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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.

Florida Red-Light Safety Camera Catches Hit and Run in Action
A red-light camera in Brooksville, Florida captured a traffic infraction, and not for simply exceeding the city’s 5 mph speed limit for right-on-red turns, but for a hit and run that resulted from him running the red light seconds after it had turned red.

Source: Hernando Today

Councilwoman Drafts Legislation to Increase Traffic Safety in New York City After Recent Spate of Pedestrian Deaths
From the two-month period of August to October, four older pedestrians walking in and around the Lower East Side/Chinatown environs in New York City were hit and killed by motor vehicles. Pretty staggering. Half of those collisions transpired a few blocks apart on Canal Street; there were also fatal accidents in the intersections of South and Rutgers as well as Kenmare and Elizabeth. Councilwoman Chin is drafting legislation to address traffic safety concerns along Canal in response.
Source: Bowery Boogie

New Campus Safety Initiative Launches at the University of Texas
UTPD and Parking and Transportation Services are looking to promote cooperation between different modes of transportation on University of Texas’ campus with a new safety initiative. The initiative, launched last week with help from Student Government and the Office of the Dean of Students, aims to raise awareness of campus safety issues for pedestrians, bikers, carts, buses and vehicles. The campaign includes a website, safety booklets for bicyclists and signs encouraging students to share the road around campus.
Source: Daily Texan Online

Iowa School Board Approves School Bus Safety Cameras
A school board in Iowa recently passed a motion to implement cameras on stop arms of all buses. This is to help bus drivers to better focus on driving safety so that they can attentively check mirrors as children are entering and exiting. Previously drivers would have to do their best to write down the make, model and license plate of the illegally passing vehicle to report it.
Source: Pilot Tribune

Grant to Help Police in California with Traffic Safety
The Manteca Police Department has been awarded a $133,000 grant for a yearlong program of traffic enforcement and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries. Plans for the funds, from the California Office of Traffic Safety, are for both enforcement operations and education, according to a news release from the department.
Source: The Record

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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.

 

Bloomberg Funds Road Safety in World Cities
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s philanthropic organization will donate $125 million over the next five years to programs to reduce traffic deaths and injuries in 10 cities in low- and middle-income countries. Traffic fatalities are a major cause of preventable death globally—in the top 10 with killers such as heart disease and HIV/AIDS. Bloomberg’s foundation plans to help promote tougher drunken-driving laws, train traffic police and improve seat-belt use in urban areas.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Virginia County Approves Use of School Bus Stop Arm Cameras
Drivers in Arlington, Virginia who speed past school buses when their flashing red stop signs are extended will soon be caught on camera and fined $250. The Arlington County board approved a policy on Tuesday night to install high-resolution cameras on the “stop arms” of school buses to catch drivers who don’t stop to protect children.
Source: ARLnow

7 Simple Ways to Make Every City Friendlier to Pedestrians
It’s difficult to retrofit existing cities and suburbs for pedestrian ease and safety if redevelopment projects don’t present an opportunity to change up the infrastructure, but small-scale interventions can make a difference. “There are ways to get better. You don’t have to go right from suburbia to Manhattan in one fell swoop,” says Benjamin Grant, an urban design program manager at SPUR who helped write the guidelines. “There are steps you can take to improve the walkability of the environment in modest ways that have a real impact on the ground.” An article from Wired present seven tips for improving pedestrian safety in any city.
Source: WIRED

New Jersey Poll: Red-light Safety Cameras Should Stay
New Jersey residents appear to want red-light safety cameras to stick around, according to a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll. Of those polled, 58 percent want the cameras to either continue to be used in a limited capacity or to be expanded to every municipality in the state, while only 39 percent do not want the five-year pilot program to be continued when it expires at the end of the year.
Source: app.com

 LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Wants to End Pedestrian Death
Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, released a report that looks toward ending all pedestrian-related deaths, improving safety around public schools and changing the timing of streetlights to account for the amount of time it takes people to cross streets. Among the proposals are increased use of technology to help motorists find parking spaces, a major investment in the Automatic Traffic and Surveillance Control street signal program, promoting the use of bicycles around the city and expanded bus services to encourage people to get out of their cars.
Source: Los Angeles Daily 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 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.

New Survey: America’s Rudest Drivers Are in Idaho
A new survey from Insure.com has found that Idaho has the “rudest” drivers. The survey asked two thousand drivers which states they felt had the rudest motorists; many answers were influences by the geography of the respondents. The most common causes for complaint were drivers talking on their phones, tailgating, not signaling, weaving through lanes and speeding.
Source: Wired  

Editorial Board Supports Safety Benefits of Automated Traffic Enforcement in D.C.
The Washington Post recently posted an editorial espousing the increased safety that has resulted from red-light and speed safety cameras in the District of Columbia. D.C.’s population has increased by 13 percent in the last ten years, but traffic collisions have dropped by more than 70 percent and injuries have decreased by one-third. According to the editorial board, “The widespread and consistent enforcement of traffic laws made possible by photo enforcement has caused drivers to slow down in the District and obey the rules.”
Source: The Washington Post

