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Tennessee Highway Patrol: Using Technology to Reduce Traffic Fatalities

According to Forbes, 2015 proved to be one of the worst years for traffic fatalities in the US, with over 26,000 people losing their lives in auto accidents nationwide. Due to that fact, as should be the case, state and federal officials have been combing every avenue for a way to make our roadways safer. This has opened the door for innovations including but not limited to the following: The institution of new laws regarding drunk driving, texting and driving and hours-of-service for truckers A wave of technological advances in regards to vehicle safety The creation of an auto accident prevention system that has led to cognitive analytics reducing traffic fatalities in Tennessee What Are Cognitive Analytics? Cognitive analytics are part of a strategy used to learn how processes work. The cognitive analytics strategy involves collecting data on every part of a process, analyzing the data to discover the strong…
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How Can Tennessee Make Traffic Safety Education Fun?

Recent efforts by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to improve traffic safety have been surprisingly fun and engaging for the public. To help bring awareness to traffic safety, TDOT has held annual contests to see who can come up with the best safety message. Traffic safety messages are displayed on roadside signs throughout the state. Tennessee motorists, students and residents were given the opportunity to craft their own safety messages on distracted driving, impaired driving and speeding. For example, last year’s winning traffic safety message was, “Texting and driving? Oh cell no!” TDOT did require that no profanity be used for any of the messages, even if many found it tempting to push the envelope to describe driving habits that are universally hated. The idea got us thinking. What other concepts can be used to engage the public on traffic safety education? How Can We Make Traffic Safety Education…
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