Public Safety

A Rare Non-Tragic Chance to Revisit the Idea of Driverless Trains

This week's Chicago L train crash highlights an area of technology where U.S. transit lags behind.

How D.C. Set 3 Bad Bike Lane Precedents With a Single Decision

On M Street, the city has compromised rider safety, placed private interests above public, and let parking rule the day.

Texting a Driver Could Make You Liable for a Crash

A New Jersey court rules that senders bear responsibility if they've "knowingly engaged in distracting conduct."

First Responders in San Diego Have Rolled in Late to Thousands of Emergencies

This is what happens when the money dries up.

When Urban Security Cameras Actually Save Lives

Taxi driver homicide rates are three times lower in cities with in-car cameras.

Do Bicycle Helmet Laws Really Make Riders Safer?

Typically, transportation laws promoting safety lead to an increase in public health. With bike helmet laws, the connection isn't so clear.

The Payphone of the Future Is Calling

Ideas for radical reinventions that would make the obsolete technology useful again.

Why People Perceive Some Cities as Safer Than Others

There are reasons why places like Boston have tended to think of themselves as relatively safe compared to say, New Orleans.

Do Texting Bans Really Prevent Fatal Accidents?

New research says yes — but only under certain conditions.

4 Reasons the U.S. Trails the World in Road Safety

The biggest one is simply that Americans drive more.

The Sad and Telling Reaction of School Districts Everywhere to Sandy Hook

Monday brings an awkward mix of grief and preparation.

Can City Dwellers Have Nice Things?

Violence at New York's McCarren Park Pool has some suggesting all urban resources fall prey to the tragedy of the commons. Here's why this thinking is flawed.

The Trouble With Youth Curfews

Rules targeting youths often don't produce public safety results

Privatizing Police Work

A Minnesota town hires a private security firm to handle its police work