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