Elderly Fail to Yield
According to this news report, the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety published a study that says older drivers tend to have collisions due to failures to yield at intersections. They pull out at inappropriate times and are struck by oncoming vehicles.
Other age groups are prey to different types of collisions. 35-54 year olds tend to rear end people
An interesting quote, which I need to go to the IIHS report to find, is:
To prevent such accidents, the Institute is recommending more left turn lanes and arrows at intersections and roundabouts.
More misinformation about roundabouts! There shouldn’t be any need for (pavement) arrows at a well designed roundabout. Don’t get me started.
I read the IIHS report, and it refers to roundabouts and fewer permissive (allowable on a green ball signal) left turns, but no arrows at roundabouts. Perhaps that was a grammar parsing error. “Signal arrows at Intersections, and more roundabouts” might be better.
North Carolina Traffic Web Cams
My friends in the Raleigh, NC area may be interested in this download. Let me know if it’s any good.
Ad Censorship on Public Transit
Kezins had this to say about the Denver Regional Transportation District proposal to ban violent video game advertisements on its vehicles.
Blog Firestorm on Hampshire Congestion
Apparently a road agency in Southampton installed some traffic signals and lit off furious public responses. Check out the comments.
What freaks me out is this quote:
Agency route manager Guy Berresford said: “The new traffic lights on the roundabout will ease congestion at this location…
The British invented the modern roundabout, so why are they installing signals on something that is specifically designed to do away with them. I hope the writer is using the term “roundabout” in this case as a cover all for “round intersection.” Traffic Circle and/or Rotary does not equal Roundabout.
York County, Pennsylvania is using an interesting tool to educate their public stakeholders as to the tradeoffs involved in transportation planning. To that end, they’ve developed the Transportation Madness bracket. Check it out.