Category Archives: Safety

Unmanned Aircraft for Roadside Avalanche Monitoring

Unmanned aircraft
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) recognizes that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are increasingly capable and potentially can replace the use of helicopters for avalanche monitoring, but there are challenges for the use of these. The NPRA has an active maintenance program...

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Active Driving Style Reduces Risk of ATV Rollover

According to earlier research, rollovers are a type of accident that often has severe consequences for ATV drivers. A recently published VTI study demonstrates that an active driving style is needed to drive an ATV safely, but that the requisite training is currently lacking. Researchers at...

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Motorcycle Safety – Updated Knowledge

Motorcycle
Among the most important risk factors for motorcyclists are high speed and young riders, while drunk riding is not a common problem. A new report contains updated versions of five chapters of the Handbook of Road Safety Measures about motorcycle safety. Literature studies were conducted with...

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15 Types of Countermeasures for use in Fatigue Risk Management

Person in bed shutting alarm clock off.
Increased safety in land- and sea-based transport can be achieved if more employers manage the risks related to operator fatigue. An effective way to do this is to select and apply a number of countermeasures to manage fatigue along a risk trajectory, beginning with the nature and timing of work...

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Major European Project for Safer Cycling

Bicycle standing still.
More and more cyclists are dying or sustaining severe injuries in traffic. A major EU project is studying ways of facilitating the interaction between cyclists and drivers with the help of technical aids in order to reduce the risk of accidents. Cyclists, whose numbers have increased in...

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Winter Driving and Lack of Experience Cause Accidents

Lorry seen from the side.
Foreign drivers of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in Norway have three times the risk of being involved in a single vehicle accident than drivers of domestic HGVs. A recent study uses several methods to examine safety outcomes, risk factors and measures associated with increasing...

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Yielding Rates Increase at Crosswalks with “SeeMe”

A crosswalk sign at dusk.
A recent study shows that the pedestrian crosswalk warning system "SeeMe" increases the yielding rate on average by 14 per cent. "SeeMe" is a warning system with automatic pedestrian detection that is mounted on crosswalk signs. Amber flashing lights are activated when pedestrians are...

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ITS Applications for Improving Safety and Mobility of Vulnerable Road Users

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The VRUITS project (Improving the Safety and Mobility of Vulnerable Road Users through ITS Applications), co-funded by the European Commission, investigated how safety and mobility of Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) can be improved through Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), and provided...

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Palm Distribution of Road Conditions and its Application in Incident Risk Analysis

Traffic accidents can be caused by different factors. By analysing these factors a method for incident risk management can be developed. This method can be used by traffic management centres to proactively reduce traffic incidents. In two previous studies a method to apply the Palm...

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Fatigue a Problem in the Transport Sector

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29 per cent of a sample of Norwegian transport operators report at least one episode of sleeping or nodding off while operating in the course of a three-month period. Based on retrospective ratings of the most recent operating period, alertness is found to decrease rapidly towards the final hour of...

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