Parents Lacking Knowledge of When to Move Children Out of Booster Seats
Nearly 9 in 10 parents are moving their children from booster seats to a seatbelt before they reach the recommended height, according to a new study from Safe Kids Worldwide. For years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the American Academy of Pediatrics have recommended that children ride buckled up in car seats or booster seats until they’re 57 inches tall and weigh between 80 and 100 pounds. However, the survey finds that 7 in 10 parents of children ages 4-10 are unaware of the height recommendation.
Source: USA Today

New Speed Safety Cameras Operating in Five Long Island School Districts
Speed safety cameras began operating in five new school districts in Nassau County, New York, bringing the total number of fixed and mobile speed safety camera locations to 23. By the end of the year, the county expects to install cameras in all 56 districts.
Source: Newsday

New California Law Requires Drivers to Give Space to Bicyclists
In California, a new law has taken effect requiring drivers to give bicyclists three feet of space when they pass them on the road. Prior to this law, there had been no clearly defined passing distance. The law applies to any place a vehicle passes a bicyclist, regardless of whether there’s a bike lane in the road. If there’s not enough room for a driver to give three feet of space, they must first slow down before safely passing.
Source: KPCC

                                                                   

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.

AAA Predicts 29.7 Million Americans Will Drive Over Labor Day Weekend
AAA has projected that 29.7 million Americans will likely hit the road between Thursday and Monday this Labor Day weekend. The prediction is 1.4 percent higher than Labor Day 2013 and the highest number of road travelers since 2008. AAA attributes the increase in drivers to the timing of the holiday (the travel period begins in August) and increased consumer confidence.
Source: The Car Connection

Chicago Area Police Credit Red-Light Safety Cameras for Reduction in Collisions
According to law enforcement in Orland Park, Illinois, collisions have declined at intersections with red-light safety cameras in the six years since they were installed. Police touted 40 to 50 percent reductions in crashes in lanes monitored by red-light safety cameras when compared to the three years prior to the cameras’ installation.
Source: The Chicago Tribune

New Report: $530 Million in Highway Safety Funds Remain Unspent
A new report from the Transportation Department’s Office of Inspector General has found that states have not spent $538.8 million in grants awarded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) between 2006 and 2012. States get grant funds to have extra road patrols during congested holidays or to run ads warning drivers not to drink and drive or to wear seat belts. NHTSA plans to send new guidance to states on using highway safety grants and will conduct reviews by next year on state’s unused funds.
Source: The Detroit News

Washington State School District Installs School Bus Stop Arm Cameras
Bethel School District in Pierce County, Washington will install school bus stop arm cameras next month. The cameras will catch drivers who fail to stop when school bus stop signs are deployed. A Bethel school bus driver has said that he sees someone blow by his stop sign every day. The cameras will give school bus drivers one less thing to worry about while transporting children.
Source: KIRO

California Highway Patrol Cracks Down on Distracted Driving
In an effort to save lives and eliminate distracted driving around school zones, the California Highway Patrol is saturating school zones in the central division. The “Operation No Cell Phones Around Schools” effort is focused on the number one killer of teens in America—reckless and distracted driving. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Source: Taft Midway Driller

                                                                   

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.

Lake County California to Host Free “Start Smart” Traffic Safety Class
The Clear Lake Area California Highway Patrol (CHP) is offering a free “Start Smart” traffic safety class for teenage drivers and their parents/guardians.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that the leading cause of death for American teens is motor vehicle collisions. The CHP’s goal is to reduce the death rate among teenagers as a result of these collisions.
Source: Lake County News

Speed Safety Cameras Issue 1.25 Million Warnings in Chicago and Reduce Speeding by 43%
The City of Chicago has 51 speed safety cameras in place.  The 11-month-old speed safety camera program has issued more than 1.25 million warnings and the number of speeding cars observed by the cameras has dropped 43 percent since the first week of its operation.  At some locations, the number of speeders has dropped by 99 percent.  The city now plans to install 12 more cameras later this year.
Source: Streets Blog: Chicago

Vermont Sets Lower and Consistent Speed Limit Along Route 4
Vermont is set to reduce speed limits along Route 4 to smooth out changes in speed and to give drivers more time to react in emergencies.  All zones will be reduced to 45 mph along the 23-mile stretch. Five people died in accidents along Route 4 between Bridgewater and Hartford in the first half of 2013, prompting Gov. Peter Shumlin to implement a number of safety measures for the highway, including an increased police presence and the installation of rumble strips along the center line.
Source: Valley News

Upgrading Signal Heads in Nashville, GA to Improve Traffic Safety
Nashville is upgrading their signal heads to improve the efficiency and safety of traffic flow by the end of September at three major intersections.  The new signal heads will have brighter LED lights so that they are more visible by cars and more energy efficient.  The biggest improvement is the new system that will wirelessly control the lights.  The system will be able to detect oncoming traffic approaching the intersection.
Source: WFXL

Mississippi School District Bus Arm Safety Cameras Catch 7 Cars Passing School Buses
Lamar County School District in Mississippi has bus arm safety cameras in 21 school buses.  This school year, the cameras caught seven cars passing a stopped school bus and the school has reported the names and license plate numbers to the Lamar County Justice Court.  The school board president, Mike Pruitt, stated that the cameras are making the rides safer for students and acts as a major deterrent.
Source: Hattiesburg American

                                                           

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

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