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Researcher’s rare award may help improve road safety
November 10, 2015

By Doug Nadvornick, WSU Spokane

Kimberly-HonnSPOKANE, Wash. – Truck driver sleep schedules will be studied by a young researcher at Washington State University Spokane who received an unusually large grant for someone so early in her career.

Awake at the wheel: Tech collaboration aims to save lives
April 3, 2015

By Sabrina Zearott, College of Arts & Sciences

drowsydriving-roadVANCOUVER, Wash. – Researchers are working across multiple disciplines and campuses at Washington State University to develop a device to help keep drivers awake while on the road.

WSU innovation improves drowsy driver detection
April 22, 2014

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane

drowsydrivingSPOKANE, Wash.—Researchers at Washington State University Spokane have developed a new way to detect when drivers are about to nod off behind the wheel.

Fear of death may curb youthful texting and driving
February 26, 2014

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

texting-driving-160PULLMAN, Wash. – While drivers tend to believe it is dangerous to text and drive, many say they can still do it safely. Now Washington State University researchers say drivers can be discouraged from the practice with public service announcements that evoke their fear of death in graphic terms.

Author presents lecture at WSU Vancouver
February 8, 2008

Vancouver – Join author Katie Alvord at the WSU Vancouver campus 5:30 – 7 p.m., Feb. 21 for her presentation “Asphalt, Automobiles, and America: Can We Live Better by Driving Less?” in the Administration Building, Room 110. This event is free and open to the public.

More than a century of American automobility has created a mobile nation, but downsides like pollution and traffic jams have led many to suggest a solution by driving less as well as differently. Looking at the past, the problems, and the potential, Alvord will address this question by highlighting key moments in automotive history. She will describe some of the … » More …

Research shows drop in proper restraints
November 30, 2007

PULLMAN – Washingtonians may lead the nation in buckling up when they drive, but recent research at WSU shows the state’s drivers are not nearly so conscientious when it comes to providing proper child safety restraints for the children riding with them.

Just last month, a study conducted by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission showed more than 96 percent of Washington’s drivers are buckling themselves up when they hit the road.

In contrast, only roughly half the children weighing under 40 pounds and less than 18 percent of children weighing between 40 … » More …

101-year-old alum passes driver’s test
April 3, 2007

LANGLEY, Wash.- Alden Couch, who celebrated his 101st birthday Monday, just passed his Washington state driver’s test and says he did so with flying colors. “I haven’t parallel parked for 10 years and I sailed through it like nothing,” he said recently. A resident of the Whidbey Island town of Langley, Couch took a birthday drive down to the local senior center, where his friends threw a party for him. After two cakes and a round of dancing, he drove home, where the phone was ringing with birthday wishes. Were there 101 candles on his cakes? “No, no, not 101,” he said in a telephone … » More …