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 Study: Drivers More Annoyed by Texting While Driving
Even though 69% of Americans find texting to be the “most annoying or offensive” activity while driving, 55% admit to using their phone in the car. A new report from Expedia looks at Americans’ habits and opinions about driver behavior ahead of the summer travel season. The most Americans (69%) identified drivers who texts, emails or talks on the phone while driving, as one of the top five most annoying and offensive behaviors. Tailgating was ranked in the top five worst behaviors by 60% of survey respondents. Other bad behaviors in the report included multitasking, hogging the left lane, honking and racing at red lights.
Washington, D.C. Expands Speed Safety Camera Program
The Metro Police Department in Washington, D.C. has added new speed safety cameras to 14 locations in the District. In addition, one camera will enforce oversized vehicles in residential neighborhoods. A recent study by the D.C. Department of Transportation found that traffic safety cameras reduced crashes at 87 locations.
Pedestrian Fatalities Remain High As Overall Traffic Deaths Fall
Between 2003 and 2012, more than 47,000 pedestrians were killed nationwide — even as traffic fatalities overall were falling. A new report from the National Complete Streets Coalition ranks cities by its Pedestrian Death Index, the percentage of pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 people. Florida cities Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Miami occupy the top four spots on that list, due largely in part to their development after World War II.
Source: Transportation Nation
State College Police and Residents Work Together to Get Red-Light Safety Cameras Installed
The State College Police Department and the College Heights Association in State College, Pennsylvania are teaming up together and asking lawmakers to amend a bill that would allow boroughs to put in red-light safety cameras. One of the community’s intersections just off Penn State University’s campus has caused a great deal of alarm. The College Heights Association has collected more than 300 signatures on a petition seeking approval for counties outside of the Philadelphia area to install red-light safety cameras.
New York Police Heighten Enforcement of Dangerous Driving
As part of the New York City’s “Vision Zero” street safety initiative, cops in 21 precincts across the city will focus on dangerous road behavior for one week. Cops will target speeders, red light runners, drivers who are on their cell phones, motorists who fail to yield to pedestrians, and other vehicular scofflaws. The effort follows two shorter initiatives over the last couple of weeks. One two-day crackdown took aim at dangerous behavior and resulted in 5,258 tickets for illegal cell phone use and for failing to yield to walkers. Another ticket blitz last week resulted in 4,814 summonses for speeding.
Source: New York Daily News
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