511NY: New York State’s New Official Traffic and Travel Information Source

Dial 511 or visit www.511NY.org to find the most efficient route to take, avoiding accidents and congestion. 511 New York is a new travel-information service from the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT). The 511 New York service incorporates real-time traffic alerts from the NYSDOTs TransAlert program, and the MTA, Thruway Authority and Port Authority of New York and New Jerseys traffic-alert programs. This information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

511 is the national three-digit phone number reserved for travel information. The phone service is an interactive voice system reachable by landline and … Read the rest

Traffic Deaths On U.S. Roads in 2008 Reached A Record Low While Seat Belt Use Continued To Climb

The number of traffic deaths on U.S. roads last year reached a record low, while seat belt use continued to climb, the U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced April 6, 2009. Based on a statistical projection, in 2008 the fatality rate in motor vehicle traffic crashes is estimated to have dropped to 37,313 a 9.1-percent decline from the 41,059 fatalities reported in 2007. The actual count of fatalities will be reported in August 2009.

Preliminary data reported by the Federal Highway Administration shows that vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in 2008 dropped by about 3.6 percent to 2,922 billion miles. The … Read the rest