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    Vancouver using 3D optical illusion to scare motorists into safer driving?
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    Safety organizations and the District of West Vancouver, Canada are joining forces to build awareness about careful driving during the start of the school year. Thanks the work of the BCAA Traffic Safety Association, drivers motoring down 22nd Street in West Vancouver will be met with a 3D image of ...

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    Silent electric vehicles to cause new problems for NVH engineers?
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    A researcher at Renault said customers surveyed last year about what they want in an electric car responded, "silence, peace of mind and comfortable riding, a windy sound quality, a fluid driving experience like a skipper enjoying a sailboat." That sounds dreamy, until you realize how loud a car ...

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    Video: The most beautiful seatbelt advocacy commercial ever?
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    Embrace Life PSA – click above to watch the video
    Over the years, we've seen plenty of public safety announcements that tackle the issue of buckling up behind the wheel. Most rely on fear to convey their message – be it fear of a police citation ("Click it or ticket") or the menace of ...

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    Unintended Consequence of Technology: New LED traffic lights can't melt snow
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    Traffic lights using state-of-the-art LED illumination use 90 percent less electricity, offer a much longer service life and are more durable than their incandescent counterparts. Taking advantage of the countless benefits, cities around the country have been replacing traditional filament-based ...

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    Ready, Set, Go! Clever stoplight concept counts down to green
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    Eko stop light - Click above for image gallery
    We've got the stoplights in our neighborhood timed pretty well, but it's pretty painful when you're at a foreign intersection and have absolutely no idea when the light will turn green. We shift our vehicle into Neutral and give our left foot a ...

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    REPORT: More than 25% of US bridges are "structurally deficient or functionally obsolete"
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    Here's some bad news for all of us: Over 150,000 bridges in the U.S. have been judged to be "structurally deficient or functionally obsolete." And get this, there are less than 598,000 bridges in America. That means 25.7% aren't in very good shape. It turns out that the state with the most ...

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    NHTSA institutes braking rules for large trucks, aims to cut stopping distances by 30%
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    The current standard for big rig braking is that a vehicle traveling at 60 mph needs to stop in 355 feet or less. It isn't entirely clear on what sort of distance most new heavy trucks need to brake from that speed, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is sharply reducing that ...

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    STUDY: Majority of highway fatalities caused by deficient road conditions
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    What would you think to be the leading contributor to fatalities in car crashes here in the States? Failure to use seat belts? Speeding? Drunk driving? Think again. According to a new study commissioned by Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), the leading cause of highway fatalities ...

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    Virginia goes back-and-forth on new speeding countermeasure
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    I once worked with the manic guy who would paint the lines on the streets of my small hometown. Our work was decidedly one-dimensional, despite his art degree, and our small painting rig was not meant for big striping jobs, especially curvy roads. To create a radius, we'd set up guide strings and ...

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    When are the most dangerous times to be on the road?
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    Automobiles have become safer over the years, yet every time you get in a car, you're rolling the Reaper's dice. On average, 110 people die on the road each and every day. While many accident fatalities can be attributed to drinking and driving, not wearing a safety belt or reckless driving, some ...

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    Canadian tragedy sparks calls to ban aftermarket parts
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    A tragedy on Toronto streets that claimed the lives of a pair of enthusiasts has once again set alight political fires alight by those looking to ban performance modifications to automobiles. Whether the deaths are attributable to street racing remains up for debate, but the event has triggered ...

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    Volvo joins humanitarian aid groups to help prevent accidents
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    Volvo continues to burnish its halo for building safety-conscious vehicles. This time, the Ford Motor Company's Swedish imprint is teaming up with no fewer than 40 different global humanitarian aid organizations to talk traffic safety. Volvo will share its knowledge and analysis with Fleet ...

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