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.
Safest Driving Cities in U.S. Listed for 2013
Allstate has released its annual list of the safest driving cities for 2013. The city of Fort Collins, Colorado has topped the list for the third time in four years. Drivers in the city go an average of almost 14 years without a collision, a number that far exceeds the national average of approximately 10 years. Phoenix (ranked 71 out of 194 cities) has the highest safety for cities with populations over one million people. Washington, D.C. comes in at the bottom of the list with drivers experiencing a crash nearly every five years.
New York City Speed Safety Cameras Go Live For First Day of School
In New York City, the new speed safety camera program will go into effect on the first day of classes (September 9). As part of a five-year program, the city’s Department of Transportation will install cameras at 20 locations near high crash locations within a quarter mile of city schools. Officials say curbing speeding is particularly important to saving the lives of children. If a child is hit by a car at 40 miles per hour, there is a 70 percent chance they will be killed. At the city’s speed limit of 30 miles per hour, a child has an 80 percent chance of survival.
Older Workforce Leads to Road Safety Concerns for Employers
The growing number of older people continuing to work and retiring later has presented an interesting road safety challenge for U.S. employers. Because many people experience age-related deterioration in certain driving-related skills, employers have an important role to play in keeping their workers driving safely as they age, according to experts and safe driving advocates. Highway deaths are the leading cause of occupational fatalities in the USA, and a new analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that workers 65 and older older have a highway fatality rate more than three times that of workers ages 18-54.
Source: USA Today
St. Louis Grows Red-Light Safety Camera Program
The city of St. Louis has added eleven new red-light safety cameras to dangerous intersections in the past few months. There are now more than 70 cameras in the city’s program. Officials tout the camera program as a key safety tool in reducing accidents. Red light safety camera intersections are selected based on locations that have the highest incidence of violations and accidents.
Transportation Officials Bus Safety Enforcement Activities
Federal, state and local commercial vehicle inspectors across the country have begun an intensified safety crack-down to remove unsafe vehicles and drivers from U.S. roads. Over the next two weeks investigators will inspect motor coaches, buses, and 9-to-15-passenger vans for overall vehicle maintenance and safety equipment condition. They will also verify commercial driver qualifications and driver compliance with federal hours-of-service requirements. Vehicles and drivers found to be violating critical safety regulations will be put out-of-service on the spot.
Source: Fast Lane
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