Dr. Gridlock: Safety


Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Tips for traveling in Tuesday’s storm

The incoming storm is likely to bring out more bad habits among D.C. travelers..

By Robert Thomson  |  04:05 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  District Department of Public Works, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Maryland Department of Transportation, Traffic safety, Virginia Department of Transportation, Winter storm

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 11/25/2013

New electronic eyes on drivers in D.C.

New automated traffic enforcement cameras in the District will catch stop sign runners, oversized trucks and those who don’t let pedestrians cross.

By Lori Aratani  |  10:54 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Traffic safety

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 11/22/2013

Montgomery launches parking lot safety campaign

The “Heads Up in Parking Lots” campaign will include ads on buses and bus shelters, reusable shopping bags and messages in garages and lots.

By Katherine Shaver  |  04:23 PM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Traffic safety

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Loudoun roundabout rebuilt to cut down on crashes

The traffic circle in Loudoun County was redesigned to reduce speeding.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:41 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Traffic safety, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia traffic

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 11/05/2013

Foolish mistakes prove fatal for teen drivers

Half weren’t wearing seat belts, 35 percent were speeding, 12 percent were distracted, many had alcohol in their system.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  10:21 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  david strickland, national highway traffic safety administration, nhtsa, teen age drivers, teen aged drivers, teen deaths, teen drivers, teen fatalities, traffic accidents, traffic deaths

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Too many crashes at Loudoun roundabout

VDOT plans to make $300,000 worth of modifications to the roundabout where Routes 50 and 15 intersect in Gilbert’s Corner.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:01 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Traffic safety, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia traffic

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 07/16/2013

Tips for traveling in this week's heat

Here are some survival tips for rail and road commuters.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:09 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Driving, Heat, Hot weather, Metro, Safety, WMATA

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 05/16/2013

D.C. activating another special pedestrian crossing

Pedestrians can activate the red light signal by pushing a button at this Cleveland Park crossing.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:05 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Pedestrian safety

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 05/14/2013

I-95 work zone highlights campaign against distracted driving

By Robert Thomson  |  03:54 PM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Traffic safety

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 05/09/2013

Purple Line plan would narrow traffic on University Boulevard

Today's six-lane roadway would be narrowed to four lanes in the Langley Park area, with the light rail line in the middle.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:37 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration, maryland transit administration, Pedestrian safety, Purple Line

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Mayor Gray inaugurates new D.C. pedestrian crossing

Mayor Gray offered a personal demonstration and some individual coaching for pedestrians using new crossing signal.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:25 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Mayor Gray, Traffic safety

Posted at 06:31 PM ET, 04/05/2013

Free child safety seat inspections in D.C.

The D.C. police will host free child safety seat inspections in Northwest Washington on Saturday.

By Mark Berman  |  06:31 PM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Child safety seats, The District

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 04/03/2013

New York crosswalks are dangerous for pedestrians, study finds

A new study looking at pedestrian and bicyclist safety in New York found that crosswalks are a dangerous location. This highlights a recurring problem, which is how pedestrians and bicyclists can coincide with vehicles in urban areas like D.C.

By Mark Berman  |  11:59 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  pedestrians, Safety

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 03/21/2013

New app offers vehicle safety information

A new app called "SaferCar," offered by the National Highway Safety Administration, offers real-time vehicle safety information.

By Mark Berman  |  01:54 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  apps, vehicle safety

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 11/01/2012

Driver courtesy sometimes creates uncertainty

A driver complains that travelers err by being overly courteous.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:24 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. traffic, D.C. transportation, Dr. Gridlock:, Traffic safety

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 10/31/2012

Halloween safety tips in Sandy’s aftermath

Short summary of story

By Robert Thomson  |  12:54 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Safety tips

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 10/04/2012

Aggressive drivers are wrong about right on red

A driver asks whether a right turn on red is mandatory.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:09 PM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. transportation, Dr. Gridlock:, Metro, Traffic safety, WMATA

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 07/17/2012

Metro revises extreme heat policy

If rail temperatures reach 135 degress, train operators may be asked to slow down.

By Lori Aratani  |  01:14 PM ET, 07/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  metro, wmata, metro and safety, metro and heat

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 04/30/2012

Public meeting on M Street/Southeast-Southwest Freeway transportation study

The District Department of Transportation is planning a public meeting next month to provide an update on the M Street SE/SW Transportation Study.

By Mark Berman  |  01:00 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DDOT, public transportation, cycling, pedestrian safety, traffic safety

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 03/27/2012

NTSB explores dangers of distracted driving

The NTSB began Tuesday a daylong exploration about the risks posed by technology — old, new and still on the horizon — while behind the wheel.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  10:54 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Driver safety, traffic safety, NHTA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 03/26/2012

NTSB to host forum on distracted driving

The National Transportation Safety Board, an independent group that is the nation’s leading federal safety advocate, is having a forum in Washington Tuesday to discuss distracted driving.

By Mark Berman  |  10:34 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Deborah Hersman, distracted driving, National Transportation Safety Board

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 03/20/2012

New app lets you review bus safety records

The software lets riders scan records for nearly 6,000 interstate commercial bus carriers, giving them access to safety information before booking a ticket or hitting the road.

By Mark Berman  |  12:54 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  intercity buses, buses, Ray LaHood, Bus safety

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Report: Speeding remains a dangerous problem on the roads

Speed remains a factor in roughly a third of traffic deaths every year despite decreases in drunk driving deaths and an increase in seat belt use, according to a new study.

By Mark Berman  |  04:57 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AAA, Governors Highway Safety Association

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 02/23/2012

Older drivers, and governments, face challenges

A new study by TRIP, The Road Information Program, says Baby Boomers are likely to be more active in retirement than previous generations, but they, their families and governments should be concerned about maintaining their mobility.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:28 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Traffic Safety | Tags:  Older drivers, Traffic safety,

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 08/03/2010

2 Metro employees seriously hurt

D.C. Fire and EMS report that two men received electrical burns Tuesday while making repairs in an electrical room near the garage of the Anacostia Metro in the 1100 block of Howard Road Southeast.

By Luke Rosiak  |  02:24 PM ET, 08/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Metro | Tags:  Metro safety