Drop The "A" Word - Not all crashes are accidents

Friday, August 28, 2015

State DOT's that get it right

Yesterday we posted a list of state DOT's that incorrectly use the word "accident" in their road reports.  Below is a list of DOT's that get it right.  They use crash or collision, or in some cases incident. The good news is that 28 states avoid referencing highway incidents as "accidents".  

Let's give credit where credit is due.  Thanks to these DOT's for getting it right.  

Arizona                                 @arizonaDOT
Colorado                               @coloradoDOT
Florida                                   @fl511_i75
Illinois                                   @IDOT_Illinois
Indiana                                 @TrafficWise  @INDOT
Iowa                                     @IowaDOT  @statewideia511
Hawaii                                  @honolulupolice
Kansas                                 @KDOTHQ
Kentucky                              @KYTC511
Maine                                   @maineDOT1
Maryland                              @mdotnews
Massachusetts                     @massDOT
Michigan                               @michiganDOT
Minnesota                            @mndottraffic
Mississippi                           @mississippiDOT
Missouri                               @StLouisTraffic
Maryland                              @theMDTA
Nebraska                             @NDOR
Nevada                                @nevadadot
New Hampshire                   @newhampshireDOT
North Dakota                       @NDDOTfargo
Oregon                                 @oregonDOT
Rhode Island                       @RIDOTNews
Tennessee                           @TN511
Utah                                     @UDOTTRAFFIC
Vermont                               @511VT
Wisconsin                            @WisconsinDOT                      
Washington                          @wsdot_traffic
Wyoming                              @WYDOT_I80

Thursday, August 27, 2015

State DOT's that still call crashes "accidents"

The US DOT recently re-interated its policy on why they use the word "crash" instead of "accident".  The policy was established in the 90's.   Unfortunately 21 state DOT's never got the word, and continue to use the word in their communications.  These agencies need to understand that their words are wrong, hurtful and harmful. 

Alaska                                   @alaska511
Arkansas                               @AHTD
California                               @caltransHQ
Connecticut                           @CTDOT_Statewide
Delaware                               @DelawareDOT
Georgia                                 @GADeptofTrans
Montana                                @mdroadreport
PennDOT                              @511PAstatewide
New Jersey                           @511NJ
New Mexico                          @nmroads_test
New York                              @NYSDOT
N. Carolina                           @NCDOT
Louisiana                              @NS_Traffic
Ohio                                      @ODOT_Cleveland
Oklahoma                             @OKDOT
South Carolina                      @scdotpress
South Dakota                        @SouthDakotaDOT
Texas                                    @TxDOT
Virginia                                  @511statewideva
West Virginia                         @WVDOT

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Crash versus Accident - Recent Activity

A lot has been written over the last several days regarding the semantics of crashes. Below are links to the recent postings.  We encourage you to dive into the comments sections, which have been quite active.

Washington Post – Wonkblog - Monday, August 24

Mother Jones - Monday, August 24

Mother Jones - Tuesday, August 25

Today, the US Department of Transportation re-interated its policy on the word “accident” in this tweet.  

Monday, August 24, 2015

When a car ‘crash’ isn’t an ‘accident’ — and why the difference matters

Washington Post - August 24, 2015

An "accident" is, by definition, unintentional. We accidentally drop dinner plates, or send e-mails before we're done writing them. The word also suggests something of the unforeseen — an event that couldn't have been anticipated, for which no one can be blamed.

That second connotation is what irks transportation advocates who want to change how we talk about traffic collisions. When one vehicle careens into another or rounds a corner into a pedestrian — call it a "crash," they say, not an "accident."

"Our children did not die in 'accidents,'" says Amy Cohen, a co-founder of the New York-based group Families for Safe Streets. Her 12-year-old son was hit and killed by a van on the street in front of their home in 2013. "An 'accident,'" she says, "implies that nothing could have been done to prevent their deaths."

Read the full story here.