Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057

Initiated in 2009, the first National Summit for Rural Traffic Safety Culture met with overwhelming success. Building on this success, the Summit has become an annual event with the second Summit to be held July 11-13, 2010 in Big Sky, Montana.  Why Traffic Safety Culture? Traffic crashes represent the largest cause of fatal injury for nearly all age groups, especially in rural America.  Rural states have the misfortune of having the highest traffic fatality rates both in terms of exposure (VMT) and population risk (per capita) while driver behavior represents the single largest causal factor for these traffic crashes. Specifically, most crashes result from poor decision making rather than misperceiving information or not having the requisite skills to act correctly. Consequently, unless we can focus our research and intervention efforts on understanding how culture influences driver attitudes and decision-making processes, we cannot expect to engineer a fundamental and enduring change in driver behavior in our transportation systems.  The early registration deadline for this event is June 11, 2010.  Register before this date and save $60.00.  Information and registration materials can be found at


1) Eco-friendly Navigation
Link to article in M2M:


2) Network Rail on Track for IT Transformation
Link to article in Computer Weekly:


3) Feds to Expand Freight Congestion Tracking
Link to article in The Journal of Commerce:
Link to news release from US DOT:

4) More than Half of British Drivers 'Color Blind' to Red Traffic Lights
Fifty-two percent unaware of traffic light sequence.
Link to article in the Telegraph:

5) Ohio Senate Approves Bill to Ban Road Signs Touting Stimulus Spending
Link to AP article:

6) How Virginia HOT Lanes Will Work
Link to column in The Washington Post:


7) Texas City Tests Two-Way Emergency Communications Platform
Link to article in Government Computer News:

8) Distracted by the Light: Police Lights Play Role in Officer Safety
The types of lights used on patrol cars may have an impact.
Link to story and video on WBOY-TV:


9) US House Committee OKs Auto Safety Package
Bill would require audible alerts on 'quiet' cars and event recorders for crash data.
Link to article in The Detroit News:

10) Why Car Safety Features Can be Dangerous
All those warning lights, chimes and vibrations can overwhelm drivers.
Link to article in Forbes:

11) The Connected Car: Motown Gets in Sync with Its Drivers
Link to blog on TelecomTV:

News Releases

Upcoming Events
2010 NASTO (Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials) Annual Meeting – June 13-15 – Wilmington, Delaware

Today in Transportation History    
1940 **70th anniversary** The evacuation of Dunkirk began.  Over 300,000 Allied troops were transported by large and small vessels to England.

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