HSRC in the news

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


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 
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, 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, 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, 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