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NHPR Staff

New Hampshire safety officials say traffic fatalities in the state were down by more than 30% in 2019.

State police and the Office of Highway Safety said that as of Dec. 31, there were 99 traffic-related fatalities and 88 fatal crashes.

At the same time last year, there were 143 traffic-related fatalities and 130 fatal crashes. Both categories were down by more than 30 percent. Impaired driving, speeding and distraction continue to be the top contributing factors to crashes and fatalities in New Hampshire.

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AAA is predicting a record-breaking number of cars on the road in New England this holiday season.

Pat Moody at AAA Northern New England says they're expecting just under 5 million travelers in New England alone, a 3 percent increase from last year.

These are the highest projected numbers in nearly 20 years, since AAA began tracking holiday travel.

Moody says roads are busier this year because holiday cheer is at an all-time high due to low unemployment levels and improvements in disposable income and net worth.

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Heading to Uncle Morty’s for a little dry turkey and pie this Thanksgiving? Worried about the traffic? 

Data from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation suggests you're better off waiting until Thursday to hit the road, if possible. 

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The seven bikers killed in a June car crash will be memorialized in a motorcycle ride from Laconia to Randolph on Saturday. 

 

More than 1,000 motorcyclists from all over New England are estimated to participate in the ride and pay their respects to what bikers are dubbing “the Fallen 7.”

Allegra Boverman; NHPR

Though drivers 65 and older wear seatbelts and drive the speed limit more than other age groups, but they have the second highest, after teen drivers, crash death rate per mile driven. How do age-related health challenges impact driver safety? And what can someone do to stay safe on the road, or help a loved one make safe driving decisions? We discuss all this, plus technology and education for drivers, and options for those who no longer drive.

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New Hampshire saw around a 40 percent increase in traffic fatalities in 2018, reaching the highest number in over a decade.

As of December 26, the numbers from the Department of Safety put the total of fatal crashes to 129, and the number of deaths from those crashes to 142.

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Have you ever come to a familiar stretch of road, only to find that it's been transformed into something...alien? Something few people seem to understand? And makes fools of drivers everywhere? Well, you're not the only one who's frustrated.

This week on Word of Mouth, we're taking a spin around the intersection that people love to hate: roundabouts, which are replacing traffic lights and stop signs across the country. So, why are engineers so enamored of these things people love to hate? Or are they just misunderstood?

We'll also learn about the hidden ecosystem that is thriving on the not-so-deserted island of a local roundabout.

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State police from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine are going to be talking about traffic operations for the July 4th holiday weekend.

They're holding a news conference at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hilton Park, on the Spaulding Turnpike northbound in Dover.

They will discuss high visibility patrols on Interstate 93, Interstate 495 in Massachusetts to the Hooksett tolls in New Hampshire and Interstate 95 from Massachusetts through New Hampshire and in Maine.

Upper Valley Rideshare

In the Upper Valley, Route 120 is notorious for its traffic issues.

According to state transportation data, nearly 30,000 cars travel each day along the stretch between Lebanon and Hanover.

There’s effort underway to ease that traffic by encouraging more workers to carpool.

Susan Berry is manager of Upper Valley Rideshare.

She joined Morning Edition to talk about the program.

When did you realize this was a problem that needed to be addressed?

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A new report finds that extending train service from Boston to Manchester could provide big benefits: more jobs, higher property values, and enhancing the state’s overall attractiveness. Still, skeptics doubt the numbers, both in terms of the number of people who would get on board and how much money it would cost.

GUESTS:

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The state’s Department of Transportation warned about slippery conditions on roadways from Manchester to Plymouth Sunday as freezing rain hit cold pavement. “Incidents are happening all over the place,” said Bill Boynton with NHDOT.  

By afternoon, a pileup on I-93 blocked traffic in both directions near I-89.

Boynton's recommendation? Watch football.

"As soon as you start using salt, the rain dissolves it," he said. That made pre-treatment impossible Sunday morning, as freezing rain moved in across the state.  

Commuting To Boston: The Daily Exodus Out Of N.H.

Sep 17, 2014
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More than eighty-thousand Granite Staters travel to the Bay State for work, a fact that’s been cited as both an economic boon and drawback for New Hampshire. While both views could be valid, there are other impacts too: work-life balance and community involvement can take a hit when people spend a long time commuting.

GUESTS:

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It’s been an uneasy relationship, with cyclists saying cars rule the roads, and drivers saying cyclists flout the law. In recent years, these groups have made some headway when it comes to relations, with more bike lanes and more education on avoiding collisions. But conflicts still flare up and many say there’s still plenty of room for improvement.  

Guests:

Larry Keniston: Intermodal Facilities Engineer, Rail and Transit Bureau, N.H. Department of Transportation.

Major Accident Shuts Down Parts of Route 101

Apr 12, 2012

Parts of Route 101 are closed following a serious accident near Auburn.

NHPR's Dan Gorenstein was in the area; he says state officials closed the road after Exit 2 and traffic was at a standstill.

WMUR is reporting a person was trapped in a car, and that officials were keeping the road closed to bring emergency vehicles and a rescue helicopter onto the scene.