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.

Seven New Traffic Cameras Posted in D.C.
D.C. police announced the installation of traffic cameras at seven locations in the District of Columbia, six of which are speed traps. The selected locations are sites where speeding and pedestrian safety has been identified to be a problem, according to police.
Source: WUSA 9

Mississippi Department of Transportation Urges Safety During Thanksgiving Travel
This Thanksgiving holiday weekend, motorists across the state will hit the roads, eager to spend time with loved ones. It’s one of the busiest travel times of the year, and that means more crashes. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) reminds all drivers that it’s always essential to wear your seat belt.
Source: WJTV 12 News

Ohio School Buses Add Stop-Arm Safety Cameras To Promote Driver Safety
Police officers and school officials hope a little extra technology will help keep kids safer heading to and coming home from school. School buses in Marion City, Ohio have added a camera on the outside of the bus — on the bus and the school bus crossing arm that extends the “stop” sign when the door opens — to help keep kids safe heading to and from school by advocating driver safety.
Source: The Marion Star

AAA Shares Tips with Drivers to Help Them Get Ready for Winter Driving
Before winter weather fully hits states across the U.S. and motorists drive in winter conditions, AAA gives drivers tips on vehicle maintenance, including replacing windshield wipers, changing washer fluid and ways to keep your car safe on the road.
Source: Idaho Statesman

South Carolina Aims to Continue to Promote Traffic Safety
South Carolina is recognized as a leader in traffic safety, according to AAA Carolinas. However, Thanksgiving season is one of the busiest and deadliest times of year on the road and over 90 percent of South Carolinians traveling this Thanksgiving holiday will be celebrating with a road trip. To promote a continuation in traffic safety, the state is pushing for more people to wear safety belts.
Source: The Times and Democrat

 

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During a time of debate over the use of red-light safety cameras in New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Transportation released its third annual report about red-light safety cameras and the effect they have had on drivers throughout the state in recent years. The conclusion: perhaps this isn’t an issue worth debating.

Since the pilot program for the red-light safety cameras began on December 16, 2009, the New Jersey Department of Transportation has kept a close watch on the program’s effectiveness and how it has influenced driving behavior in New Jersey.

After five years, the Department released its third report analyzing the safety data for the cameras, noting that driving behavior has in fact been modified and suggested to continue the monitoring program.

Top findings include:

  • For the two locations with three years of data, when the Pre-Camera year crash data is compared to Year 3, right-angle crashes are down 86%, rear-end crashes are down 58%, total crashes are down 72%, and estimated crash severity costs have been reduced by $246,200. Regarding the citations issued at these locations, comparing the first month of operation (Month 1) with the last month at the end of the three-year period (Month 36), citations are down 83%.
  • Considering the crash, severity and citation data, both annually and over the three-year period it can be concluded that RLR has made a difference and therefore appears to be a viable safety tool at these Group 1 intersections.
  • For the twenty-two locations that have been active for two full years, when the Pre-Camera year data is compared to Year 2, right-angle crashes are down 60%, rear-end crashes are down 7%, total crashes are down 27%, and estimated crash severity costs have been reduced by $787,200. Regarding the citations issued at these locations, comparing Month 1 of operation with Month 24, citations are down 61%.
  • For the twenty-three intersections that have been operating for one full year, when the Pre-Camera year is compared to Year 1, right-angle crashes are down 15%, rear-end crashes are down 3%, total crashes are down 5%, and estimated crash severity costs have decreased by $2,176,100. Regarding the citations issued at these locations, comparing Month 1 with Month 12, citations are down 31%.
  • Adding the severity costs for each operational year, right-angle crash costs at all RLR intersections have decreased $1,519,500 and rear-end crash costs have decreased $1,690,000, resulting in a combined net public benefit of $3,209,500 for the program up through December 31, 2012.

While the debate may continue, the Department’s report shows that those who are in support of the red-light safety cameras and say the cameras promote safety by improving driving behavior are correct. So far, NCSR has collected more than 12,800 signatures from New Jersey residents on a petition supporting the use of the cameras at dangerous intersections.

To sign the petition and support the continuation of the red-light safety cameras in New Jersey, go here.

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 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.
Source: NJ.com

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

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.

Take the pledge to Stop on Red.

The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) helps save lives and protect communities by demonstrating how red-light safety cameras can improve driver behavior.