This Labor Day, millions of cars will hit the road as Americans celebrate summer with family and friends. As with all of the summer holidays, many people celebrate the end of summer by driving to a location that is more than 50 miles away from their home. NCSR is reminding all motorists to drive carefully when they travel this weekend.

In 2012, more than 6,270 red-light violations occurred over the Labor Day holiday.* This year is likely to be just as dangerous. Travel club AAA is projecting that 34.1 million Americans will travel over the holiday, with 85 percent expected to drive to their destinations. This prediction represents an increase of 4.3 percent when comparing the numbers to last year’s drivers.  Due to this expected rise in the number of road travelers, the National Safety Council predicts that 394 traffic deaths will occur over the Labor Day travel period, an increase of nearly 6 percent over 2012 numbers. In addition, the safety organization estimates that another 42,200 people will require medical treatment for traffic-related injuries.

Friday, August 30 is expected to be the busiest travel day of 2013. AAA predicts that 46 percent of Americans will depart for the holiday weekend on Friday and 43 percent will return on Monday, September 2.

With a significant influx of cars on our roadways, NCSR urges all drivers who are hitting the road this Labor Day to take extra precautions while driving, especially in and around intersections.

*Data was collected for all American Traffic Solutions red-light safety cameras operational for the entire year of 2012. The holiday trends were compiled for 19 states that use these cameras.

 

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.

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.
Source: Autoblog

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.
Source: Metro

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.
Source: KMOV

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

                                                           

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.

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Intersection located in Memphis, 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.

Labor Day Travel to Hit Four-Year High
Travel club AAA is projecting that 34.1 million Americans will travel over this Labor Day weekend. The number of Americans using the holiday for a getaway at least 50 miles from home represents a 4.2% increase over the 32.7 million who traveled during the Labor Day weekend in 2012. Most Americans will take to the road, with 85% expected to drive to their destinations, which represents 4.3% more than the 28 million who got away by car last year.
Source: USA Today

The 2013 GHSA Annual Meeting Focuses on Technology
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) will host its 2013 annual meeting this year in San Diego from Sunday, August 25 through Wednesday, August 28. The focus of this year’s event will be the issue of technology and how it presents both opportunities and challenges for the highway safety community. NCSR is sponsoring the meeting and will be on site to advocate for the use of red-light safety camera technology to improve driver behavior and save lives.
Source: GHSA

Illinois Governor Signs Highway Speed Limit Increase Despite Safety Concerns
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn overcame safety concerns and approved legislation Monday that will raise the speed limit on rural interstates to 70 mph. Quinn signed the measure despite opposition from the Illinois Department of Transportation, state police and leading roadway safety organizations, who feared increased mayhem on the highways, especially between cars and trucks. Opponents argue that higher speeds will lead to an increase in fatalities and make it more difficult for large trucks to stop to avoid collisions.
Source: Chicago Tribune

New Jersey Township Sees Reduction in Red-Light Violations
Lawrence Township in New Jersey saw a 37 percent reduction in red-light violations issued at one of the community’s most dangerous intersections. The township’s manager cites the camera system’s success at improving driver behavior as the reason that violations have decreased. Overall, collisions in the vicinity of the intersection decreased from 76 crashes in 2011 to 54 in 2012.
Source: NJ.com

Vehicle Sets Record for Highest NHTSA Safety Rating
The Tesla Model S has set a record for having the highest safety rating of any vehicle. The testing was done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The tests are done on a 5 star system, but only about one percent of all cars tested by the agency reach a safety level of 5 stars across all tests. The Model S, according to Tesla Motors, achieved what could be called a 5.4 star rating, after combining all of the scores in various subcategories (although NHTSA does not publish any score above 5 stars).
Source: Latinos Post

                                                           

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 Excelsior Springs, MO.

 

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