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15 Dec 2013

Trailers pose danger on highways

Trailers can pose a serious danger on the nation’s roads. From 2008 through 2011, there were more than 11,660 towing-related traffic accidents, and they killed more than 13,440 people.

15 Dec 2013

1 in 3 traffic deaths in Virginia involves alcohol

Over a five-year span between 2008 and 2012, 3,863 people lost their lives on roadways throughout Virginia. That’s more than the number of military casualties endured in Afghanistan since 2003.

15 Dec 2013

Details on trailer deaths by state

Here is a summary table of our analysis of the Fatality Analysis Reporting System data. We have posted the table as a Google Spreadsheet and as a Web page.

15 Dec 2013

How we analyzed the FARS database

The data used for this story originated from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatal Analysis Reporting System.

15 Dec 2013

Half of Richmond’s bridges need work

On an average day, cars and trucks make more than 31 million trips over Virginia bridges that are obsolete or in disrepair. One-third of the state’s bridges, and more than half in Richmond, need repair or rehabilitation.

15 Dec 2013

When a bridge collapsed in W. Va.

The day was Dec. 15, 1967. It was rush hour in Point Pleasant, W. Va. Thousands of cars crossed the Silver Bridge each day in this city that sits on the border with Ohio. But on this day, some of the cars that started across the Silver Bridge did not make it to the other side.

15 Dec 2013

Percent of bridges needing work

Here is a breakdown of the bridges in selected localities of Virginia.

15 Dec 2013

How we crunched the bridge data

The data for this project came from the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. The VDOT data came as a series of HTML pages; the federal data came as an Excel spreadsheet.

15 Dec 2013

Search the Virginia bridge database

With this search tool, you can see the latest inspection data for any bridge in Virginia.

20 Dec 2011

It’s a Bird! Wildlife Pose Threat to Planes

Air travelers have dreaded flying in the past decade mostly because of terrorism threats. But today, they are faced with another kind of growing threat — collisions between wildlife and airplanes. Such collisions have increased from an average of 18 a day in 2000 to 30 per day in 2010.

20 Dec 2011

Wildlife Strikes by the Numbers

The number of wildlife strikes involving alligators … how often engines are affected when a wildlife strike damages a plane … the proportion of wildlife strike that occurred during the day

19 Feb 2011

Picasso comes to Richmond’s VMFA

Over 3,000 people flocked to the opening of the Pablo Picasso exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday, February 19. The exhibit features 176 works from Picasso’s own personal collection assembled during the artist’s lifetime, according to Robin Nicholson, the VMFA’s deputy director for art and education, adding, “It’s the finest collection of Picasso’s work in the world.”

15 Dec 2010

Little Fuel Savings in Cash for Clunkers

In many of Cash for Clunkers transactions, people simply traded in one gas guzzler for a vehicle that guzzled only slightly less gas. On average, the new cars got about 9 miles per gallon more than the vehicles being traded in. In a quarter of all the Cash for Clunkers transactions, the new vehicles got, at best, only 5 mpg more than the trade-ins.