The number of bicyclists killed in the U.S. is increasing, according to a recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The report, Spotlight on Highway Safety, published earlier this month, notes that the annual number of bicyclist deaths increased 16 percent between 2010 and 2012, particularly affecting adult males 20 years and older in urban settings. As mentioned in GHSA’s report, bicyclist fatalities are an urban phenomenon. It stated that urban-related bicycle deaths made up 69 percent of the total bicyclist deaths in 2012. There were 722 deaths total in 2012 alone. The increase in fatalities correlates with an increase in bicyclist commuters in cities around the U.S., particularly in California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Michigan and Texas. In addition, the majority of the victims were not wearing helmets and 25 percent of them were alcohol-impaired. The report goes on to list recommendations on how to reduce bicycle-related collisions and injuries. Suggested methods include law enforcement, increased education of lawful and appropriate behavior regarding bicyclist/motorist interactions, efforts to increase helmet usage and infrastructure changes to facilitate road sharing. GHSA also found some states are turning to “Complete Street” policies and implementing environmental and engineering changes to accommodate bicycles and motor vehicles traveling in the same direction. They are also making improvements at intersections, where 37 percent of bicyclist deaths occurred in 2012. Additional efforts have been made to improve road sharing and reduce bicyclist fatalities. For example, some automotive companies like Ford are working to install technology equipment in their vehicles that can detect pedestrians and bicycles and automatically brakes the vehicle. For more information on GHSA and the report visit www.GHSA.org.

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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.”
Source:  MarketWired

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.
Source: GHSA   

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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League of Municipalities Says N.J. Red-Light Safety Cameras Should Stay
The organization that lobbies on behalf of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities wants the state to renew its red-light safety camera pilot program. Bill Dressel, executive director of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, wrote to Gov. Chris Christie last week in support of extending the program, which is set to expire in December. There are currently 73 camera-equipped intersections in 24 New Jersey towns and the NJ Dept. of Transportation found that the 22 intersections where the cameras had been installed for two full years saw a marked reduction in accidents.
Source:  NJ.com

CBS News Asks “How Drowsy Is Too Drowsy to Drive?”
For the first time Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board will hold a forum on drowsy driving and how it affects Americans behind the wheel. The AAA says 41 percent of motorists report “falling asleep or nodding off” while driving at least once in their lifetime. The NTSB says even just two hours less sleep than you need in one night is enough to potentially impair your driving the next day; The NTSB is now trying to get to the root of the problem to prevent more fatalities.
Source: CBS

North Carolina Attorney General Wants More Stop-Arm Safety Cameras
Attorney General Roy Cooper wants to see more advanced stop arm cameras on school buses. He said he wants all public school buses to have cameras that would photograph the license plate of any car that passes while a bus is stopped. Those photos would then be used to issue citations. It is a system similar to red-light safety cameras.
Source: TWC News

AT&T Unveils Futuristic Traffic-Safety Application
Vision Zero is getting new ideas from the tech sector. Winners of a $50,000 prize designed apps that can set alarms when a user crosses the street and use facial recognition software to detect sleepy drivers. Although technology and applications are normally seen as a distraction some believe that “the source of the problem could also be the solution.” Although none of these apps are ready for wide-spread use the $50,000 prize gets them that much closer to putting them into effect in cities across the country.
Source: Crain’s New York

Washington Traffic Safety Commission Looks to Tighten Texting and Driving Laws
Washington’s Traffic Safety Commission encouraged lawmakers to advance the texting and driving laws to ban drivers from even holding their phones while behind the wheel. The initial law passed seven years ago banned texting and talking on the phone while driving, which means there was no specific law against posting to Facebook or Twitter. Drivers can also technically text or surf the web while stopped at an intersection. With several applications and technological innovations available for phone users now, the Traffic Safety Commission wanted a law that allowed authorities to write a ticket for any use of a cell phone while operating a vehicle unless pulled off on the side of a road.
Source: krem.com          

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.

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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