Side roads, main roads and highways have seemingly transformed into race tracks or obstacle courses during the last couple of years. Drivers slowing down, wearing seatbelts and not being under the influence can help reduce the number of deaths on roads; however, Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) researchers are also working on other ways to make roads safer. TTI Senior Research Engineers Robert Wunderlich and Roger Bligh were … [Read more...] about How a More Forgiving Roadside Could Impact Severity of Crashes
Center for Transportation Safety Director Robert Wunderlich is quoted in a KERA News article after a suspect was arrested for crashing into an SUV while driving 157 MPH in Forth Worth — killing one person and injuring two others. The article links to a 2021 interview with KERA News where Wunderlich mentions speed as the number one determinant of the severity of a crash. … [Read more...] about After a Suspected 157 MPH Crash in Fort Worth, TxDOT Reminds Drivers to Slow Down
Robert Wunderlich, CTS director, was recently interviewed by Texas Standard to discuss the factors that contributed to 2021 being the second-deadliest year on Texas roadways on record. New data from the Texas Department of Transportation reports 4,480 people died in car wrecks in 2021. The only year with more vehicle fatalities was 1981. … [Read more...] about Texas Just Saw its Second-Deadliest Year on Record for Road Fatalities. Here’s Why.
CTS Director Robert Wunderlich joins Texas Public Radio on "The Source" to talk traffic safety, and address concerns over the rise in Texas roadway deaths during the pandemic. … [Read more...] about What’s to Blame for the Increase in Texas Traffic-Related Deaths?
Robert Wunderlich, CTS director, is featured in a WIRED story discussing the U.S. Department of Transportation’s desire to shift the focus from the actions of individual drivers to the role of street layouts and local policies to reduce roadway deaths. … [Read more...] about The Federal Government Plan to Reduce Roadway Deaths—With Smarter Road Design
Robert Wunderlich, CTS director, was recently elected to Honorary Membership by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). The highest recognition of notable and outstanding professional achievement presented by ITE, only 86 individuals have been honored since 1933. … [Read more...] about Wunderlich Elected to Honorary Membership by ITE
Robert Wunderlich, P.E., ITE Fellow and Director of the Center for Transportation Safety at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, discusses the Safe System approach to reducing serious injuries and fatalities on roadways. He highlights the various aspects of the Safe System, including roadway design that reduces user error and lowers impact forces, and explains what transportation professionals can do to help implement a Safe System … [Read more...] about The Safe System Approach with Robert Wunderlich, P.E.
Dr. Maurice Dennis, a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Transportation Safety, has been asked to serve on the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s alcohol server curriculum review committee. This group assists the TABC in revising and updating the curriculum used to train bartenders, wait staff and others involved in alcohol beverage service. Education of alcohol servers is very important as about one-half of all alcohol related … [Read more...] about CADES director appointed to TABC panel on servers