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Should drivers who hit pedestrians face tougher penalties?
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

A new report from the Center for Investigative Reporting finds that most drivers responsible for striking and killing pedestrians are not jailed – or even ticketed. The San Francisco Bay Area, pedestrians comprise 25% of the traffic-related deaths – much higher than the national average. A third of them were hit while crossing the street in a […]

Pedestrian deaths are on the rise – and most are men
Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Male pedestrians struck by cars are twice as likely as women to die from their injuries, according to journal Injury Prevention. Why?

Car Design Impacts Pedestrian Safety
Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Pedestrian safety features are now a factor in the exterior design of cars, trucks and SUVs

The Worst Intersections in Portland
Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Your GPS and cell phone signals are providing traffic data for the Oregon Department of Transportation. Through a Washington company called INRIX, half the vehicles on the road in Portland are providing traffic data everywhere they go. Now, traffic engineers can easily identify the most congested spots in Portland. These trouble spots were identified in […]

Teaching Children to Walk Safely
Friday, April 27th, 2012

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2009, an estimated 13,000 injured pedestrians were age 14 and younger.  That same year 4,092 pedestrian were killed. That year children 14-and-younger age group accounted for 244 of those fatalities.  These children are typically injured near their home or in a neighborhood setting. Now that […]

The New Risk of Walking With Headphones
Thursday, March 15th, 2012

We talk to teens and young adults about the risks of distracted driving, but not about distracted walking. New evidence shows a drastic uptick in the number of injuries and deaths where the injured pedestrian was wearing earbuds or headphones. The study, which appears in the journal Injury Prevention, shows the majority –more than two-thirds– of […]

Kids with ADHD More Likely to Be Hit by Cars
Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics indicates that children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are more likely to be hit by cars when crossing the street. The study examined 2 groups of children between the ages of 7 and 10: one group with ADHD and one group without. Researchers at the University […]