The Safety Street weekly video series aims to raise awareness about the dangers of red-light running by highlighting crashes and close calls in intersections caused by reckless red-light runners. The videos are also available on Twitter @SaferRoadsUSA and YouTube youtube.com/SaferRoadsUSA.

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The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) helps save lives and protect communities by demonstrating how red-light safety cameras can improve driver behavior.

The Safety Street weekly news roundup brings together a mix of road safety and transportation stories from around the web. It is published every week on Safety Street and is available on Twitter via @SaferRoadsUSA.

New Study: Hands-Free Texting Still Dangerous
New research from the Texas Transportation Institute suggests that it is just as unsafe to use a voice-to-text mobile app while driving as it is to text manually. The study involved 43 licensed drivers in a 2009 Ford Explorer. They each drove four times for about 10 minutes at 30 mph: while not texting at all, while texting manually, while texting with the voice-to-text app on the iPhone, and while doing so with the Android smartphone voice-to-text app. The study found that driver response times were slower no matter which method of texting was used.
Source: USA Today

Location-Based Crash Testing Should Lead to Safer Cars
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) just upgraded its Vehicle Research Center with a new positioning system that will allow more accurate vehicle crash testing, which could lead to safer cars. The devices, which are the size of a video cassette, let IIHS more accurately read a vehicle’s location during crash-avoidance tests. The new technology will help researchers better determine the effectiveness of these systems by judging braking distances and reaction times.
Source: FOX Business

Arizona Local Police Use Red-Light Safety Cameras to Identify Safety Issue
Police in Sierra Vista, California are becoming increasingly concerned with the number of red light violations across the city due to drivers failing to come to a complete stop before making a right turn. Between March 1 and April 18, red-light safety cameras recorded a total of 466 red light violations at one intersection. Of those violations, 464 were from drivers failing to stop at the red light before making a right turn. While officers have always known how prevalent the issue was, it wasn’t until the advent of the red light cameras that the scope and extent of the problem became clear.
Source: Sierra Vista Herald

The Cost of Owning a Car Estimated at $9,000 a Year
A new AAA reports shows, on average, the cost of driving 15,000 miles a year rose 1.17 cents to 60.8 cents per mile, or $9,122 per year. Overall, that’s a roughly 2% increase on the cost of operating a car last year. Average costs in all categories are lower for smaller vehicles and higher for bigger ones.
Source: USA Today

Traffic Congestion is Back on the Rise
After nearly two years of sharp declines, traffic congestion in the U.S. is on the rise again, thanks largely to an improving economy. INRIX, a firm that provides traffic information and driver services, released its annual Traffic Scorecard showing that, for the first three months this year, congestion is up 4% compared with the same time last year. This is the first such consecutive monthly increase in two years, and it parallels a steady increase in employment, which is up 1.3% for the year.
Source: USA Today

 

The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) helps save lives and protect communities by demonstrating how red-light safety cameras can improve driver behavior.

Many crimes would go unsolved if it weren’t for vital camera footage that continues to aid in law enforcement investigations. In recent years, city officials in major metropolitan areas – such as London and New York – have implemented a heightened amount of security cameras in highly trafficked places like government buildings and public transportation systems. Footage from security cameras found in subway systems, department stores and other public places become crucial tools when it comes to identifying suspects and solving tragic crimes. This was clear in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, as camera footage from a nearby store led law enforcement officials to identify the suspects in the attacks.

As more crimes are solved by utilizing footage caught on camera, it is apparent that public support continues to rise for camera systems. Although these systems have gotten mixed reviews in the past, a recent poll from The New York Times finds that 78 percent of Americans favor the use of these cameras for greater security.

In addition to installing more surveillance cameras, police have suggested tapping into camera systems that already exist. A Los Angeles official is now advocating for police to gain access to the city’s traffic cameras to aid in crime investigations.

