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.
Linden City Council Urges Continuation of Red-Light Safety Cameras
The City of Linden, New Jersey, is speaking out in favor of the State’s red-light safety camera program and urging legislators to continue the program beyond 2014. The council made its opinion known on Tuesday with the unanimous passage of a resolution supporting “legislation renewing the red-light camera program at the end of the current pilot program.”
Intervention Program Helps Reduce Distracted Driving
A simple intervention designed to raise awareness about the use of communication devices while driving reduced the incidence of distracted driving by 50 percent in hospital personnel, according to findings from a single site study presented today at the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons. In an effort to identify the incidence of distracted driving among health care providers at the University of Arizona and to raise awareness about its hazards, study authors conducted a four-phase intervention.
Source: Medical Press
GHSA: Bicyclist Fatalities a Growing Problem in U.S.
The number of bicyclists killed on U.S. roadways is trending upward, particularly for certain subsets of the population, according to a report released today by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). GHSA’s Spotlight on Highway Safety: Bicyclist Safety notes that yearly bicyclist deaths increased 16 percent between 2010 and 2012, while overall motor vehicle fatalities increased just one percent during the same time period.
School Bus Stop Arm Cameras Approved in Texas City
Starting Wednesday, drivers who violate laws regarding school buses within the city of Coppell will be ticketed and fined. The Coppell ISD Board of Trustees approved an agreement Monday with Dallas County Schools (DCS) to begin the enforcement of the stop arm camera system. Coppell ISD approved the agreement unanimously.
Source: Coppell Gazette
Ford Adding Pedestrian Detection to Its Cars
Ford is giving its cars the ability to spot—and avoid hitting—pedestrians using a combination of radar and camera sensing. The system will appear in Europe next year on Ford’s Mondeo sedan. Although similar technology is available in some high-end cars, like the Mercedes S-Class, the move from Ford shows how rapidly automation is coming even to modest vehicles.
Source: Technology Review
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