HSRC in the news

HSRC researchers regularly share their insight on transportation safety topics with the media. Below are some recent highlights.


RUNC: Seth LaJeunesse
Endeavors (UNC Research), June 19, 2024

Pedestrian and bicyclist deaths are up in North Carolina, and public health advocates are calling for change
NC Health News, June 17, 2024

One City’s Quest to Rein in Reckless Driving
Governing, April 16, 2024

Traffic deaths topped 40,000 last year as NHTSA looks to reduce distracted driving
NBC News, April 4, 2024

Striving for Zero: The Struggle to End Pedestrian Deaths in the Triangle
UNC Media Hub, February 2024


Fixing Errors Only Starts with Their Cause: Forecasting disastrous events should copy the science around earthquakes and traffic collisions
Emergency Medicine News, December 2023

Framing our safe, healthy transportation system revolution
Bike Lane newsletter (by Tome), October 13, 2023

Study: Automobile Speed Limits Reduction Measures Might Make Cycling Safer
Cycling West, September 19, 2023

Learn About the Food, Fitness, and Opportunity Research Collaborative at UNC Chapel Hill
CBS 17, August 14, 2023

Raleigh’s deadly Capital Boulevard corridor
AXIOS Raleigh, July 18, 2023

As pedestrian deaths increase, officials and advocates take measures to enhance safety
11 Eyewitness News, July 11, 2023

Why pedestrian deaths hit a 41-year high: Blame reckless driving, bigger cars
NBC News, June 29, 2023

Where the sidewalk ends: Residents express concerns about safety, walkability as Raleigh expands
WRAL, June 15, 2023

Scooter crashes increase in North Carolina and many go unreported
11 Eyewitness News, May 30, 2023

UNC study finds infrastructure for e-scooters could be the key to reducing injuries
Carolina Connection, Apri 14, 2023

Pedestrian deaths spiked in Raleigh last year. Why? And what can be done to fix it?
The News & Observer, April 7, 2023

Lawmakers debating changes to rules for young drivers
NC Health News, April 5, 2023

Police continue to investigate after man fatally struck by bus at Logan Airport
Boston Fox 25 News, March 28, 2023

Infrastructure needed for e-scooter safety
UNC’s The Well, March 24, 2023

Building the Road to Zero
The Local Reporter, March 21, 2023

Bill passes N.C. Senate to let minors drive alone sooner, some researchers express concern over changes
WECT (Wilmington), March 20, 2023

Bill that could reduce time to have a learner’s permit passed by NC Senate
WCNC (Charlotte), March 18, 2023

Study: Pedestrian Death Rate More Than 2x Higher in Historically Red-Lined Neighborhoods
Streetsblog USA, March 17, 2023


Wrong-way crashes have spiked in North Carolina. Fixes may be on the way.
The News & Observer, November 27, 2022

How Carolina developed the ‘gold standard’ in licensing young drivers              
UNC’s The Well, October 20, 2022                               

Chapel Hill Police Department runs monthly speed checks to improve pedestrian safety                                                  
The Daily Tar Heel, October 18, 2022

Carrboro elementary students use alternative transportation for Walk & Roll to School Day                    
The Daily Tar Heel, October 16, 2022

Designing Safer Streets                                                           
The Pulse-WHYY, October 14, 2022

Seattle streets still deadly — but safer for kids, feds say       
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, October 13, 2022   

Creating Safer Communities Amid a Rise in Risky Driving 
UNC Research News, October 10, 2022

Deadly car crashes hit a high in early 2022. Pandemic-fueled risky driving may be to blame.
NBC News, August 22, 2022

National study offers new bike count models: Combining traditional counters and emerging GPS data
EurekaAlert!, July 14, 2022

Traffic Safety Ads Are Better at Making Puns Than Saving Lives 
Slate Magazine, June 14, 2022 

‘ALWAYS SCARED’ Dangerous Streets Outside City Schools Threaten Children 
StreetsBlog NYC, May 24, 2022 

It’s an especially dangerous time to be a pedestrian in America
Popular Science, May 19, 2022

Durham becomes first NC school district to hire transportation planner 
CBS 17, March 15, 2022 

NCDOT: More people died on NC roads in 2021 than in any year since the early 1970s 
News & Observer, February 20, 2022 

