Maine Government News: Maine State Archives Shares Railroad Accident Report of the Death of Civil Rights Leader James Weldon Johnson

Maine Government News: Maine State Archives Shares Railroad Accident Report of the Death of Civil Rights Leader James Weldon Johnson. “The original report of the 1938 railroad accident that killed famed Civil Rights leader James Weldon Johnson in Wiscasset, which is held by the Maine State Archives, is now available for viewing on DigitalMaine.com…. James Weldon Johnson was a famous author and Civil Rights activist during the early twentieth century. He is most famous for writing the lyrics to ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,’ commonly referred to as the Black National Anthem.”

NBC News: 5 hurt, including 2 officers, after crash at anti-vaccine protest in San Francisco

NBC News: 5 hurt, including 2 officers, after crash at anti-vaccine protest in San Francisco. “Five people were injured, including two California Highway Patrol officers, in a chain-reaction crash Thursday at an anti-vaccination protest in San Francisco, authorities said. The crash occurred shortly before 6 p.m. at the San Francisco entrance to the Golden Gate Bridge, where there was a protest billed as a ‘nationwide walkout’ against government-mandated vaccinations against Covid-19, California Highway Patrol spokesman Andrew Barclay said.”

Associated Press: US cites ‘crisis’ as road deaths rise 18% in first-half 2021

Associated Press: US cites ‘crisis’ as road deaths rise 18% in first-half 2021. “The number of U.S. traffic deaths in the first six months of 2021 hit 20,160, the highest first-half total since 2006, the government reported Thursday, a sign of growing reckless driving during the coronavirus pandemic. The estimated number was 18.4% higher than the first half of last year, prompting Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to call the increase an unacceptable crisis.”

Vox: America’s car crash epidemic

Vox: America’s car crash epidemic. “Even as Americans have been driving less in the past year or so, car crash deaths (including both occupants of vehicles and pedestrians) have surged. Cars killed 42,060 people in 2020, up from 39,107 in 2019, according to a preliminary estimate from the National Safety Council (NSC), a nonprofit that focuses on eliminating preventable deaths. (NSC’s numbers are typically higher than those reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) because the NSC includes car deaths in private spaces like driveways and parking lots, and it counts deaths that occur up to a year after a crash.)”

NHTSA: Traffic deaths rise again as drivers take risks (Associated Press)

Associated Press: NHTSA: Traffic deaths rise again as drivers take risks. “The increase in traffic fatalities is a continuation of a trend that started in 2020. In June, the [National Highway Traffic Safety Administration] reported that traffic deaths rose 7% last year to 38,680, the most since 2007. That increase came even as the number of miles traveled by vehicle fell 13% from 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic.”

Angry Residents, Abrupt Stops: Waymo Vehicles Are Still Causing Problems in Arizona (Phoenix New Times)

Phoenix New Times: Angry Residents, Abrupt Stops: Waymo Vehicles Are Still Causing Problems in Arizona. “A driverless Waymo vehicle caused a crash in October by stopping unexpectedly in the middle of the road, displaying a technical malfunction the Google-related company claims is rare. In another 2020 incident, a police officer claimed a sudden stop by a Waymo vehicle caused a rear-end collision, but the officer was cited. The incidents are detailed in newly released police reports obtained by Phoenix New Times that shed fresh light on the function and operations of the driverless vehicles, which are often cloaked in secrecy.”

BBC: Woman falls from car on M25 filming Snapchat video

BBC: Woman falls from car on M25 filming Snapchat video. “A woman fell out of a moving car on the M25 while leaning out of the window to film a video for Snapchat. She fell from the car into a ‘live lane’ between junction six and the Clacket Lane Services at 01:30 BST, Surrey Police traffic officers tweeted. The woman was not badly hurt but police said it was lucky ‘she wasn’t seriously injured or killed’.”

KHN: Fewer Traffic Collisions During Shutdown Means Longer Waits For Organ Donations

KHN: Fewer Traffic Collisions During Shutdown Means Longer Waits For Organ Donations. “On Day Two of the San Francisco Bay Area’s stay-at-home orders in March, Nohemi Jimenez got into her car in San Pablo, California, waved goodbye to her 3-year-old son and drove to her regular Wednesday dialysis appointment. The roads were deserted. No traffic. Jimenez, 30, said it is hard to admit what she thought next: No traffic meant no car accidents. And that meant she’d be on the waiting list for a kidney transplant even longer.”

Pew: Speeders Take Over Empty Roads — With Fatal Consequences

Pew: Speeders Take Over Empty Roads — With Fatal Consequences. “Daily vehicle traffic dropped by two-thirds nationally from March 1 through April 10, according to StreetLight Data, a San Francisco-based traffic analytics company. And while many states, such as California and Ohio, have seen a reduction in overall crashes during the pandemic compared with last year, some are reporting a jump in traffic fatalities that they say is linked to speeding or reckless driving.”

Crashes Down: Real-Time Data Shows Stay-at-Home Orders May Be Saving Lives in More Ways Than One (California Streets Blog)

California Streets Blog: Crashes Down: Real-Time Data Shows Stay-at-Home Orders May Be Saving Lives in More Ways Than One. “Researchers at UC Davis’ Road Ecology Center are using real-time collision report data from the California Highway Patrol to measure and compare crash rates during the stay-at-home orders. The preliminary report [PDF] finds that collisions have reduced by half since the order went into effect on March 20, from about 1,000 collisions per day a year ago to about 500 per day, and from about 400 injury or fatal crashes per day to about 200. The data is from state highways, which in some cases are freeways and rural roads but can also be main streets.”

Cleveland .com: Vehicle crash data for every street in Ohio now mapped on the web

Cleveland .com: Vehicle crash data for every street in Ohio now mapped on the web. “Whether police want to know where to set up patrols to nab drunken drivers or local transportation officials wish to identify places to fix dangerous intersections, it’s never been easier to research accident histories for any street in Ohio. The Ohio Highway Patrol has launched an interactive web tool at this link with crash data going back to 2014.”

Car and Driver: Volvo Is Sharing 50 Years of Accident and Safety Analysis with Other Automakers—and You

Car and Driver: Volvo Is Sharing 50 Years of Accident and Safety Analysis with Other Automakers—and You. “Volvo won’t actually be sharing the data that it has collected over the years—no one else would know what to do with it, the company says. Instead, it is releasing more than 100 research papers in an online database, and anyone can access them, not just other car companies.”

Daily Californian: UC Berkeley transportation research center releases interactive website for reporting road safety issues

Daily Californian: UC Berkeley transportation research center releases interactive website for reporting road safety issues. “Street Story, a new website developed by researchers at UC Berkeley’s Safe Transportation Research and Education Center, or SafeTREC, allows California residents to report unsafe road conditions, accidents or near misses, with the goal of creating a data set that engages the community and provides useful, publicly accessible information for city and transportation planners.”