This Sunday, August 3 marks the beginning of National Stop on Red Week and NCSR needs your help to raise awareness of the serious dangers of running red lights. Throughout the week, NCSR will be partnering with like-minded organizations and communities across the country to remind drivers to always stop on red. As an NCSR supporter, there are many ways for you to get involved.

Head over to our Stop on Red Week page and you will see that each day of the week is dedicated to different safety aspects; useful statistics and information; and heartfelt messages from supporters — including the tools and resources you need to help spread the word in your community. Your messages on social media and conversations with friends, colleagues and decision makers can make all the difference in this important effort.

Innocent lives are lost every day because of the reckless decision to run a red light, but with your help we can encourage drivers everywhere to stop on red and save lives in the process. For more information, sample social media posts and our Stop on Red Week toolkit, visit ncsrsafety.org/stop-on-red.

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.                  

United Kingdom Raises Truck Speed Limits to Increase Safety
The United Kingdom’s Department for Transport has raised the speed limit for trucks on two-lane highways to 50 mph. The speed limit was previously set to 40 miles per hour, which was 20 miles per hour slower than the limit for other motorists on the road. The change was prompted by the logic that car drivers will get less frustrated and therefore be less likely to cross the center lane and pass the slow trucks—a move that can lead to dangerous crashes. Opponents argue that raising the speed limit for trucks will not make roads safer but will only intensify the damage in future crashes. The new speed limit will take effect in early 2015.
Source: Wired

New York Governor OKs Red-Light Safety Cameras in Eight Counties
Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York signed a bill permitting eight cities and counties across the state to extend or initiate red-light safety camera programs.  This law is a significant step in promoting traffic safety at intersections.  Many of the cities and counties affected by the law have more than 20 red-light safety cameras already running and plan to install more.
Source: The Democrat and Chronicle

Police Increase Presence to Stress Pedestrian Safety
As the DC Metrorail’s silver line begins its service, police in Fairfax County, Virginia will assign additional officers to set up enforcement of traffic and pedestrian safety laws. With increased traffic in certain areas due to the new metro line, the primary objective of the additional officers is to increase public awareness and gain voluntary compliance from the public to follow the laws set in place to aid pedestrian and road safety. 
Source: Leesburg Today  

Florida City Expands Red-Light Safety Camera Program
Four new red-light safety cameras have been installed at high-traffic intersections in Jacksonville, Florida. The city sheriff’s office has added the cameras to increase safety and reduce red-light running. The owner of the offending vehicle will receive a $158 civil violation in the mail and a link to video of the violation.
Source: WTEV

Kentucky Intersection Being Rebuilt for Pedestrian Safety
The Woodland Triangle intersection in Lexington, Kentucky is known for its heavily congested roads with an eclectic mix of drivers, cyclists, walkers, runners and skateboarders.  The intersection will be rebuilt to include extended bike-lanes, new sidewalks, and changing motorist routes. The previous paths allowed motorists to drive straight across the intersection, putting pedestrians and other motorists at risk.  Now, drivers will proceed around the triangle making the pathways safer for all.
Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

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

Approximately 1.24 million people die on the world’s roads each year, and road traffic collisions are the number one cause of death for people ages 15 to 19. Because of this and other troubling statistics, the World Health Organization (WHO) is placing an increased emphasis on education about traffic injuries and advocacy for safe road policies. Below is a WHO infographic detailing the facts about road traffic injuries. WHO has also created additional infographics on road safety issues, such as drunk driving and speeding, as part of its Decade of Action for Road Safety.

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.

Lake County California to Host Free “Start Smart” Traffic Safety Class
The Clear Lake Area California Highway Patrol (CHP) is offering a free “Start Smart” traffic safety class for teenage drivers and their parents/guardians.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that the leading cause of death for American teens is motor vehicle collisions. The CHP’s goal is to reduce the death rate among teenagers as a result of these collisions.
Source: Lake County News

Speed Safety Cameras Issue 1.25 Million Warnings in Chicago and Reduce Speeding by 43%
The City of Chicago has 51 speed safety cameras in place.  The 11-month-old speed safety camera program has issued more than 1.25 million warnings and the number of speeding cars observed by the cameras has dropped 43 percent since the first week of its operation.  At some locations, the number of speeders has dropped by 99 percent.  The city now plans to install 12 more cameras later this year.
Source: Streets Blog: Chicago

Vermont Sets Lower and Consistent Speed Limit Along Route 4
Vermont is set to reduce speed limits along Route 4 to smooth out changes in speed and to give drivers more time to react in emergencies.  All zones will be reduced to 45 mph along the 23-mile stretch. Five people died in accidents along Route 4 between Bridgewater and Hartford in the first half of 2013, prompting Gov. Peter Shumlin to implement a number of safety measures for the highway, including an increased police presence and the installation of rumble strips along the center line.
Source: Valley News

Upgrading Signal Heads in Nashville, GA to Improve Traffic Safety
Nashville is upgrading their signal heads to improve the efficiency and safety of traffic flow by the end of September at three major intersections.  The new signal heads will have brighter LED lights so that they are more visible by cars and more energy efficient.  The biggest improvement is the new system that will wirelessly control the lights.  The system will be able to detect oncoming traffic approaching the intersection.
Source: WFXL

Mississippi School District Bus Arm Safety Cameras Catch 7 Cars Passing School Buses
Lamar County School District in Mississippi has bus arm safety cameras in 21 school buses.  This school year, the cameras caught seven cars passing a stopped school bus and the school has reported the names and license plate numbers to the Lamar County Justice Court.  The school board president, Mike Pruitt, stated that the cameras are making the rides safer for students and acts as a major deterrent.
Source: Hattiesburg American

                                                           

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