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View from the Road - April 2015

New York State leads the nation in a sobering statistic - the highest percentage of traffic fatalities involving pedestrians. 28 percent of all traffic fatalities in New York State involve pedestrians. Only the District of Columbia has a higher percentage. Just under half (49%) of those deaths involved alcohol, and almost 3/4 were at night (72%). While some think the problem is in New York City, almost half of those fatal accidents occurred elsewhere in the state. The 5 counties with the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 people are: Suffolk, Franklin, Nassau, Ontario, and Delaware. Only 5 counties did not have a traffic related pedestrian fatality in the last 5 years.

Map showing counties with the highest (red) and lowest (green) rate of pedestrian fatalities

Counties colored in red had the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities from 2009 to 2013. Those shaded green had none.

As we move into spring, more people will be walking along the highway. Pedestrians have the legal right to cross streets mid-block, but if they do so, they must yield to all motor vehicles unless there is a marked crosswalk. Please stay safe and watch for pedestrians along the highway.
David Orr, PE

Traffic Safety Facts: Pedestrians
Critical Reasons for Crashes Investigated in the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey
Source: NHTSA

CLRP workshopstraining opportunities

Spring 2015 workshops

Registration form

Highway School

1-3 June, Ithaca College

Other training

Goodbye Empire State. Hello State of Opportunity

Old NYI12-4 Political Boundary sign

Effective immediately, the above sign design must be used for any new NYI 12-4 New York State Boundary signs. This replaces the design below.

Old NYI 12-4 Political Boundary sign

Plans for the sign layout and logo can be found on our website. The information currently in the NYS Supplement will be changed with the next revision. Please note that this change does not affect the gateway signing placed in Regions 5, 7, 8, and 9; those signs should be replaced in kind when they reach the end of their useful lives.

Other news and information

Community Impacts of Severe Winters
Source: CARDI

NYS Compost Facilities Map
Source: Cornell Waste Management Institute

Great old Dodge in mud, hills and valleys
This video demonstrates how far our roads have come in 94 years. Would many of our modern 4 wheel drive and ATVs do as well as this old Dodge sedan did?
Source: YouTube

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