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.
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
The Roadway Safety Foundation has honored the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) with a 2021 National Roadway Safety Award. The foundation lauded the TxDOT-sponsored, TTI-developed “Safer by Design” tool, a user-friendly innovation roadway designers can use to assess the safety characteristics of rural highway design. … [Read more...] about TTI, TxDOT Win National Safety Award
Robert Wunderlich, CTS director, is featured in a USA Today story (source: Stateline) discussing built-in safety to prevent traffic crashes. Simple engineering changes such as rumble strips, median barriers, pavement markings, better lighting and wider shoulders could make a big difference in rural road safety. … [Read more...] about Deadly Crashes on Rural Roads Prompt New Safety Efforts
Robert Wunderlich, CTS director, is featured in a Stateline story discussing a “safe system” approach to road planning. The idea is to anticipate human errors by road users, then engineer and redesign roads to reduce or eliminate risks that result in serious traffic injuries or deaths. … [Read more...] about Infrastructure Overhaul Should Focus More on Safety
CTS Director Robert Wunderlich joins CBS News Radio Los Angeles to talk traffic safety, and addresses concerns over the number of traffic fatalities reported during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wunderlich is featured in the final segment (at the 39:35-minute mark in the episode). … [Read more...] about Did We Forget How to Drive During the Pandemic?
Robert Wunderlich, center director, is interviewed in a Houston Chronicle article looking at traffic safety during the COVID-19 lockdown, notably the uptick in local fatalities related to the increased popularity of bicycles during that time. … [Read more...] about 2020 Was the Year Houstonians Stayed Out of Their Cars and Grabbed a Bike. A Record 34 of Them Died.
Center Director Robert Wunderlich is interviewed regarding traffic trends during the height of stay-at-home orders in April 2020, where crashes decreased but fatal crashes didn't decrease commensurately. The article also discusses safety interventions aimed at reducing fatal crashes. … [Read more...] about Holiday Traffic Might Decrease in San Antonio and across Texas, but Auto Deaths, Not So Much
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) contracted with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) to conduct a 2010 baseline survey and follow-up surveys in subsequent years to track driver attitudes and awareness of traffic safety programs in Texas. This report presents the findings of the 2020 survey in context of new survey methodology and conducting the survey during COVID-19 pandemic. … [Read more...] about New Report: Texas Statewide Traffic Safety Awareness Survey: 2020 Results