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This Independence Day, thousands of drivers will hit the road as Americans celebrate summer with family and friends. Unfortunately, the influx of cars on our streets leads to dangerous driving as people rush to get to their vacation destinations, including red-light running, speeding, and aggressive behavior. NCSR encourages all drivers to slow down, obey traffic signals and buckle up as we head into the holiday weekend.

Data from NCSR’s Safer Roads Report 2014: Trends in Red-Light Running finds that July 4th ranked as the second riskiest holiday for drivers across the country when it comes to red-light running – with more than 38,690 violations issued over the holiday travel period last year. Of the summer holidays, Independence Day came in a close second behind Memorial Day and ranked higher than Labor Day.

In nine states – California, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, New York, Tennessee and Virginia – the 4th of July travel period ranked as the riskiest red-light running holiday of 2013.

The second biannual Safer Roads Report 2014: Trends in Red-Light Running, released in May, examines red-light running trends using data collected from 2,216 red-light safety cameras across 202 areas in 20 states. The report is designed to help raise driver awareness of the dangers of red-light running. Overall, the report found that more than 3.5 million drivers in 20 states ran a red-light last year.

Regardless of where you live, red-light running, speeding and distracted driving will cause problems over the holiday weekend. Please stay alert and drive safely to your destination!

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 York City Police Writing More Violations for Dangerous Driving
New York City police are writing more tickets citywide for the most serious traffic violations, according to a new WNYC analysis of police ticketing data. In 55 of the city’s 75 precincts, officers wrote more tickets in the first quarter of the year, when compared to the start of last year. The tickets covered six key dangerous driving categories: using a cell phone while driving, disobeying a sign, failing to stop at a signal, making an improper turn, not giving right of way to a pedestrian, and speeding. Overall, ticketing in those categories was up across the city: 89,868 tickets in 2013, compared to 100,172 in 2014.
Source: Transportation Nation

Pennsylvania Residents Ask Town to Install Red-Light Safety Cameras
A group of residents in State College, Pennsylvania are hoping to make the streets a little safer. They want the town to install cameras at certain intersections to crack down on drivers who are running red lights. The residents are asking for the public’s help to get them installed by signing a petition in support of red-light safety cameras.
Source: WJAC

New Report: Bikers and Pedestrians Make for Healthier Cities
A new report from the Alliance for Biking and Walking finds that levels of obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes are lower in cities where a higher percentage of commuters bicycle or walk to work, and cities where drivers get used to sharing the road with bikers and walkers generally have lower rates of pedestrian and bike fatalities. The report dispels the notion that more bicyclists and pedestrians on the roads lead to more crash deaths involving bikers and walkers. It finds that cities and states that have higher biking and walking rates also have lower fatality rates for bikers and walkers than cities where fewer people bike and walk.
Source: KING5

Delaware’s Red-Light Safety Cameras Continue to Reduce Collisions
Delaware’s red-light safety cameras continue to reduce the frequency of dangerous crashes at 30 intersections statewide, according to the state’s annual report on the program. DelDOT has seen an average 29 percent drop in red-light-running crashes since monitoring began and an average 47 percent drop in the most severe type of crashes where the impact occurs at an angle.
Source: The News Journal

Seattle Uses Childhood Cartoon Characters to Promote Road Safety
Seattle officials have launched “Be Super Safe Seattle,” a program that combines cartoons and law enforcement efforts. The videos feature cartoon superheroes such as Scooby Doo, Spider-Man, and Batman, who educate the public on risky behavior such as speeding, distraction, and impairment.

Impaired driving is a factor in almost half (48%) of all fatal collisions in the city, according to Be Super Safe Seattle. Speeding is a factor in 42%, and distracted driving is at 22%. In combination with videos, the Seattle Police Department plans to use several emphasis patrols that will improve safety by handing out fliers to help drive home their message.
Source: KOMO

                                                                   

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.