NC kids can get free bike helmets, thanks to specialty cycling license plate 
News & Observer, January 5, 2022 


As Charlotte’s goal for zero traffic deaths by 2030 inches closer, traffic fatalities only increase
WFAE 90.7, December 7, 2021

The Deadly Myth That Human Error Causes Most Car Crashes
The Atlantic, November 26, 2021

Pandemic puzzler: People drove less, had fewer accidents, but more died on the road
The News & Observer, November 5, 2021

North Carolinians drove less, had fewer accidents, but more died on the road
The Times News, November 5, 2021

Road Rules: 9 Key Safety Tips Runners Should Know
Women’s Running, October 15, 2021

Watch for kids: More than 100 NC schools participate in National Walk Day
WRAL, October 6, 2021

A racing Audi. A family out for ice cream. A high-speed NC crash changed them
Charlotte Observer, October 1, 2021 (requires access)

With children back in schools, safety advocates seek to protect young walkers and cyclists
The Washington Post, September 24, 2021

Race, Racism and Racial Equity Symposium hosts fourth seminar for UNC community
The Daily Tar Heel, September 12, 2021

Are Robots Coming to a Sidewalk Near You?
Next City, September 10, 2021

Stopping Harm Before It Starts
Endeavors (UNC Research), July 22, 2021

A Look At Extreme Speeding On North Carolina’s Roads
Charlotte Talks, June 24, 2021

How can NC stop speeders and reduce deaths? Safety advocates lay out possible solutions.
Charlotte Observer, June 4, 2021

Bill temporarily loosening permit restrictions for NC teen drivers awaits Cooper’s signature
11 Eyewitness News, May 18, 2021

Greensboro’s warning to speeders near schools: We’re watching
News & Record, April 12, 2021

Booster seat safety
UNC Trauma Talk Podcast, March 7, 2021

Thoughtful design can make streets more walkable
Yale Climate Connections, March 6, 2021

Fatal crashes rise in N.C. during pandemic, even though driving was way down
North Carolina Health News, January 25, 2021

North Carolinians drove far less during the pandemic. So why did fatal crashes go up?
The News & Observer, January 13, 2021



Safety Issues of Tesla: What Customers Should Know
Morning Wave in Busan, December 18, 2020

Mornings with Morgan: Walk To School Day
NC Alliance for Health’s Mornings with Morgan, December 8, 2020

As death rates climb in rural NC, COVID-19 has shown up ‘with a vengeance’
The Charlotte Observer, September 16, 2020

We Need to Talk About School Transportation
CityLab, August 25, 2020

Mobility during a pandemic 
UNC’s The Well, August 18, 2020 

From livestock to nanoparticles: COVID-19 research runs the gamut at NC universities 
WRAL, July 21, 2020 

How to Build Safe Routes to School During COVID-19
Streetsblog USA, July 20, 2020

Drive Safely at Every Age
UNC Trauma Talk Podcast, April 28, 2020

Katie Harmon
Endeavors (UNC Research), February 5, 2020

Those E-Scooters Might Not Be as Dangerous as You Think
OneZero, January 27, 2020

Pedestrian deaths: What causes fatalities; how to improve safety
The Journal News, January 14, 2020



‘Not worth it’: Study shows speed-related fatalities increase as speed limits do
The News & Observer, December 2, 2019

Deadliest Year for Pedestrians and Cyclists in U.S. Since 1990
The New York Times, October 22, 2019 (may need account to access)
PDF version of article

Carrboro film screening finds community and saves the planet, one cargo bike at a time
The Daily Tar Heel, October 14, 2019

Person County seat belt use is high
The Courier-Times, October 2, 2019

Why Chapel Hill may end right turns at some red lights
The News & Observer, September 30, 2019

Miracle Mile has a new crosswalk, specially designed to protect pedestrians
89.3 KPCC, September 27, 2019

10 Years on: 74 Walk Friendly Communities Recognized through Road Safety Program Sponsored by FedEx
CSR News, August 28, 2019

How safe are our streets for pedestrians in car-centric North Carolina?   
The News & Observer, June 6, 2019

Editorial: One ‘diet’ that’s likely permanent   
The Ledger, April 17, 2019

Roanoke Rapids to benefit from Watch for Me pedestrian, bike program  
rrspin.com, April 10, 2019

