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
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