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.
Top 5 Findings in New Jersey Department of Transportation 3rd Annual Red-Light Safety Camera Report
Red-light safety cameras turned in another year of positive results at intersections in New Jersey, and trends show “driver behavior is being modified,” according to the recently issued New Jersey Department of Transportation’s (NJDOT) third annual analysis of the photo enforcement program.
Tennessee Council Votes To Extend Red-Light Vendor’s Contract
Buoyed by figures showing wrecks down at intersections across town, the City Council voted 5-1 Thursday to extend a vendor’s contract for one year to oversee an automated red-light enforcement system. American Traffic Solutions, which took over the program in March 2011, three years after Traffipax started it, will continue operating and maintaining the cameras until Nov. 30, 2015.
Source: The Post
HFM Prevention Council Urges Drivers to Stay Sober When Driving During The Holidays
According to the 2012 stats from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 1,168 traffic fatalities in New York and 422 (36 percent) of them involved alcohol. Nationally, the average for traffic fatalities in 2012 involving alcohol were about 36 percent, with a total of 12,041 deaths because someone choose to drive a car while their brain was affected by a drug called alcohol. According to Mothers’ Against Drunk Driving, about every 53 minutes someone is killed in a drunken-driving crash. There are also many more who are seriously injured.
Source: The Daily Gazette
Crash Victim’s Mother Speaks To Teens About Safe Driving Habits
Regina Stewart is honoring her son Chris, who was killed in a car crash by speaking to teens, by sharing her story of loss and raising awareness of safe driving practices at the annual New York Teen Safe Driving Coalition.
Source: The Record
Driving Safety Tips for Snow
With snow in the forecast, drivers are encouraged to take it slow and be prepared when hitting the road. The snow is expected to blanket parts of the area in the next few days, and so some drivers said they are now getting their winter driving kit ready. AAA Public Affairs Specialist Steve Pacer also recommends including a small snow shovel, snow brush and water in your winter driving kit, in case you get stuck.
Source: Time Warner Cable News
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