Holidays Pose Increased Road Dangers
A new analysis by a University of Alabama researcher finds that the days just before Christmas bring an increased risk of vehicle collisions. According to the study, the six-day period that includes Christmas had 18% more crashes than the Thanksgiving period and 27% more than the period around New Year’s Day. In addition, a recent online survey for MADD found that 73% of adults 21 and older had been at an event and seen someone try to drive home after drinking too much. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 1,091 were killed in DUI collisions between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve last year.
Source: USA Today

Road Collisions Named Biggest Threat to Americans’ Safety Abroad
A new study in the journal Injury Prevention finds that more Americans died from road collisions than homicide or terrorist events abroad between 2003 and 2009. The report measures deaths-per-one-million-visits to a country by American travelers and U.S. State Department data shows a total of 5,417 unnatural deaths among Americans abroad during the six-year study period. More Americans died from road crashes in all of the 160 countries surveyed than from homicides, with the exception of the Philippines. Thailand topped the list of traffic fatalities with 16.5 deaths per million visits, followed by Vietnam, with 15 fatal road accidents per million visits.
Source: The Chicago Tribune

New York Municipality Pursues Red-Light Safety Camera Program
City of Tonawanda officials are proposing to install cameras at three dangerous intersections that are difficult for police to patrol. The six cameras – one each in the south and northbound directions – could be installed as early as March if the timeline proceeds as planned. Officials hope to improve public safety by using camera technology.
Source: The Buffalo News

Wilmington Red-Light Safety Camera Footage Illustrates Dangers of Red-Light Running
Red-light safety cameras in Wilmington have captured the dangers of vehicles running red lights and crashing into other cars. Footage released by American Traffic Solutions (below) highlights the importance of stopping on red in Delaware. Red-light running collisions at New Centre & Market have fallen by 87 percent and there has also been a 67 percent decrease in T-bone accidents at 23rd and Market Streets, according to a May 2013 report.

Source: WNCN

New Florida Technology to Free Up Traffic and Increase Road Safety
Florida, along with a handful of other states, is at the forefront of a national effort to create a system that allows vehicles to wirelessly communicate with each other and the streets and roads around them. Vehicle information would be sent to a traffic command center that predicts and prevents traffic slowdowns based on that information and, in turn, relays traffic and safety warnings to vehicles. As the technology involved becomes more accessible and affordable, these programs are increasingly viable on the state and local level.
Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

                                                                               

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 Mind-Powered System to Help Combat Distracted Driving
Emotiv has developed a road safety system that automatically slows vehicle acceleration when the driver exhibits signs of distraction. The company’s headset uses sensors to measure the electrical signals in the brain. The system was setup so that that as soon as any of measures of inattention are sensed, the car slows its acceleration. When attention returns, the car speeds back up. The project is an initiative commissioned by the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia designed to raise public awareness about distracted driving.
Source: Wired UK

Dayton Statistics Show Red-Light Safety Cameras Are Working
Officials in Dayton, Ohio have new data that prove red-light safety cameras are making roads safer. In 2005, when the cameras were first installed in the city, 21,315 violations were issued. In 2012, the number of notices dropped to 6,834 – which equates to 15,000 fewer instances of red-light running. In addition, officials say the number of accidents has dropped from 6,599 to 4,311.
Source: WDTN

Adult Children Avoid Taking Keys Away From Aging Parents
According to a new survey from Liberty Mutual, 55 percent adult children of senior drivers say they are concerned about their parents’ driving habits. But only 23% have had a discussion with their parents about driving abilities as they age. In fact, adults ages 40-65 are more concerned about aging parents’ driving than they are about family members driving while intoxicated. In 2011, 17% of all traffic deaths in the U.S. involved people 65 and older, a group that made up 13% of the overall population, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Source: USA Today

Delaware Officials Show Red-Light Safety Cameras Improving Safety
Delaware transportation officials say red light cameras have made intersections safer. Red-light running crashes are down 29% and dangerous T-bone crashes have decreased by 47%, according to DelDOT. Red light cameras were first installed in 2004 and are now operating at about 30 of the state’s most dangerous intersections. The Delaware Department of Transportation has also produced a new video which shows how intersections are chosen for the red light camera program.
Source: WDEL-AM

University of Minnesota Awarded $10M to Improve Midwest Road Safety
Researchers at the University of Minnesota will lead a project focused on improving safety on the roads in the Midwest. The Center for Transportation Studies at the university is now being called the Region Five Center for Roadway Safety Solutions. The region includes Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. The center was awarded more than $10 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct research.
Source: KSTP

                                                                               

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