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Orlando is America’s Most Dangerous Place for Pedestrians

by on May.23, 2014

Despite recent efforts to improve safety, pedestrian deaths have risen for the past few years.

Disney World may be the “Happiest Place on Earth,” but walking the mean streets of the “Theme Park Capital of the World” may not be such a pleasant experience.

Walking in Orlando is almost akin to being on a theme park ride, but without the safety equipment or procedures, according the latest edition of the Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI).

The Last Word!

“We are allowing an epidemic of pedestrian fatalities, brought on by streets designed for speed and not safety, to take nearly 5,000 lives a year; a number that increased six percent between 2011 and 2012,” said Roger Millar, director of the National Complete Streets Coalition. (more…)

Are Hybrids Safer in a Crash?

Study suggests their added mass offers an advantage.

by on Nov.21, 2011

A new study finds that occupants of gas-electric vehicles, like this 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid, are less likely to suffer injuries in collisions.

Mass may be the enemy when it comes to fuel economy but it offers a distinctive advantage when it comes to a crash – which may be a main reason why a new study shows that occupants are likely to come out better in a collision involving a hybrid vehicle than if they were riding in the same model using a conventional powertrain.

A study of 25 vehicles produced between 2003 and 2011 which offered both hybrid and conventional powertrains found that there was a 27% lower injury rate in the gas-electric models, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute.

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There’s a downside to the study, however, HLDI finding that in pedestrian accidents involving hybrids, there was a 20% higher injury rate.

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