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 Apopka, FL.

 

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 York Thruway Signage Indicates Texting Zones
In an effort to combat distracted driving, nearly 300 new signs are going up along New York roadways, highlighting 91 ‘Texting Zone’ locations – highway rest stops and other parking facilities. The signs will display the message “It Can Wait” and the number of miles until the next texting zone. One in five traffic collisions can be attributed to distracted driving and these numbers are getting worse instead of better. New York State Police issued 21,500 tickets for distracted driving this summer compared with 5,200 in the same period last year.
Source: Transportation Nation

Norfolk Begins Red-Light Safety Camera Program
This week, the city of Norfolk, Virginia will install its first red-light safety camera at one of the area’s busier intersections. A second camera will go live at another Norfolk intersection by November. Violators will pay a $50 fine for running a red light.
Source: WVEC

CDOT Command Center Keeps Drivers Safe During Floods
The Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Operation Center used nearly 400 traffic cameras to keep drivers and first responders safe during recent flooding. Normally operated by a staff of two to three employees, the Operation Center had 12 people monitoring footage and images during heavy storms in order to alert motorists to impassable roads. The information was sent to drivers, either online, through electronic signs over the highway and the media. The state estimates 200 miles of roads were damaged and at least 50 bridges will need repairs.
Source: FOX Denver

Maryland County Commissioners OK School Bus Cameras
The commissioners in Charles County, Maryland have voted to let the sheriff’s office move forward with implementing a school bus safety camera program. The cameras will fine motorists that pass stationary buses. Improvements in camera technology and image quality have encouraged the police department to pursue the program. The goal of the program is to improve safety for school bus riders.
Source: Southern Maryland Newspapers Online

Tennessee Road Safety Chief Re-Elected as Head of GHSA
Tennessee’s chief road safety official, Kendell Poole, has been re-elected for his second term as head of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). Poole will focus on impaired driving, occupant safety and speeding as his priorities for 2014. Poole was named director of the Tennessee road safety office by then-Governor Phil Bredesen in 2006, and continues to serve in that role under current Governor Bill Haslam.
Source: The Republic

                                                                               

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 Orlando, FL.

 

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.

Survey: Parents Neglecting to Properly Buckle Children
A new survey from child advocacy group Safe Kids and General Motors Foundation finds that 21 percent of parents believe it’s OK to drive with their children unbuckled if it’s a short trip, despite the emphasis placed on child passenger safety. In reality, more than 60% of crashes involving children occur within 10 minutes of home, according to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention. They survey also found that more affluent parents, more educated parents, fathers and younger parents were more likely to say it was OK to ride unrestrained.
Source: USA Today

Accidents Decrease at Newark Red-Light Safety Camera Intersections
Newark officials say seven intersections with red-light safety cameras have had a 64 percent drop in accidents since the technology was installed four years ago. The city found a 69 percent reduction in right angle crashes – the deadliest type of collision – and a 61 percent decline in rear-end crashes at these intersections. Newark Mayor Cory Booker attributed the decline in accidents to the automated cameras, saying that the technology has made residents safer.
Source: NJ.com

Pulitzer Center Visualizes Global Road Safety Crisis
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting has developed a data visualization project that capitalizes on its extensive network or journalists and their reporting skills to visualize the global road safety crisis. The digital platform features an interactive map in which you can access an assortment of road safety data by clicking on a country. You can also scan the map to access an ever-expanding roster of full reports and brief “roads facts” from around the world. The goal of the project is to raise awareness of the global road safety issue and help reverse the upward trend in traffic fatalities.
Source: Media Shift

Philadelphia Suburb to Begin Red-Light Safety Camera Program
A community just north of Philadelphia could become the first suburb in Pennsylvania to install red-light cameras under a new law allowing the devices to be used outside Philadelphia. Township commissioners in Abington voted 14-1 to install the devices at three busy intersections. The plan still requires a final green light from the state Department of Transportation.
Source: Philly.com

Thousands of New York and New Jersey Bridges Found to Be Structurally Deficient
An investigation from the Associated Press (AP) surveyed bridges across the country and found that thousands of aging spans in the New York and New Jersey are structurally deficient and in need of crucial repairs. According to the report nearly 600 bridges in the two states are in a stage of advanced deterioration and lack back-up safety technology, putting those structures particularly at risk. The AP National Investigations Editor believes New York and New Jersey bridges are in bad shape due to decreased state and federal infrastructure budgets.
Source: Transportation Nation

                                                                               

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

With NHTSA’s Child Passenger Safety Week and the 2013 school year both underway, it’s a the perfect time to take a deeper look at the dangers that chilren face as they travel to and from school. Road safety is a crucial concern for families as they send their children off in the morning and await their return in the afternoon. While students travel to schools using many different modes of transportation, they all come into contact with roadways and must exercise caution when interacting with other vehicles.

A 2011 report from the National Center for Safe Routes to School finds that 45 percent of children in the U.S. travel to school in a family vehicle and 39 percent ride school buses. Additionally, 13 percent of students walk or bike to school and only three percent use public transit or another mode of transportation.

For the 26 million children who ride school buses in the United States, school districts must consider student safety not only in the classroom but as they travel to and from campus as well. School bus safety cameras are a critical tool in keeping children safe by capturing photos of drivers who fail to stop when a bus’ stop arm signal has been deployed and students are offloaded.

Students face serious risk for injury at the hands of drivers who fail to stop for their buses. In a survey conducted by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, nearly 100,000 school bus drivers reported that 88,025 vehicles passed their buses illegally on a single day. The results from the sample indicate that nearly 16 million violations occur during a typical 180-day school year.

Nationwide, one-third of school bus collisions involve children who are hit by vehicles while they are on their way to and from the bus. Many of these violations can be difficult for police officers to spot.  To prevent these dangerous collisions and improve safety, school districts across the United States have started to adopt school bus safety cameras. Camera technology enforces the law, keeping students safe and improving driver behavior.

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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.