60.

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