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 Survey: America’s Rudest Drivers Are in Idaho
A new survey from Insure.com has found that Idaho has the “rudest” drivers. The survey asked two thousand drivers which states they felt had the rudest motorists; many answers were influences by the geography of the respondents. The most common causes for complaint were drivers talking on their phones, tailgating, not signaling, weaving through lanes and speeding.
Editorial Board Supports Safety Benefits of Automated Traffic Enforcement in D.C.
The Washington Post recently posted an editorial espousing the increased safety that has resulted from red-light and speed safety cameras in the District of Columbia. D.C.’s population has increased by 13 percent in the last ten years, but traffic collisions have dropped by more than 70 percent and injuries have decreased by one-third. According to the editorial board, “The widespread and consistent enforcement of traffic laws made possible by photo enforcement has caused drivers to slow down in the District and obey the rules.”
Source: The Washington Post
Parents Lacking Knowledge of When to Move Children Out of Booster Seats
Nearly 9 in 10 parents are moving their children from booster seats to a seatbelt before they reach the recommended height, according to a new study from Safe Kids Worldwide. For years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the American Academy of Pediatrics have recommended that children ride buckled up in car seats or booster seats until they’re 57 inches tall and weigh between 80 and 100 pounds. However, the survey finds that 7 in 10 parents of children ages 4-10 are unaware of the height recommendation.
Source: USA Today
New Speed Safety Cameras Operating in Five Long Island School Districts
Speed safety cameras began operating in five new school districts in Nassau County, New York, bringing the total number of fixed and mobile speed safety camera locations to 23. By the end of the year, the county expects to install cameras in all 56 districts.
New California Law Requires Drivers to Give Space to Bicyclists
In California, a new law has taken effect requiring drivers to give bicyclists three feet of space when they pass them on the road. Prior to this law, there had been no clearly defined passing distance. The law applies to any place a vehicle passes a bicyclist, regardless of whether there’s a bike lane in the road. If there’s not enough room for a driver to give three feet of space, they must first slow down before safely passing.
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