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.
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
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