Category: Colorado

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.

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

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.

Sidewalks Closed at Site of Pedestrian Fatality
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a car while walking in the center lane of a major roadway in Pasco County, Florida. According to residents who live nearby, construction near the highway makes it difficult to use the sidewalks and many pedestrians are forced to walk on the road. One local walker says some sidewalks have been closed as long as seven or eight months.
Source: WTSP

Colorado City Extends Red-Light Safety Camera Program
The city of Aurora, Colorado is planning to extend its red-light safety camera program for another two years. The city council is moving forward based on the favorable results of a study of the program, which has determined that it is effective in changing driver behavior and reducing collisions and injuries. In 2013, Aurora’s red-light safety camera program mailed 61,283 tickets.
Source: 7News Denver

NYC Council Votes to Penalize Hit-and-Run Drivers
Hit-and-run drivers will face new civil penalties under a bill unanimously passed Tuesday by the New York City Council. Drivers who leave the scene of a collision knowing that they damaged someone’s property can be fined up to $500. Drivers who injure a person will be fined up to $2,000; those who cause serious injuries or death will be fined up to $10,000. The fines in the bill fall on top of any criminal charges and any monetary damages that might be assessed after a civil court cases. It’s currently a crime for drivers to leave the scene of a crash.
Source: Transportation Nation

Red-Light Safety Camera Program Reducing Collisions in Florida Town
The city council in Clearwater, Florida is looking to expand its red-light safety program based on the successes of existing cameras. Statistics at the two intersections monitored by red-light safety cameras show a decrease in both the number of citations issued and collisions. Based on those statistics, the city believes the program is working and driver behavior has improved.
Source: Bay News 9

Minnesota Pilot Program Helps Truckers Combat Drowsy Driving
A new pilot program from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the University of Minnesota aims to give truckers real-time information about where they can safely pull off the road and rest. The program consists of signs near three rest areas that tell truckers how many parking spaces are available. Federal regulations limit truckers to a maximum 70-hour workweek, a 14-hour workday and no more than 11 hours of driving in a single day.
Source: The Star Tribune

                                                                   

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.

NYC Traffic Fatality Toll Reaches 100
The number of traffic deaths in New York City this year has already reached 100, according to WNYC’s running tally. Of the 100 people killed in city traffic in 2014, nearly half were pedestrians and five were cyclists. In an effort to combat the traffic fatality issue, the city has made changes at specific intersections, created new slow zones, and lowered the speed limit on a number of arterial roadways. The New York Police Department is also ramping up enforcement of the most dangerous moving violations.
Source: Transportation Nation

School Bus Safety Cameras Catch 70 Violators in Ohio Town
More than 70 people have been fined for illegally passing school buses during this first year of the school bus safety camera program in Lancaster, Ohio. The program was designed to improve safety for students getting on and off buses. The problem of illegally passing school buses was made evident during a 16-day period in April 2012 when bus drivers reported 88 violations, as many as eight in one day.
Source: The Lancaster Eagle-Gazette

Colorado Town Uses Data to Enhance Road and Community Safety
The town of Lakewood, Colorado has launched a new initiative called Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) to reduce auto crashes and put a damper on criminal activity. The effort, sponsored in part by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, relies on crime and accident data to identify “hot spots” in a community. It then saturates that area with police to deter crime and help shape better behavior patterns among motorists and others.
Source: The Denver Post

California Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Red-Light Safety Cameras
The California Supreme Court has ruled that images captured by red-light safety cameras are valid evidence against drivers who run red lights. The decision ruled that pictures by safety cameras can be legally presumed as accurate unless proven otherwise. As a result of the court’s decision, there will likely be a resurgence in the use of red-light safety cameras across California.
Source: Yahoo! News

Fatal Crash Highlights Danger of Tired Truck Drivers
A New Jersey highway crash that severely injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian is drawing attention to the dangers of tired truckers just as the industry is poised to roll back safety rules on drivers’ work schedules. A proposed change to federal regulations backed by the trucking industry and opposed by safety advocates would effectively let drivers put in as many as 82 hours a week behind the wheel. The current limit is either 60 hours or 70 hours a week, depending on the kind of company employing the driver. Nearly 4,000 people die in large truck crashes each year, and driver fatigue is a leading factor, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety administration.
Source: The Associated Press

                                                                   

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.

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Intersection located in Boulder, CO.

 

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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