Safer Roads: Getting Back on Track
The highest annual number of road deaths since 2011 were recorded on Great Britain’s roads in 2017. After decades of trauma reduction, we have reached a plateau. In effect, a decade has been lost. 2,549 people have not returned to their families so far because we are not on track to halve our road deaths this decade. It is time to break that plateau and get back on track. Road traffic crashes had an estimated societal cost of £35 billion in 2017. This equates to more than we spend every year on GP services and primary schools in combination. Breaking the trend...
Last Night the EU Saved My Life: ETSC launches new campaign in support of future EU vehicle safety
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has launched a new social media campaign in support of future EU vehicle safety standards. In May this year the European Commission announced a significant proposal to upgrade mandatory vehicle safety standards for all new cars, vans, lorries and buses sold in the EU. The combination of new standards and technologies could save 25,000 lives in the EU between 2022 and 2037 according to an official study. Minimum EU safety standards for new vehicles have gone largely unchanged since 2009. In particular the campaign emphasises the importance of safer car and lorry fronts and the life-saving potential...
Safer Roads International Conference: Call for Proposals is Now Open
Call for Proposals are Now open The Safer Roads International Conference is a triennial event for roadway safety professionals and transportation officials from around the globe. The conference brings together industry leaders, government officials, corporate roadway department personnel, and others in the roadway safety infrastructure industry, with a focus on improving processes and communication to work more efficiently. For the first time in the conference's history, the 2020 International Safer Roads Conference will be held in the United States. Hosted by the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), the International Safer Roads Conference is viewed as a must-attend conference...
Agencies collaborate to focus on road safety
Central government and private industry, including W.D.M. Limited, have joined forces in a world-first investigation to assess braking distances on our unique chipseal roads. The NZ Transport Agency project, which was carried out by WSP Opus and supported by the New Zealand Police and Upper Hutt City Council, sought to identify whether bitumen tracking that occurs during warm summer months is a safety issue. Peter Cenek, WSP Opus Project Director, says that when the bitumen binder becomes soft when temperatures are high, it adheres to vehicle tyres and is spread along the road, resulting in the wheelpaths...
Best in the UK?
East Lothian Council has been complimented on its new public information portal, which allows people living in the area to report faults and problems online. The fault reporting software has been developed and supported by W.D.M. Limited. Compliments from local residents: "I am very impressed with the new ELC online map system for reporting street lighting faults and other road defects, such as damaged street name plate signs." "I am also very impressed with the Council's performance (in other words how long it takes for defects to be repaired and how effective the action taken by the...
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The Company is the UK’s leading manufacturer and provider of highway condition surveying and monitoring equipment, with a unique understanding of highway maintenance and road asset management, supported by unrivalled experience and technical expertise.
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SCRIM® celebrates 50th anniversary
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the SCRIM® road survey vehicle, we shared a SCRIM fact each week during 2017.
Fact #52: In 1990 WDM® was the first to have traffic management employed when SCRIM® measured surface friction of roads in Singapore. Police outriders stopped traffic at junctions to allow the survey to continue without interruption.
WDM® operates a fleet of survey vehicles to provide safe, reliable and cost effective assessment of road conditions.
WDM® systems link road condition data with accidents, structures, customer services, inventory, road maintenance and other data.
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WDM® expertise is widely recognised in the field of pavement, road and highway survey equipment design.
The WDM® consultancy service was developed to help clients maximise the use of survey data.