Biking gains traction on Maui  
The Maui News, March 17, 2019

Why Teens Hesitate to Drive 
Carolina Parent, January 28, 2019

NCDOT seeks partners for 2019 Watch for Me Program
The Laurinburg Exchange, January 24, 2019


Durham needs 500 miles of sidewalks. Here’s why they take so long.
The Herald Sun, December 28, 2018

Road to Zero Coalition Now Accepting Applications for 2019 Safe System Innovation Grants
National Safety Council, December 11, 2018

Ready, Set, Brake 
Endeavors (UNC Research), November 27, 2018

‘Seat belts save lives’: But NC vehicle inspection does not require seat belt check
WRAL.com, November 1, 2018

Pay attention, stay alive. It’s simple.
The Chronicle Herald, October 26, 2018

Jerry Shelby represents Rowan at NC Senior Tar Heel Legislature
SalisburyPost.com, October 18, 2018

Woodman Park students celebrate Walk to School Day
fosters.com, October 10, 2018

Colchester seeks $200,000 sidewalk repair grant
The McDonough County Voice, September 6, 2018

Charlotte City Officials Consider New Bike Lanes
NextCity.org, August 2, 2018

No more parallel parking on Northwest Boulevard? Students, park-goers will need to back into spaces
Winston-Salem Journal, July 24. 2018

Summer Watch for Me NC Program Promotes Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety
Lumina News, July 5, 2018

‘Children At Play’ Are Stupid and Dangerous for Suburban Kids
Fatherly.com, July 2, 2018

Stressed out about teaching your teen to drive? Experts share 4 things to keep in mind.
The Washington Post, May 24, 2018

Limited EMS service increases crash danger in remote counties
Reflector.com, May 22, 2018

Look out for farm equipment on the road
The Wilson Times, May 14, 2018

As Pedestrian Deaths Spike, Scientists Scramble for Answers
Wired, March 22, 2018

Autonomous cars are here: NC State may speed technology forward
WRAL.com, February 22, 2018 

What Helps a New Driver? More Driving
The New York Times, February 19, 2018

Walk Friendly Communities Program Advances Pedestrian Safety Countermeasures
FHWA’s Safety Compass, Winter 2018


Special Contribution: The Pedestrian State of Things in the United States
CADROSA newsletter (Australia), November 2017

Giving Pedestrians a Head Start Crossing Streets
The New York Times, November 24, 2017

Buy the right license plate and you’ll help a kid get a free bike helmet
News & Observer, November 6, 2017

Supervised Driving Practice: Don’t Just Be a Passenger, Be an Educator
DriversEd.com, October 18, 2017

Look out! Deer darting into roads
Reflector.com, October 11, 2017

Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools celebrate Walk to School Day
UNC The Daily Tar Heel, October 4, 2017

Watch for Me
FHWA’s Public Roads, September 2017

Schools Target Morning Drop-Off Madness; Car-only lanes, ‘walking buses’ and drive-through lots among efforts to quell the chaos
The Wall Street Journal, September 20, 2017

Data Steers Drivers Ed in Safer Direction
ElearningInside News, September 13, 2017

Insurance Institute Conducts Successful Test of Side Underguard Protection
Transport Topics, August 30, 2017

Speed cameras reduce speeding, traffic collision, NTSB says
WNCN.com, July 26, 2017

Achievement Awards Pile Up for Industry Stalwart Graham (includes mention of HSRC’s Bill Hall)
School Transportation News, July 13, 2017

MHP holiday patrols start Friday night in Lincoln County
The Daily Leader, May 24, 2017

Laura Sandt: Women in Science Wednesday
Endeavors (UNC Research), June 7, 2017

New Crash Modification Factors Resource
FHWA’s Safety Compass, Spring 2017

Several Factors Found to Increase Risk of Truck Crashes
The National Law Review, March 18, 2017

When vehicles collide – what is it called?
WNCN, March 13, 2017

Coming soon: N.C. transportation officials talk autonomous vehicle testing program
Charlotte Business Journal, January 25, 2017


UNC to lead national transportation safety research effort
The News & Observer, Dec. 6, 2016

DOT: Drivers, beware of animals
Gaston Gazette, Nov. 13, 2016

Deer involved in 800 Wilmington area vehicle crashes last year
StarNewsOnline.com, Nov. 4, 2016

