North Carolina: Two Hoke County intersections to become “superstreets” to make them safer

The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to convert two intersections on U.S. 401 between Raeford and Fayetteville to “superstreet” designs to make them safer, and the public is invited to a meeting to talk about it. The two intersections on U.S. 401 in Hoke County, also known as Fayetteville Road, are at North Parker Church Road and Pittman Grove Church Road. Under their current layout, there are no traffic lights, so drivers turning left onto or off of U.S. 401 must cross two lanes of oncoming traffic. Those trying to drive across U.S. 401 face four lanes of traffic. “Because such an intersection increases the risk of collisions, NCDOT proposes directing drivers who want to go left to turn right onto U .S. 401, then go a short distance and make a U-turn,” a news release says. “NCDOT is building more superstreets across the state, because their design is safer.” Transportation officials will be available to talk to the public aboutthe plan during an open house scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 4 at Lake Rim Recreation Center, 1455 Hoke Loop Road, in western Cumberland County.

Butte County (Chico Area), CA awarded $91K child passenger safety grant

A one-year grant will further education of Butte County parents in proper use of child safety seats, provide no-cost child restraints for eligible families, and create a court diversion program for caregivers who’ve been cited for improperly restraining children in vehicles. The Butte County Public Health Department was awarded the $91,500 “Child Passenger Safety” grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Dodge County, WI Sheriff to step up traffic enforcement after deadly year

So far this year, 18 people have died in traffic crashes in Dodge County. If that number seems high to you, you’re not alone. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office agrees. “In 2017, we’ve suffered a significant spike in traffic fatalities here in Dodge County, and we’re currently up to 18 traffic fatalities, when our average has been somewhere in the 10 to 15 range,” Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt said during a press conference Monday afternoon. “What can we do to address (the) root cause, which is speeding, aggressive driving, failure to stop at a stop sign, and other egregious traffic violations.” Starting Wednesday, the sheriff’s office will increase its focus on the rural roads where crashes have been most frequent, in an effort to prevent more names from being added to that list for 2017, and hopefully to see that 2018 has a decrease of at least 25 to 50 percent.

Britain’s Former Top Gear Presenter Jeremy Clarkson Claims Self Driving Cars Are NOT Safe

Jeremy Clarkson has warned that he could have been killed by a driverless car as Chancellor Philip Hammond is about to allow the new technology to be tested on UK roads. The former Top Gear presenter said he tested out a driverless car which made two mistakes within 50 miles, and as a result he feared for his life. He wrote in the Sunday Times magazine: “I drove a car the other day which has a claim of autonomous capability and twice in the space of 50 miles on the M4 it made a mistake, a huge mistake, which could have resulted in death.

San Diego To Partner With Ford and Qualcomm To Test Driverless Cars

Qualcomm, along with other tech firms and Ford Motor Company, will be testing their driverless car technology in Chula Vista, as part of San Diego’s proving ground. The U.S. Department of Transportation named San Diego county this year as one of ten proving grounds in the country for driverless vehicles, with road tests to take place on the streets of Chula Vista. Now Qualcomm, Ford, Nokia, AT&T and San Diego-based McCain say they will deploy their wireless, computing and automotive technology here. Chula Vista city engineer Bill Valle said Qualcomm expressed their interest in testing driverless technology, virtually as soon as San Diego was named a proving ground.