Category: Arizona

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 Tucson, Arizona.

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.

Intersection located in Mesa, Arizona.

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.

Intersection located in Tucson, Arizona.

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

This morning, National Coalition for Safer Roads launched an interactive Red-Light Running Fatality Map, which showcases the 7,799 red-light running fatalities that happened throughout the United States between 2004-2013, according to recent NHTSA data, and the very intersections where they occurred. The map also shows the top ten most dangerous U.S. cities for red light running.
The fatalities are mapped to the city and state that each incident occurred, all the way down to the actual intersection where someone’s life was taken by a collision involving red-light running. Through its search function, the map allows viewers the opportunity to find out how many red-light running fatalities occurred in a particular city.

With the map, NCSR is encouraging people who have been personally affected and lost loved ones in these types of traffic collisions to share their stories on NCSR’s Facebook page.

In addition, NCSR hopes to mobilize others across the nation to share the map on social media, change their profile pictures to the Stop on Red icon and pledge to Stop on Red by signing the petition. They are also asking people to show their support via social media using the hashtag #StoponRed2015.

 

For more information about NCSR’s Stop on Red Week daily activities and ways you can get involved, visit www.StopOnRedWeek.com.

TEMPE, AZ–(Marketwired – February 03, 2015) – Red Means Stop, a leading advocacy group for red-light running related victims and safety advocates is calling on the Arizona Senate to reject legislation that could compromise safety and increase crash related costs in Arizona. Senate Bill 1167 would prevent police and sheriff’s departments from using red-light and speed safety cameras. Without these traffic enforcement tools, the number of dangerous collisions will increase, raising costs to communities and needlessly endangering innocent children and adults. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, in 2013 traffic related collisions were responsible for nearly $3 billion in economic losses.

“Reducing the incidence of crashes on our highways and saving lives should be a high priority for our elected officials,” said Howard Fleischmann, President of the Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance. “Taking a successful tool away from law enforcement is counterproductive.”

Nearly one Arizonan a day died in speed and red-light running related crashes in 2013, according to the latest figures from the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration. If a virus were claiming lives at this rate, preventive methods would be implemented without hesitation. Red-light and speed safety cameras are preventive measures.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently quantified the benefits of red-light and speed safety cameras at the state level. A fully implemented red-light and speed safety camera program in Arizona would prevent 49 fatalities and reduce the number of injuries by 4,128. This reduction translates to a financial benefit to Arizona of more than $166 million annually in avoided costs of: medical, emergency services, market productivity, household productivity, insurance administration, workplace costs, legal costs, travel delays and property damage.

The CDC’s Motor Vehicle Prioritizing Interventions and Cost Calculator for States, is built specifically for state decision-makers. It recommends the best mix of safety devices based on their cost-effectiveness and capacity to prevent the most injuries and save the most lives. Visit http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/calculator/index.html.

In Arizona, red-light and or speed safety cameras are in use in Chandler, El Mirage, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Star Valley, and Tucson. Safety improvements to date, include:

  • Collisions decreased nearly 68% at intersections in Tucson with red-light safety cameras from 188 in fiscal year 2006, the last year without cameras, to 61 collisions in 2014.
  • Since 2007, the City of Mesa has seen a 35% decrease in serious injury collisions at monitored approaches.
  • In September 2013, the City of Phoenix released data comparing calendar year 2007-2009 versus calendar year 2011-2012, the data indicated that Phoenix’s red light photo-enforcement program had:
    • Decreased the number of collisions that were a result of a red-light violation by 47.1% at photo-enforced intersections.
    • Decreased the number of collisions involving injury or death that were a result of a red-light violation by 60%.

No one should die or be injured on our streets. This bill puts drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians at risk. Red-light running and speeding are problems in Arizona. If you don’t believe it, watch the video at http://youtu.be/XmTht_1ieDc. It is a chilling reminder of the dangers of speeding and red-light running.

About Red Means Stop:

The Red Means Stop Coalition is the only known grassroots organization of its kind in the United States. Our long-term goal is to have the message about the dangers and consequences of red light running spread throughout the country until red light running is significantly reduced everywhere. For more information visit www.redmeansstop.org.

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