Driving with your teen: 5 important tips for an easier ride
Citizen Times, Nov. 1, 2016

Children, parents, drivers: Be careful tonight
Salisbury Post, Oct. 31, 2016

Legislators plan another look at ‘liquor cycle’ licensing laws
WRAL.com, Oct. 17, 2016

Northwoods Elementary students walk to school
The News & Observer, Oct. 12, 2016

Knightdale Town Council backs Hodge Road Elementary pedestrian plan
The News & Observer, Oct. 7, 2016

Older Drivers No Slower at Taking Control of Semi-Autonomous Cars
Claims Journal, Sept. 30, 2016

Robert Foss: parents, how to best supervise your teen drivers
One More Second Road Safety Magazine, Sept. 14, 2016

Hedging High Stakes and Human Behavior
Endeavors (UNC Research), Aug. 3, 2016

Safety Concerns with Pokemon Go Extends to Roadways
Chapelboro.com, July 21, 2016

Study: Later school bell cuts teen crashes
WRAL.com, July 4, 2016

Summer Months Mean More Teen Driving Accidents
Education News, June 6, 2016

Drivers, beware: Memorial Day weekend could be one of the deadliest
CNN, May 27, 2016

Pedestrian Safety Focus of Multi-Agency Forum
Claims Journal, May 24, 2016

It just got more dangerous for teens who use the phone while driving
Star2.com, May 11, 2016

National leaders discuss ways to improve pedestrian safety
WSOC, May 10, 2016

Distraction is often a factor in teen drivers’ rear-end collisions
Reuters, May 5, 2016

Safety tips for Bike to School Day
Public News Service, May 4, 2016

Walking is great for exercise and transportation
The Huffington Post, April 4, 2016

Don’t expect that cyclist to cling to the curb
The Charlotte Observer, April 4, 2016

Galax earns national Safe Routes award
Galax Gazette, March 26, 2016

Tahoe bike path carries high construction cost
Las Vegas Review-Journal, March 21, 2016

Naperville removing ‘Children at Play’ signs as ‘unsafe,’ ‘unenforceable’
Chicago Tribune, March 4, 2016


Road Worrier: NCDOT calls for new curbs on bicyclists
Charlotte Observer, Dec. 28, 2015

Lyons Avenue, Wallace Terrace get flashtrated
SOOToday.com, Dec. 8, 2015

Teaching teens to drive: Take a deep breath and hit the road
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dec. 2, 2015

States are putting the brakes on driver’s ed
Governing the States and Localities, Nov. 2, 2015

Whiting: When should a boy be considered an adult?
The Orange County Register, Oct. 9, 2015

Tips on buying car insurance for teenagers
The Seattle Times, Sept. 26, 2015

Project to encourage more Wake County students to walk to school
The News & Observer, Sept. 8, 2015

NC needs to address driver’s ed shortcomings
The News & Observer, Sept. 7, 2015

How Useful Is Driver’s Education?
WFAE, Aug. 28, 2015

Traffic deaths up 19 percent in North Carolina
The Charlotte Observer, Aug. 17, 2015

Buying Car Insurance for Teenagers Can Be a Balancing Act
The New York Times, Aug. 11, 2015

Official warns of dangers of teenage driving
Leavenworth Times, June 27, 2015

Eliminating driver’s ed classes would raise risks for all on the road
The News & Observer, June 23, 2015

Road Worrier: Parents, teachers say NC still needs driver’s ed
The Charlotte Observer, June 22, 2015

Experts hope to improve Kansas City’s ‘walkability’ at two-day summit
KSHB, June 2, 2015

Marion to launch bike, pedestrian safety effort
McDowell News, April 25, 2015

Merrimon madness: Addressing safety risks along Asheville’s major roadways
Mountain Xpress, April 22, 2015

TCS officials start conversation for safe routes to school
The Dispatch, April 16, 2015

Erik Landfried: Boy crossing Duke Street didn’t have to die
The News & Observer, April 3, 2015

New Hanover sees jump in fatal accidents involving drugs, alcohol
Wilmington Star-News, March 8, 2015

NCDOT seeks new partners for 2015 Watch for Me NC campaign
The Stanley News & Press, Jan. 27, 2015

Analysis: Charlotte’s red-light cameras may have prevented serious wrecks
Charlotte Observer, Jan. 4, 2015