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.
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.