Articles by Joan Lowy

Many Safety Reforms Suggested After ‘Miracle on Hudson’ Rejected, Unresolved

In the seven years since an airline captain saved 155 lives by ditching his crippled airliner in the Hudson River, there’s been enough time to write a book and make a movie, but apparently not enough to carry out most …

Many Railroads Slow to Adopt Safety Technology Even After Deadline Extension

Many commuter and freight railroads have made little progress installing safety technology designed to prevent deadly collisions and derailments despite a mandate from Congress, according to a government report released. The technology, called positive train control or PTC, uses digital …

FAA Rejected Advice for Hot Air Balloon Safety Rules 2 Years Ago

Warning about potential high-fatality accidents, safety investigators recommended two years ago that the Federal Aviation Administration impose greater oversight on commercial hot air balloon operators, government documents show. The FAA rejected those recommendations. Now, federal authorities are investigating the crash …

Controversial Red Light Cameras Save Lives: IIHS

Red-light cameras are widely hated, but a new study says getting rid of them can have fatal consequences. Traffic deaths from red-light-running crashes go up by nearly a third after cities turn off cameras designed to catch motorists in the …

FAA Rejected Advice for Hot Air Balloon Safety Rules 2 Years Ago

Warning about potential high-fatality accidents, safety investigators recommended two years ago that the Federal Aviation Administration impose greater oversight on commercial hot air balloon operators, government documents show. The FAA rejected those recommendations. A hot air balloon carrying at least …

Promise of Robot Cars Includes Surges in Traffic Congestion and Miles Driven

Self-driving cars are expected to usher in a new era of mobility, safety and convenience. The problem, say transportation researchers, is that people will use them too much. Experts foresee robot cars chauffeuring children to school, dance class and baseball …

U.S. Regulator Treads Lightly on Railroads Over Hazmat Violations: Report

Federal regulators are failing to refer serious safety violations involving freight rail shipments of crude oil and other hazardous cargo for criminal prosecution, and are going lightly on civil fines, according to a report released last week by a government …

Registered Drones Now Outnumber Planes

The Federal Aviation Administration says there are now more registered drone operators in the U.S. than there are registered manned aircraft. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told a legal forum that the agency passed the milestone last week when it topped …

Major Railroads Say They’ll Again Miss Safety Deadline First Set in 2008

Three of the biggest freight railroads operating in the U.S. have told the government they won’t meet a 2018 deadline to start using safety technology intended to prevent accidents like the deadly derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia last …

New Car Safety Features Can Be ‘Turn-Off’ for Confused Drivers

Many Americans buying new cars these days are baffled by a torrent of new safety technology. Some features will automatically turn a car back into its lane if it begins to drift, or hit the brakes if sensors detect that …