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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Intersection located in Miami Springs, Florida.

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.

Buckle Up, Drive Safely This Christmas
Alabama Police Chief Terry Holden said if the current increase in traffic is any indication of what is yet to come during the Christmas holidays, it’s going to be heavy.
Source: TimesDaily

AAA: It’s Holiday Time So Don’t Let the ‘Spirits’ Move You
With more than 90% of holiday travelers driving to their destinations, AAA Southern New England urges motorists to be extra diligent about the dangers of impaired driving. According to the latest data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index, 1 in 8 licensed drivers, who drink at least occasionally, reported having driven when they thought their alcohol level might have been close to, or possibly over, the legal limit in the past year.
Source: Easton Courier

Safety Officials Want Stricter Cell Phone Driving Laws
According to traffic safety officials, Washington’s texting while driving law isn’t tough enough on drivers. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission says we’re missing out on hundreds of thousands of federal dollars to enforce distracted driving laws, because the laws aren’t tough enough.
Source: KGMI News

Traffic Fatalities Fell in 2013, But There’s Still Plenty of Room for Improvement
Traffic fatalities have been on the decline for years, tumbling 25 percent in the last decade alone. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 2013 continued that trend, with the fatality rate hovering at an all-time low — though there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
Source: The Car Connection

Record-Setting 98.6 Million Americans Traveling this Holiday Season
AAA now projects 98.6 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season, an increase of four percent from the 94.8 million people who traveled last year. This upward trend marks the highest forecast growth rate for the year-end holiday season since 2009 and the highest travel volume for the holiday period on record. (AAA data dates back to 2001.) The year-end holiday period is defined as Tuesday, December 23 to Sunday, January 4.
Source: World Property Journal

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.

Intersection located in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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

As the holiday season continues, communities and safety organizations remain dedicated to promoting safe driving techniques nationwide. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) member State Highway Safety Offices, for example, are working with law enforcement officials and other community partners to keep impaired drivers off the roads.

Their efforts to enhance safe and sober driving is especially important during the holiday season, for it is one of the most dangerous time of year on the roads. With millions of people on the road and unpredictable winter weather conditions, motorists are already at great risk while they travel to their holiday destinations. Adding impaired drivers to the dangerous and congested roads can turn the situation from risky to fatal.

During the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which lasts from December 10-31st, more than 800 people lose their lives in vehicle crashes involving a drunk driver. According to GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins, impaired driving contributes to one-third of all highway fatalities.

Though the primary focus of the safety programs is to reduce drunk driving, another growing issue the GHSA is working to address is drug-impaired driving. In attempt to decrease the number of injuries caused by drug-impaired driving, GHSA is working with states to provide research and recommendations on how to prevent it.

Whether it is from alcohol or drugs, or a combination of the two, driving under the influence puts the driver and other motorists on the road in danger, stressed Adkins.

The holiday season is a time for love and celebration, but it is also a time for caution and safety so that everyone can enjoy it. With millions of people on the road traveling long and short distances to spend time with family and friends, we need to be extra careful.

For tips on safe driving this holiday season, check out AAA’s Winter Driving Tips here.

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.

GHSA: States Urge Motorists to Stay Safe and Drive Sober During the Holidays
Across the country, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) member State Highway Safety Offices are working with law enforcement officials and other community partners to keep impaired drivers off the roads this holiday season.
Source: GHSA

Denver, Colorado’s City Council Votes to Extend Red-Light Safety Camera Program
Denver, Colorado’s city council on Monday night cleared the way for more safety cameras in the future. Monday’s vote extends the contract for the red-light safety camera program for six months through June 30.
Source: CBS Local

Crashes Feared in Ohio as Red-Light Safety Cameras Go
Red-light safety cameras that have flashed at wayward motorists for years at 38 intersections in Columbus, Ohio soon will come down. What happens after, though, worries the city. Right-angle crashes at city intersections equipped with red-light safety cameras dropped by about 73 percent through 2012 — the last year for which data were available — and the numbers are expected to return to their pre-camera levels after they’re removed, said George Speaks, director of the Department of Public Safety.
Source: The Columbus Dispatch

Texas County Re-Signs Contract for Red-Light Safety Cameras
Willis City Council in Texas gave the go-ahead Tuesday night to renew its current deal to keep red-light safety cameras in place at major intersections.
Source: The Courier

AAA: Winter Driving Safety Tips to Get You to Your Destination Safely
Most people will be traveling this winter to visit friends and family, or to go on a vacation to get away from it all.  Before you leave, be prepared and be armed with some new driving knowledge – as well as some reminders – from AAA.  Always exercise caution, and remember – if the roads are that bad, adjust your plans and go later, or stay at home and stay safe.  As AAA says, even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can!
Source: AAA