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 Miami, 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.

Holidays Pose Increased Road Dangers
A new analysis by a University of Alabama researcher finds that the days just before Christmas bring an increased risk of vehicle collisions. According to the study, the six-day period that includes Christmas had 18% more crashes than the Thanksgiving period and 27% more than the period around New Year’s Day. In addition, a recent online survey for MADD found that 73% of adults 21 and older had been at an event and seen someone try to drive home after drinking too much. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 1,091 were killed in DUI collisions between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve last year.
Source: USA Today

Road Collisions Named Biggest Threat to Americans’ Safety Abroad
A new study in the journal Injury Prevention finds that more Americans died from road collisions than homicide or terrorist events abroad between 2003 and 2009. The report measures deaths-per-one-million-visits to a country by American travelers and U.S. State Department data shows a total of 5,417 unnatural deaths among Americans abroad during the six-year study period. More Americans died from road crashes in all of the 160 countries surveyed than from homicides, with the exception of the Philippines. Thailand topped the list of traffic fatalities with 16.5 deaths per million visits, followed by Vietnam, with 15 fatal road accidents per million visits.
Source: The Chicago Tribune

New York Municipality Pursues Red-Light Safety Camera Program
City of Tonawanda officials are proposing to install cameras at three dangerous intersections that are difficult for police to patrol. The six cameras – one each in the south and northbound directions – could be installed as early as March if the timeline proceeds as planned. Officials hope to improve public safety by using camera technology.
Source: The Buffalo News

Wilmington Red-Light Safety Camera Footage Illustrates Dangers of Red-Light Running
Red-light safety cameras in Wilmington have captured the dangers of vehicles running red lights and crashing into other cars. Footage released by American Traffic Solutions (below) highlights the importance of stopping on red in Delaware. Red-light running collisions at New Centre & Market have fallen by 87 percent and there has also been a 67 percent decrease in T-bone accidents at 23rd and Market Streets, according to a May 2013 report.

Source: WNCN

New Florida Technology to Free Up Traffic and Increase Road Safety
Florida, along with a handful of other states, is at the forefront of a national effort to create a system that allows vehicles to wirelessly communicate with each other and the streets and roads around them. Vehicle information would be sent to a traffic command center that predicts and prevents traffic slowdowns based on that information and, in turn, relays traffic and safety warnings to vehicles. As the technology involved becomes more accessible and affordable, these programs are increasingly viable on the state and local level.
Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

                                                                               

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

Traffic technologies in the state of Missouri have had a significant impact on road safety. Red-light safety camera programs throughout Missouri have helped to reduce red-light running collisions and improve driver behavior in and around intersections across the state.

The Kansas City Police Department released a study finding that collisions decreased by 65 percent in the first year that cameras started monitoring city intersections. In the second year, collisions dropped by 54 percent. Similarly, in Florissant, Missouri, the presence of red-light safety cameras produced a 51 percent reduction in violations.

Perhaps the most encouraging statistic regarding camera programs in Missouri comes from St. Louis, where 84 percent of drivers who received and paid one red-light running citation did not receive a second one. Camera technology has a proven track record of changing driver behavior for the better, which leads to fewer collisions and increased safety for all who travel Missouri roads.

More valuable road safety information is available in the Missouri Red-Light Safety Camera fact sheet below.

 

For more information, visit NCSR’s Missouri state page.

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 Miami, 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.

Pittsburgh City Council Approves Red-Light Safety Camera Program
The city council of Pittsburgh has approved a new red-light safety camera program that will target 20 of the city’s most dangerous intersections beginning next year. The 7-2 vote will make Pittsburgh the second major Pennsylvania city to install camera technology. Pittsburgh’s mayor-elect Bill Peduto was struck by an SUV running a red light Downtown 15 years ago, breaking some of his ribs, and just last week his incoming operations officer, Guy Costa, also was hit by a vehicle near the City-County Building.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Study: Americans are Driving Less, Not Just Due to Economy
A new analysis from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, which looks at data from the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration and the Census Bureau, finds that there is a decline in per-capita driving in a wide variety of areas across the country. The analysis finds that the average number of miles driven per resident fell in nearly three-quarters of the cities where up-to-date and accurate data were available. The average American drives 7.6% fewer miles today than in 2004, when per-capita driving peaked. In addition, the report showed that the cities that had the biggest decreases in driving were hit less hard by the economic downturn, a finding that refutes recent claims about the economy’s effect on roadway transportation.
Source: USA Today

Teens in Rural Utah Improve Seat Belt Safety
Since 2005, the Utah Highway Safety Office has compared how many rural versus urban state residents were wearing a seat belt at the time of a crash. From 2006 to 2008, rural Utahns were twice to three times more likely to not have their seat belt on, according to the reports. However, looking specifically at teens in these reports, the numbers are improving — a lot. In rural Utah, the number of unrestrained teens injured in a crash fell 74 percent from 2003 to 2012; the same statistic fell 72 percent for fatal crashes.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

New Jersey Town’s Red-Light Safety Camera Reduces Collisions
In 2012, the town of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey installed a red-light safety camera at an intersection that services nearly 67,000 vehicles a day and witnesses more than 30 collisions a year. One year later, town officials have seen a significant decrease in crashes at the monitored intersection: total collisions fell from 30 to 23, rear-end collisions dropped from 19 to 13, and right-angle crashes decreased from eight to two.
Source: NorthJersey.com

Florida Bill Aims to Aid First Responders Administer Treatment in Traffic Collisions
In Florida, a bill has been filed that would provide emergency responders with access to critical medical information in the moments following a traffic collision. If the bill passes the state legislature, counties would be authorized to seek funding for a yellow dot decal program to guide proper medical treatment in situations where collision victims may not be able to speak. Drivers would voluntarily opt into the program by placing a free yellow decal on their cars that displays any unique medical needs. Supporters of the bill say that the first moments following a serious wreck are crucial.
Source: Land Line Magazine

                                                                               

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