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.
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.
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