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.
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
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