Category: News

The Safety Street weekly news roundup brings together a mix of road safety and transportation stories from around the web. It is published weekly on Safety Street and is available on Twitter via @SaferRoadsUSA.

Iowa Transportation Experts Talk Camera Enforcement and Other Road Safety Measures
The University of Iowa Public Policy Center’s vehicle safety research director, Dan McGehee, and Shauna Hallmark, associate director at the Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University, join Iowa Public Radio host, Ben Kieffer to discuss transportation safety. In addition to exploring red-light safety cameras in Iowa cities and towns, they discuss increased installations of roundabouts, driving in snowy and rainy weather, texting while driving, the usage of headlights and blinkers, and crashes on rural roads.
Source: Iowa Public Radio

Fines from Red-Light Runners May Fund 24/7 Anti-Crime Patrols
Hudson County Freeholder Bill O’Dea of Jersey City is making the most of red-light safety cameras in his community. O’Dea has requested that the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office use camera violation funds to implement a permanent anti-crime patrol along the perimeters of a local park.
Source: The Jersey Journal

Red-Light Running Crashes Down Since Cameras Installed, Data Shows
Collier County in Florida notes that crashes caused by red-light runners have gone down locally since red-light safety cameras went up. In the three years after the county installed the cameras, there were about 25 percent fewer crashes caused by red-light runners than in the three years before, according to statistics from the Sheriff’s Office.
Source: Naples Daily News

Knoxville Implements Four New Red-Light Safety Cameras
Four intersections in Knoxville are set to receive red-light safety cameras. The new systems will be installed over the next few weeks as Knoxville Police Department plans to alert the public of the cameras and allow for a grace period before violations are issued.
Source: WBIR-TV Knoxville, TN

LETTER: Montgomery County Should Embrace Red-Light Cameras
The Executive Director of EMStar Ambulance in Pennsylvania voices his support for red-light safety cameras, noting the harsh reality his paramedics witness firsthand at the scene of traffic collisions.
Source: The Times Herald, Montgomery County, PA

 

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 Wednesday morning on Safety Street and is available on Twitter via @SaferRoadsUSA.

New York Magazine: Global Traffic Trends Making Urban Streets Safer
New York Magazine takes a look at technologies and methods that are improving roadway safety across the world. From pedestrian-sensitive traffic signals to bike boxes and raised crosswalks, cities across the globe are turning to innovation to make their streets safer.
Source: New York Magazine

Melissa Wandall: Drivers Think It’s Their ‘Right’ to Run Red Lights
NCSR’s Melissa Wandall opens up about the loss of her husband in a red-light running collision, the reason she became an advocate for road safety, and the real dangers of not stopping on red.
Source: InsuranceQuotes.com

Department of Transportation: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” This Holiday Season
The U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood aims to remind everyone to be smart and safe on the roads this holiday season with a new holiday campaign “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”. In the last two weeks of December 2011, 395 people were killed in alcohol related crashes.
Source: Fast Lane: Official Blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation

School Bus Cameras to Catch Negligent Drivers in Georgia Community
The Houston County Board of Commissioners in Georgia approved an agreement Tuesday that paves the way for installation of cameras on school buses to catch drivers who ignore bus stop signals. The decision to implement school bus cameras in their community comes from great concern for the mass amount of motorists who pass buses when the stop sign is out and children are loading or unloading.
Source: The Telegraph – Macon, GA  

New Automated Traffic Enforcement Cameras Coming to County in Iowa
Polk County in Iowa has taken a step towards safer streets with the decision to bring automated enforcement cameras to their streets. The County’s new cameras will likely appear on roads in spring of next year.  To keep the community informed, a weekly notice about the camera locations is expected to be released to the public.
Source: KCCI NewsChannel 8 – Des Moines, IA  

 

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 Wednesday morning on Safety Street and is available on Twitter via @SaferRoadsUSA.

IIHS Status Report on Highway Safety — Guidelines for Successful Camera Enforcement
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently released their latest Status Report covering research and topics in the highway safety field. In this issue, IIHS points to a report by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) that provides guidance on how to set up and operate effective camera programs.
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

A Mayor’s Perspective: Red-Light Cameras are Making New Jersey’s Streets Safer, Driver by Driver
Linden, N.J. Mayor Richard Gerbounka has taken a stand in support of red-light safety cameras in New Jersey. In a recent opinion piece, Gerbounka highlights program successes and key findings from a report recently released by the New Jersey Department of Transportation on the state of the camera pilot program. Notably, the number of red-light violations decreased by 50 percent after one year of camera operation, proving that drivers in New Jersey are positively changing their behavior.
Source: NewJerseyNewsroom.com

Expansion of Red-Light Safety Camera Program for County with Second-Highest Number of Traffic Fatalities in Maryland
A Maryland county is on track to expand its successful red-light safety camera program. Prince George’s County — second-highest in Maryland for traffic fatalities — will study accident statistics, traffic trends, pedestrian presence and school zones to determine locations for the new cameras. The first of the new cameras will be implemented by May 2013, with seventy-two cameras total set to be operational by the end of 2014.
Source: WTOP Radio – Washington, D.C.

Ohio TV Station Launches Independent Investigation on Yellow Light Times at Intersections with Cameras
A local Columbus, Ohio, television station is investigating the timing of yellow lights at community intersections with red-light safety cameras. The three intersections tested all passed, proving the times are not shortened at these intersections. In addition to 10TV’s findings, the city of Columbus provided a statewide survey that shows red-light safety cameras led to a 74 percent drop in t-bone type crashes at intersections with cameras, demonstrating that the Columbus cameras help make the roads safer. Watch the segment here.
Source: WBNS-10TV Columbus, Ohio

New Camera Program in Florida Sees Safety Benefits as Red-Light Running Declines
A new red-light safety camera program launched August 2012 in Clearwater, Fla. is already seeing the proven safety benefits at intersections. Since the cameras went up, red-light running violations have been on a steady decline — 1145 violations in August to 807 violations in November. This decrease in the dangerous behavior of red-light running shows that awareness of the cameras is rising and drivers are adapting to safer habits accordingly.
Source: Clearwater, Fla. Patch

 

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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