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?
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
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
National School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 19–23, 2020) recognizes the importance of school bus safety with various activities aimed at teaching students how to be safer in and around school buses. The week also highlights ways roadway users can practice safer behaviors whenever they encounter buses on the roadway, helping to keep our children safer. “Research shows that transporting children by school bus is the safest way to get them to and from … [Read more...] about National School Bus Safety Week Recognizes Challenges, Best Practices in Difficult Times