Daily News Briefs, July 30, 2020

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NSC Data Points To Highway Fatality Increase Coinciding With Epidemic

Transport Topics reports on the National Safety Council’s release of preliminary data pointing to the conclusion that the COVID-19 epidemic “has rendered U.S. roadways emptier and more lethal.” NSC figures show that May 2020 was the third month in a row during which motor vehicle fatality rates per miles driven increased year-on-year. (The data show significant drops in miles driven during the same period.) NSC President Lorraine Martin, one of the presenters during a July 21 highway safety webinar, reportedly “acknowledged that causation for these rates will remain murky for a while, she suggested that more deserted roadways have led some drivers to operate their vehicles recklessly.”

The Hill is one of many outlets covering this story.

Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts)

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Transportation Research Board And AASHTO Co-Host Roadway Safety Program

The Transportation Research Board and AASHTO’s Technical Committee on Roadside Safety are holding several virtual joint meetings next month to “explore ways to reduce the severity of roadway departure crashes on motorists and vulnerable users. Issues and practices associated with tree and pole impacts, one of the most common and severe types of crashes, will be discussed.” TRB states that the program of events will be of interest to, among others, AASHTO members, state DOT designers and engineers, FHWA, consultants, researchers, testing laboratories and manufacturers. The first meeting, scheduled for Monday, August 3, concerns Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware implementation and updates.

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) Transportation Infrastructure Research & Development Transportation Research Board

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These are just some of the toll industry developments TRN is following.

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