Traffic Safety at Fermilab

Photo of Street Sign: No Cell Phones While Driving

Remember: No on-site cell phone use while driving.

Improving Traffic Safety at Fermilab


In the month of February 2015, Fermilab Security responded to ten (10) vehicle accidents. Five of the ten accidents were a result of Improper Backing. While there were no injuries reported, the estimated damage amount for these accidents was $21,923. We also had pedestrian vs. vehicle near miss at Wilson Hall in January. Backing collisions are usually caused by inattention, distraction and not looking 360 degrees around the vehicle prior to backing. Driving in reverse requires drivers to continually check at least three mirrors and perhaps even twist and turn to see out of the back window. "The biggest hazard for most of us here at Fermilab is getting hurt in a traffic accident." Immediate traffic safety improvements are needed to prevent vehicle accidents. Traffic Safety has to become the primary focus when we’re driving, if we’re going to reduce motor vehicle accidents.

In the recent past Fermilab has taken the following steps to improve traffic safety:

  • Personnel may not drive any motor vehicle on the Fermilab site while using an electroniccommunication device, including hands-free devices.
    • FESHM 10160 include progressive discipline for parking and moving violations.
    • The online training course entitled Traffic Safety Awareness, is an ITNA training requirement for all employees and users.
  • 360 degree stickers were affixed to laboratory vehicles to remind drivers to check around vehiclesbefore backing.

THE ACCIDENT MAP IS NO LONGER BEING MAINTAINED: Since 2008 the Fermilab Security has maintained an online archive of all traffic accidents on site and accidents due to distracted driving have become a concern. As of now the archive reveals another troublesome trend that the Traffic Safety Awareness course addresses:

Drivers backing into cars, stationary objects, buildings etc. This Moving Violation has become the leading traffic violation resulting in 50% of vehicle accident in the past few months at Fermilab.

As spring approaches and as we are out and about more, we need to be more attentive and aware of our surroundings while operating any vehicle to prevent vehicle accidents.

Questions & Answers

Posted: March 29, 2010
Do I get any sort of notification before the "final written warning"?
People who get one moving violation or two parking violations (within 90 days) will get an e-mail informing them of both the appeals process and the discipline process.

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Map of Fermilab On-Site Vehicle Accidents


State of Illinois Department of Transportation Travel information

Illinois Department of Transportation Bicycle Safety

The Weather Channel's Motor Vehicle Safety Driving Tips

Recent News:


Changes to Fermilab Parking Rules, aka Can I Park Here?

Illinois Yellow Dot Program

Share the Road — Same Road, Same Rules, Same Rights (youtube) *

Work Zone Traffic Safety Awareness

Lesson Learned — Unnecessary Near-Misses — Traffic Safety and Construction Vehicles - from the BNL Bulletin *

Work Zone Traffic Safety Tips from IDoT *

Everyone Is A Pedestrian — For A Safe Path Through Work Zones "Don't Miss Your Cues!!" *

Pedestrian Safety at Crosswalks *

Pedestrian Safety @ Fermilab

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Motorcycle Safety Foundation Information *

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From Fermilab Today:

Car Crash
Improving traffic safety: no on-site cell phone use while driving, online safety training

"The biggest hazard for most of us who work at Fermilab is getting seriously hurt in a traffic accident," said Fermilab director Pier Oddone. "That's why I want to make traffic safety a top priority."

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Traffic Safety Awareness Training

All employees and users must take the online training course titled Traffic Safety Awareness, which now becomes part of the ITNA training requirements.

Traffic Safety Awareness course

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Fermilab Accident Statistics

Including maps of on-site accident locations, scenarios and photos.

Accident Statistics

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Last modified: 03/25/2015 |