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 Memphis, 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.

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 State Legislature Passes Bill to Lower Speed Limit in New York City
Both houses of the New York State Legislature have voted to give New York City the authority to lower its speed limit to 25 miles per hour. Passage of the bill was hailed by city officials and advocates alike who see it as crucial to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero approach. The bill now goes to Governor Cuomo’s desk for signature. He is expected to sign it.
Source: Transportation Nation

New D.C. Traffic Safety Cameras Begin Ticketing
Drivers in Washington, D.C. will begin receiving tickets from 15 new traffic safety cameras. Of the cameras, 14 issue violations for speeding and one issues tickets to oversized vehicles. The speed safety cameras primarily target areas with posted speed limits of 25 miles per hour and are stationed across the city. The fees for speeding will increase as drivers reach certain speed thresholds above the limit.
Source: NBC Washington

Connecticut City Pilots New Pedestrian Flag Program
The city of Bridgeport, Connecticut is piloting a new program aimed at increasing pedestrian safety through the use of crosswalk flags. The idea is simple: Carry a neon-colored flag while crossing the street, and it’s more likely a car will see you. The city has provided small one-foot by one-foot flags that pedestrians can hold to make drivers more aware that they are going to cross.
Source: WNPR

Albany Red-Light Cameras Approved by State Legislature
The New York State Legislature passed the bill that would allow the city of Albany to purchase and install up to 20 red-light safety cameras at intersections throughout the city. Violations will come with a $50 fine. The city of Albany will look at accident data to determine where the red-light safety cameras will be installed.
Source: Q103 Albany

New Protected Bike Lane Design Could Save Lives
An urban planner from Portland, Oregon has designed a new protected intersection that would make intersections less stressful and safer for bicyclists. Taking a note from Dutch protected bike lanes, the new design features four components: extended protection into the intersection; a stop area for cyclists just past the crosswalk so they are more visible to motorists; a setback crossing to allow more time for reaction; and bike-specific signals.
Source: Wired

                                                                   

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 Temple Terrace, 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.

The Impact of Stalled Federal Transportation Funding on Summer Travel
If Congress fails to authorize a transportation funding bill and address the looming insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund, families hitting the road for vacation could find Washington’s transportation trouble brought home in a very real way: They could encounter seemingly endless traffic backups at roads and bridges that local governments have no money to repair. The loss of a vital bridge or other transportation project can reverberate across a region, lengthening commutes and putting a damper on vacation trips.
Source: USA Today

Dangerous Driving Behavior Increases as Tennessee Town’s Traffic Safety Cameras Shut Down
A new study in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, finds that speeding and red-light running infractions have increased since local traffic safety cameras were shut down. Red-light violations increased from an average of 20 per day at four locations in the three weeks before the cameras were disabled to up to 28 per day in the fourth week afterward. The average number of school zone speeding violations jumped from a little more than two per day in the 14 days before the cameras were disabled to 10 or 11 per day afterward.
Source: Oak Ridge Today

South Carolina Bans Texting and Driving
South Carolina is now the 44th state to prohibit texting while behind the wheel for all drivers. The infraction will be considered a primary offense, meaning that law enforcement can issue citations when they observe the behavior. Fines for texting and driving will start at $25 but drivers will not receive points on their licenses.
Source: Governors Highway Safety Association

Florida County Begins Red-Light Safety Camera Program
In Florida, Osceola county has turned on the first of its new red-light safety cameras. For the first 30 days, drivers will be issued warnings rather than tickets. The county plans to install cameras at nine additional intersections.
Source: WFTV

NYC Department of Transportation Looks to Add Bike Lanes and Pedestrian Plazas to All Five Boroughs
New York City’s transportation commissioner said she wants to make sure streets get redesigned for safety all over the city — not just Manhattan. At a construction industry forum, Commissioner Polly Trottenberg stated that the city’s Department of Transportation will focus on building out the bicycle network and pedestrian plaza program in boroughs outside of Manhattan.
Source: Transportation Nation

                                                                   

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 Memphis, 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.