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Iowa Transportation Experts Talk Camera Enforcement and Other Road Safety Measures
The University of Iowa Public Policy Center’s vehicle safety research director, Dan McGehee, and Shauna Hallmark, associate director at the Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University, join Iowa Public Radio host, Ben Kieffer to discuss transportation safety. In addition to exploring red-light safety cameras in Iowa cities and towns, they discuss increased installations of roundabouts, driving in snowy and rainy weather, texting while driving, the usage of headlights and blinkers, and crashes on rural roads.
Source: Iowa Public Radio
Fines from Red-Light Runners May Fund 24/7 Anti-Crime Patrols
Hudson County Freeholder Bill O’Dea of Jersey City is making the most of red-light safety cameras in his community. O’Dea has requested that the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office use camera violation funds to implement a permanent anti-crime patrol along the perimeters of a local park.
Source: The Jersey Journal
Red-Light Running Crashes Down Since Cameras Installed, Data Shows
Collier County in Florida notes that crashes caused by red-light runners have gone down locally since red-light safety cameras went up. In the three years after the county installed the cameras, there were about 25 percent fewer crashes caused by red-light runners than in the three years before, according to statistics from the Sheriff’s Office.
Source: Naples Daily News
Knoxville Implements Four New Red-Light Safety Cameras
Four intersections in Knoxville are set to receive red-light safety cameras. The new systems will be installed over the next few weeks as Knoxville Police Department plans to alert the public of the cameras and allow for a grace period before violations are issued.
Source: WBIR-TV Knoxville, TN
LETTER: Montgomery County Should Embrace Red-Light Cameras
The Executive Director of EMStar Ambulance in Pennsylvania voices his support for red-light safety cameras, noting the harsh reality his paramedics witness firsthand at the scene of traffic collisions.
Source: The Times Herald, Montgomery County, PA
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