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View from the Road - April 2018

David Orr PE, Director, CLRP

Seemingly random numbers: 37,461, 19%, 48%, 27%, $836 Billion
The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have released data from 2016 and there are some sobering numbers to keep in mind as you travel this spring. There were 37,461 people killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2016; an increase of 5.6% from the year before. From a low of 30,056 fatalities in 2014 we have seen a large increase in fatalities in the last few years. There are a lot of possible causes, but three percentages in the data are striking.


  • 27% of all fatalities involved speeding
  • 19% of all fatalities involved alcohol and drivers
  • 48% of passenger fatalities were those who were unrestrained (no seat belt or child seat)

While New York saw the greatest decrease in fatalities (111) out of the few states lucky enough to see a decrease, there were still 1,025 people killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2016. Beyond the tragic human toll, the overall economic cost of fatal crashes across the United States was $836 Billion!

While our commitment to safety on the roads should be year-round, there are a few great reminders on the horizon including National Work Zone Awareness Week  April 9 - 13, and the whole month of April being designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month by the National Safety Council. As we work towards zero deaths along our highways, we need to remember to slow down, avoid distractions, don't drink and drive, and put on that seat belt.

Traffic Safety Facts Annual Report Tables, NHTSA
2016 Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Overview (pdf)
2016 Quick Facts (pdf)
FHWA National Work Zone Awareness Week Program Page
National Safety Council Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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Stormwater Management

  • 4/25/18 - St. Lawrence County
  • 4/26/18 - Saratoga County

Running Your Highway Department

  • 5/1/18 - Rockland County
  • 5/2/18 - Montgomery County
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Powers and Duties

  • 5/2/18  -  Livingston County
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  • 5/16/18 - Essex County
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Pavement Maintenance

  • 4/24/18 - Chemung County
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  • 4/26/18 - Cattaraugus County
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Local Roads Done Right

  • 4/10/18 - Clinton County
  • 4/11/18 - Schenectady County
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  • 5/8/18  -  Erie County
  • 5/9/18  -  Seneca County
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Winners will be featured in our upcoming Spring Nuggets & Nibbles quarterly print newsletter and all entries will be featured on our website at:

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2018 Cornell Local Roads Program CAMP Summer Intern Registrations Open

Information on the Cornell Asset Management Program Summer Intern Project, a downloadable brochure and registration form available here.

2018 New York State Association of Transportation Engineers
Annual Conference

The 2018 state conference will be held April 25-27, 2018 at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown. Details available on the NYSATE website

2018 APWA Annual Conference

The 2018 state conference will be held April 11th-13th in Buffalo. Details available on the APWA website.

Other Training

  • Free FHWA Pavement Management Webinar - The next in the series of quarterly webinars will be held April 19th, 2018 from 2:00-3:30pm. Registration and additional info available here.
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