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Why are pedestrian fatalities on the rise?

The overall number of traffic fatalities has dropped over the last few years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated a 1.2 percent decrease in 2019. Texas has also seen a consistent drop in traffic fatalities from 2016-2018, according to state data (2019 data isn't yet available). Pedestrian fatalities, on the other hand, have...

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How dangerous are Fort Worth intersections?

Crashes at intersections usually happen quickly and without warning. You could be stopped at a traffic light and be hit from behind by an inattentive driver. You could also be hit by a driver who runs a red light when you have the right-of-way. Traffic congestion often plays a role in intersection crashes. This is...

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Impaired school bus drivers endanger Texas children -- but little is being done about it

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration considers school buses the safest form of transportation for school children. In fact, the federal agency asserts that students are 70 times more likely to get to school safely by taking a school bus instead of a car. School bus crashes rarely happen, due to the high expectations and...

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Safety advocates say stopping drunk driving needs to move beyond fines and jail time

Reducing crashes and fatalities by repeat-offender drivers requires treatment focused on individuals, instead of a boilerplate of arrests, fines, and prison, according to a recent report. The key is to target the underlying problems prompting drunk driving. The benefits are clear: repeat offenders cause about a third of impaired driving deaths in the United States...

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Rideshare driver behavior endangers the public

We all want to feel safe during our daily commutes or when getting home after a social outing. Transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft provide convenient transportation at affordable rates. Several safety issues have been raised within the industry, however. There have been several incidents involving criminals and dangerous predators posing as...

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What Fort Worth officials are doing to prevent an alarming rate of pedestrian deaths

Fort Worth is in dire need of infrastructural change that accommodates the safety of pedestrians. Since 2015, the Federal Highway Administration has been scrutinizing the city, due to its high rate of pedestrian deaths. According to local data, the number of pedestrian deaths throughout Fort Worth has fluctuated from 2012-2017. During that five-year period, approximately...

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How Effective Is Pedestrian Detection?

There is no disputing the rise in pedestrian fatalities over the past few years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 6,283 pedestrians were killed on U.S. roads in 2018 — the highest number of pedestrian deaths since 1990. This alarming rise in pedestrian deaths has prompted safety advocates and technology moguls to...

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E-cigarette and vaping products are a growing risk for adolescents, according to new research

Last month, we discussed an overall rise in lung illnesses and deaths linked to vaping and electric cigarette products. Data from 2018 from the National Youth Tobacco Survey reveals something just as alarming: a rise in e-cigarette use among adolescents. According to the study, more than 4 million high school students and roughly 840,000 middle...

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A Texas attorney warns: Lung illnesses linked to vaping and e-cigarettes are on the rise

If you think vaping with electronic cigarettes is safe, think again. While many consumers consider vaping to be a healthier alternative to cigarettes, a recent string of illnesses and deaths have been linked to e-cigarettes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), severe lung illnesses have totaled 805 across the United States...

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