Public Safety http://wvtf.org en Big Data & Bike Safety http://wvtf.org/post/big-data-bike-safety <p></p><p>Urban planners in Virginia are trying to make bicycling safer, but they’re hampered by a lack of statistics about who’s riding where.</p><p></p><p><br />Alec Gosse rides his bike to work at a Charlottesville company that analyzes data, and this year he was working on a PhD in environmental engineering. Those interests led him to try and solve a problem daunting city planners.</p><p>“There was no data for how many bikes were using various roads in the city.&nbsp; It just didn’t exist.”</p><p>Without that information, they didn’t know where to make road improvements for cyclists.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 12:35:43 +0000 Sandy Hausman 21706 at http://wvtf.org Big Data & Bike Safety Public Safety Legislation http://wvtf.org/post/public-safety-legislation <p>Over the last several weeks, Governor McAuliffe has had the daunting task of reviewing 834 bills that were passed and sent to him by the General Assembly.</p><p>One stack of legislation on his desk addresses public safety concerns, including creating a new crime for a vindictive act that’s peculiar to the digital age: “revenge porn.”</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:13:50 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 18596 at http://wvtf.org Public Safety Legislation New Construction Site Safety Regulations http://wvtf.org/post/new-construction-site-safety-regulations <p>A construction site accident at Virginia Tech last week, once again highlights the importance of safety measures at commercial construction sites.</p><p>Five people suffered non-life threatening injuries, when a hydraulic scaffold collapsed and fell about 25 feet. No word yet on the cause of that accident.</p><p>Falls by workers are one of the major causes of fatalities on construction sites. And while there have long been fall prevention regulations for commercial construction, OSHA recently implemented safety requirements for RESIDENTIAL construction as well.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 10:51:37 +0000 Robbie Harris 6976 at http://wvtf.org New Construction Site Safety Regulations New July Laws: Behind the Wheel http://wvtf.org/post/new-july-laws-behind-wheel <p>Texting-while-driving was already against the law, but now police have a new tool that will enable them to hand out more citations.</p><p>Supporters of the revised Virginia law hope that steep fines will deter drivers from taking their eyes off the road to read and send text messages.</p><p>Lawmakers overcame privacy concerns about police peering into vehicles as the evidence piled up about the growing number of deadly accidents due to texting. Bill sponsor Delegate Rich Anderson says now the law has some teeth.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:35:51 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 6954 at http://wvtf.org New July Laws: Behind the Wheel Lawmakers React to Phone Records Review http://wvtf.org/post/lawmakers-react-phone-records-review <p>Virginia lawmakers are having mixed reactions to reports that the Obama Administration potentially tracked phone records of tens of millions of Americans.</p><p>Politicians aren’t a shy group. But after reports came out that the National Security Agency has access to the phone records of Verizon’s more than one hundred million customers, many lawmakers became uncharacteristically close lipped.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:10:52 +0000 Matt Laslo 5633 at http://wvtf.org Lawmakers React to Phone Records Review