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 forward-thinking Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) of Washington, D.C. has long deployed a successful traffic safety camera program aimed at reducing red-light running, slowing speeders and improving driver behavior. Since the current program’s inception in 2001, traffic fatalities in the District have dropped 76 percent.

Today, MPD launched a new traffic safety program – DC Street Safe – to further protect D.C. residents and keep district roads safe. DC Street Safe uses cutting edge traffic enforcement technologies to combat aggressive and dangerous driving habits that endanger all D.C. road users. The program is especially beneficial to those in D.C. that are most vulnerable, like pedestrians and bicyclists. In 2011, pedestrians and bicyclists made up 40 percent of D.C. traffic fatalities, compared to the national average of 17 percent.

To help explain the purpose of the program, MPD is launching DC Street Safe with a series of videos that describe the new technologies to D.C. residents  and drivers in a relatable and colloquial way. The program includes the following new technologies. Watch the videos below to learn more.

Gridlock enforcement units that will improve traffic flow by targeting “blocking the box” at intersections

Portable stop sign enforcement units to reduce violations in residential neighborhoods

Portable crosswalk enforcement units that will enhance pedestrian safety at crosswalks near schools, parks, and recreation centers

Speed enforcement units that will focus on intersections with known speeding problems

Units that will enforce rules on oversized and overweight commercial vehicles in order to reduce infrastructure damage and enhance quality of life in District neighborhoods

 

 

NCSR applauds the DC Street Safe program and MPD’s efforts to raise public awareness about the safety benefits of camera enforcement in the District. Given the safety successes of MPD’s existing camera program, DC Street Safe is a significant step forward in protecting the drivers, passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians that use D.C. roadways.

For more information on D.C.’s new program, visit www.DCStreetSafe.org.

Visit the MPD’s YouTube channel for more on the campaign videos.

 

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.

More Americans Will Travel This Thanksgiving
A new analysis from INRIX predicts that traffic on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving will be up about 3 percent from last year thanks to lower gas prices. The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.20 on Monday, about 21 cents a gallon less than a year ago, according to AAA. INRIX’s Thanksgiving travel projection is based on its analysis of real-time information from nearly 100 million vehicles on the roads daily, data from the Thanksgiving holiday periods in 2011-12 and traffic trends from major national holidays this year.
Source: USA Today

Washington City Installs First Speed Safety Cameras
The city of Kent, Washington has installed its first speed safety cameras to maintain safety near two elementary schools. The Kent Police Department has conducted a full speed study at several city schools and found that some cars were travelling at double the speed limit. Data from the study convinced city officials begin the camera program in an effort to encourage drivers to slow down around schools.
Source: KOMO

Fatal Hit-and-Run Collisions on the Rise Across U.S.
Crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that the number of fatal hit-and-run crashes is trending upward, from 1,274 in 2009, to 1,393 in 2010, to 1,449 in 2011, the most recent year for which statistics were available. The 13.7 percent increase in hit-and-run deaths over that three-year period occurred while traffic deaths overall were falling 4.5 percent. These crashes have reached such epidemic proportions in Los Angeles that, during one recent year, nearly half of all collisions in the city involved a driver who fled the scene.
Source: USA Today

Illinois Town Expands Red-Light Safety Camera Program
The village of Skokie, Illinois will add two new red light cameras to busy intersections. The expansion of the red light camera program was unanimously approved Monday by the Village Board after officials maintained the program has been successful in reducing accidents. The new cameras will be installed at the town’s two most dangerous intersections.
Source: Skokie Review

New Jersey Medical Center Uses On-Board Safety Technology to Improve EMS Safety
Ambulance crashes have become an increasing source of public concern. There are an estimated 10,000 ambulance crashes per year and vehicle collisions are the number one cause of death among EMS personnel. To address this growing problem, Jersey City Medical Center EMS has deployed on-board safety technology that modifies driver behavior and provides real-time feedback alerting the drivers of dangerous driving habits. The goal is to instill a culture of safety among staff and the community, reducing the likelihood of a collision.
Source: Broadway World

                                                                               

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 Florissant, 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.

At a time when New Jersey’s red-light safety cameras have come under attack from radical state legislators, residents have spoken loudly in support of using the technology to keep roadways and loved ones safe. NCSR has collected more than 12,300 signatures from New Jersey residents on a petition supporting the use of red-light safety cameras at dangerous intersections in the state. The signatures show an overwhelming public approval for existing traffic safety programs that improve intersection safety.

And it’s no wonder why.

According to new data obtained from the Rutgers Plan4Safety crash database, right-angle crashes continue to decline at intersections in New Jersey. Crash data compiled from 26 intersections in 15 townships with American Traffic Solutions’ (ATS) red-light safety cameras in operation for at least one year showed total right-angle crashes decreased an average of 11 percent. A look at the 12 intersections with cameras in place for two years indicates an even greater reduction of 59 percent from the first year of use to the second. By comparison, right angle-crashes at control intersections without red-light safety cameras increased by 46 percent.

In addition to reducing accidents, red-light safety cameras are improving driver behavior in New Jersey. A recent review of ATS red-light safety cameras in New Jersey tracked red-light violations in 18 townships from the beginning of each program until the end of 2012. Since installation, average violations per camera fell by 44 percent.  Additionally, 86 percent of vehicles with a paid violation did not get a second. The low incidence of repeat offenders and the decline in violations indicate that cameras are changing driver habits for the better.

At this time we have 5100 of the 12,338 total signatures listed in the document below. The numbers continue to grow in support of red-light safety cameras as the public in New Jersey stands up for what they believe in.