There have been numerous occasions where footage from red-light safety cameras aided local law enforcement in criminal investigations as well. The types of crimes the cameras have helped to solve range from stolen vehicles to missing person and homicide cases:

  • Surfside, FL: Traffic camera footage led to the identification of a suspected rapist
  • Ocoee, FL: Video footage from cameras used as evidence in a home invasion and homicide case
  • Boulder, CO: Footage from a red-light safety camera identified the suspect in a car theft case
  • Auburndale, FL: Red-light camera footage helped police track down cattle thieves
  • New Orleans, LA: Video footage from cameras in New Orleans is currently helping police track down a missing teacher
  • Kingsport, TN: Police in Mount Carmel used camera videos to track down hit-and-run offenders and solve burglaries
  • Tallahassee, FL: Footage used by Tallahassee police for a recent homicide investigation
  • Rochester, NY: Traffic camera footage helped police arrest a suspect in a fatal hit and run collision
  • Hialeah, FL: A string of robberies prompted Hialeah Police Department to install eight red-light safety cameras at key intersections

 

A recent study by the National Coalition for Safer Roads found that more than half (54%) of the footage from traffic cameras requested by law enforcement is used to solve crimes other than collisions or traffic violations.

The largest impact of red-light safety cameras remains the life saving benefits this technology brings to intersections by successfully reducing red-light running violations and fatal collisions. Helping to solve other crimes is an unintended benefit these cameras bring to communities and police departments throughout the country.

 

The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) helps save lives and protect communities by demonstrating how red-light safety cameras can improve driver behavior.

The Safety Street weekly video series aims to raise awareness about the dangers of red-light running by highlighting crashes and close calls in intersections caused by reckless red-light runners. The videos are also available on Twitter @SaferRoadsUSA and YouTube youtube.com/SaferRoadsUSA.

Take the pledge to Stop on Red

Intersection located in Millington, TN.

 

The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) helps save lives and protect communities by demonstrating how red-light safety cameras can improve driver behavior.

The Safety Street weekly news roundup brings together a mix of road safety and transportation stories from around the web. It is published every week on Safety Street and is available on Twitter via @SaferRoadsUSA.

Analysis Reveals Teen Drinking and Driving Statistics
Mothers Against Drunk Driving analyzed 2010 data from the FBI, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on deaths related to underage alcohol use. It estimates that 32 percent of these deaths were traffic fatalities. MADD and Nationwide Insurance commissioned the analysis for their third annual PowerTalk21 day, when parents are encouraged to speak with their children about alcohol.
Source: AZ Central

National Work Zone Awareness Week Campaign Underway
This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week, which focuses on road workers and keeping them safe. As the weather gets warmer, road construction projects will increase across the nation. As the number of workers on the road rises, the risk of crashes and fatalities also increases. The 2013 theme of National Work Zone Awareness Week highlights the complexities of work zones, especially in urban areas, and the need for awareness and planning on the part of everyone affected by work zones.
Source: Michigan NBC News

Maryland Town Deploys Decoy Safety Cameras to Improve Driver Behavior
Authorities deployed decoy speed cameras in Laurel, Maryland recently, hoping they can deter speeding. Maryland law restricts most jurisdictions from installing speed cameras anywhere other than near schools and Laurel residents were requesting more cameras in the neighborhoods. The decoys will not generate any tickets, but police hope their presence will encourage drivers to slow down in neighborhoods.
Source: NBC Washington

Local DOT Joins Farmers to Launch Rural Road Safety Plan
As farmers get set to tend to their fields, local groups in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania are urging drivers to share the road with large farm equipment. The Jefferson County Farm Bureau along with the state department of transportation and police are asking drivers to slow down on rural roads. The Farm Bureau has been focusing on rural road safety for the last five years and the results have been positive. Just three accidents involving farm machinery have occurred in the past three years in Jefferson County.
Source: CBS Altoona

Pennsylvania County to Install New Red-Light Safety Cameras
Lawmakers in the Philadelphia suburb of Montgomery County recently voted to test drive red-light safety cameras for one year. Officials chose three intersections to install the cameras because they are designed in a way that makes it difficult for police to catch red-light runners. Many nearby towns with red-light safety camera programs have reported improved intersection safety.
Source: NBC Philadelphia

 

The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) helps save lives and protect communities by demonstrating how red-light safety cameras can improve driver behavior.