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Smart transport solutions make better use of existing infrastructure and reduce the need to build expensive new roads. AdobeStock

Smart tech systems cut congestion for a fraction of what new roads cost

Faced with the eye-watering costs of building infrastructure, it makes sense to turn to much more cost-effective smart technology to get traffic flowing.
When cars, trucks, bikes and pedestrians come together at an intersection, design makes the difference between collisions and safety. pxhere

We can design better intersections that are safer for all users

Collisions at intersections between motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians cause many deaths and injuries. Design that considers how each group approaches intersections improves everyone’s safety.
Jefferson County Sheriff Cadet Andrew Sevitts directs traffic as police stop drivers to see if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol at a mobile Driving Under the Influence (DUI) checkpoint in Golden, Colorado in 2008. Rick Wilking/Reuters

Drunk driving laws don’t match the research

Research suggests lower blood alcohol concentration limits and interventions like ignition interlocks can make a big difference.
There’s a good reason why we find ourselves unable to move sometimes when we’re afraid. Konstantinos Tamvakis/Flickr

Paralysed with fear: why do we freeze when frightened?

Freezing might have psychological benefits. Many people who “freeze” report little or no memory of the trauma.
The makers of GPS devices are among the many factors and actors whose role in road safety has not been fully considered. flickr/Schu

The ‘fatal five’ causes of road trauma: who’s in control?

The focus is on reducing the “fatal five” behaviours that cause road trauma: speeding, drink and drug driving, not wearing seatbelts, fatigue and driving while distracted.

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