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 Data: Transportation Is Number One Cause of U.S. Worker Deaths
The single biggest cause of worker deaths in America in 2012 was “transportation incidents,” according to new data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Almost 2,000 of the 4,628 workplace fatalities that year involved some kind of moving vehicle. The deaths include a lot of truck drivers and other people who work in the transportation industry. Transportation incidents have been the leading cause of worker deaths since the bureau began tracking the fatalities 1992.
Source: Transportation Nation

CNN Money Goes Behind the Scenes at American Traffic Solutions
Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions is responsible for nearly half of the estimated 7,000 red light traffic cameras in the United States. CNN Money takes a look at the company and the work it is doing to improve road safety in the following video:

Source: CNN Money

Pedestrians to Test Accident Prevention Transmitters in Road Safety Study
The University of Michigan plans to triple the number of study vehicles outfitted with vehicle-to-vehicle communications in the next phase of a road test of equipment designed to prevent accidents. In addition, some pedestrians also will be given transmitters to see whether vehicles can spot their locations. The road test, which the university is conducting for the U.S. Department of Transportation, is expected to help federal regulators determine whether all vehicles should be equipped with transponders to transmit their location.
Source: Crains Detroit

New York State Assembly Authorizes New York City’s Use of Additional Speed Cameras
The New York State Assembly voted Monday to authorize hundreds of new speed cameras for school zones in New York City and Long Island. The city would get 120 more cameras if the bill passes. The Assembly voted 103-24 Monday in favor of the bill, which would allow local officials to operate the cameras during and immediately before and after school activities.
Source: CBS New York

Google’s Self-Driving Car Begins Tackling Urban Streets
Google’s self-driving car has been successfully navigating California’s highways for years. While highways entail the peril of high speeds, city driving introduces far more variables to the equation for the algorithms that govern Google’s autonomous cars. Accordingly, Google’s drivers have been logging thousands of miles in the city’s hometown of Mountain View, testing the car’s ability to deal with unpredictable obstacles. In all cases, the car errs on the side of caution, which has great benefits for bicyclists and pedestrians in particular.
Source: Slate

                                                                   

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 Arnold, 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.

It seems that red-light safety camera opponents come up with new falsehoods about camera enforcement every day. Whether they’re simply misinformed or downright attempting to mislead the public, people across the country love to spread myths about red-light safety cameras. To combat these false claims with cold, hard facts, American Traffic Solutions has released an infographic that addresses the top 10 myths about red-light safety cameras.

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 City Police Writing More Violations for Dangerous Driving
New York City police are writing more tickets citywide for the most serious traffic violations, according to a new WNYC analysis of police ticketing data. In 55 of the city’s 75 precincts, officers wrote more tickets in the first quarter of the year, when compared to the start of last year. The tickets covered six key dangerous driving categories: using a cell phone while driving, disobeying a sign, failing to stop at a signal, making an improper turn, not giving right of way to a pedestrian, and speeding. Overall, ticketing in those categories was up across the city: 89,868 tickets in 2013, compared to 100,172 in 2014.
Source: Transportation Nation

Pennsylvania Residents Ask Town to Install Red-Light Safety Cameras
A group of residents in State College, Pennsylvania are hoping to make the streets a little safer. They want the town to install cameras at certain intersections to crack down on drivers who are running red lights. The residents are asking for the public’s help to get them installed by signing a petition in support of red-light safety cameras.
Source: WJAC

New Report: Bikers and Pedestrians Make for Healthier Cities
A new report from the Alliance for Biking and Walking finds that levels of obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes are lower in cities where a higher percentage of commuters bicycle or walk to work, and cities where drivers get used to sharing the road with bikers and walkers generally have lower rates of pedestrian and bike fatalities. The report dispels the notion that more bicyclists and pedestrians on the roads lead to more crash deaths involving bikers and walkers. It finds that cities and states that have higher biking and walking rates also have lower fatality rates for bikers and walkers than cities where fewer people bike and walk.
Source: KING5

Delaware’s Red-Light Safety Cameras Continue to Reduce Collisions
Delaware’s red-light safety cameras continue to reduce the frequency of dangerous crashes at 30 intersections statewide, according to the state’s annual report on the program. DelDOT has seen an average 29 percent drop in red-light-running crashes since monitoring began and an average 47 percent drop in the most severe type of crashes where the impact occurs at an angle.
Source: The News Journal

Seattle Uses Childhood Cartoon Characters to Promote Road Safety
Seattle officials have launched “Be Super Safe Seattle,” a program that combines cartoons and law enforcement efforts. The videos feature cartoon superheroes such as Scooby Doo, Spider-Man, and Batman, who educate the public on risky behavior such as speeding, distraction, and impairment.

Impaired driving is a factor in almost half (48%) of all fatal collisions in the city, according to Be Super Safe Seattle. Speeding is a factor in 42%, and distracted driving is at 22%. In combination with videos, the Seattle Police Department plans to use several emphasis patrols that will improve safety by handing out fliers to help drive home their message.
Source: KOMO

                                                                   

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 Knoxville, TN.

 

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