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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.

 

Bloomberg Funds Road Safety in World Cities
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s philanthropic organization will donate $125 million over the next five years to programs to reduce traffic deaths and injuries in 10 cities in low- and middle-income countries. Traffic fatalities are a major cause of preventable death globally—in the top 10 with killers such as heart disease and HIV/AIDS. Bloomberg’s foundation plans to help promote tougher drunken-driving laws, train traffic police and improve seat-belt use in urban areas.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Virginia County Approves Use of School Bus Stop Arm Cameras
Drivers in Arlington, Virginia who speed past school buses when their flashing red stop signs are extended will soon be caught on camera and fined $250. The Arlington County board approved a policy on Tuesday night to install high-resolution cameras on the “stop arms” of school buses to catch drivers who don’t stop to protect children.
Source: ARLnow

7 Simple Ways to Make Every City Friendlier to Pedestrians
It’s difficult to retrofit existing cities and suburbs for pedestrian ease and safety if redevelopment projects don’t present an opportunity to change up the infrastructure, but small-scale interventions can make a difference. “There are ways to get better. You don’t have to go right from suburbia to Manhattan in one fell swoop,” says Benjamin Grant, an urban design program manager at SPUR who helped write the guidelines. “There are steps you can take to improve the walkability of the environment in modest ways that have a real impact on the ground.” An article from Wired present seven tips for improving pedestrian safety in any city.
Source: WIRED

New Jersey Poll: Red-light Safety Cameras Should Stay
New Jersey residents appear to want red-light safety cameras to stick around, according to a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll. Of those polled, 58 percent want the cameras to either continue to be used in a limited capacity or to be expanded to every municipality in the state, while only 39 percent do not want the five-year pilot program to be continued when it expires at the end of the year.
Source: app.com

 LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Wants to End Pedestrian Death
Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, released a report that looks toward ending all pedestrian-related deaths, improving safety around public schools and changing the timing of streetlights to account for the amount of time it takes people to cross streets. Among the proposals are increased use of technology to help motorists find parking spaces, a major investment in the Automatic Traffic and Surveillance Control street signal program, promoting the use of bicycles around the city and expanded bus services to encourage people to get out of their cars.
Source: Los Angeles Daily News

                                                           

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

A new report from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) finds that the state’s red-light safety camera program has turned out positive results for the third straight year. The report’s trends show that camera enforcement is saving lives and improving driver behavior. As a result, NJDOT has recommended that the red-light safety camera program be extended at the end of the year. Below are the top five findings from this year’s report.

  1. For the two locations that have had red-light safety cameras for three years, right angle crashes have decreased 86 percent and rear-end collisions have declined by 58 percent since cameras were installed. Total crashes are down 72 percent and citations have decreased by 83 percent.
  2. Considering the crash, severity and citation data, both annually and over the three year period, camera technology is improving driver behavior as a viable safety tool at these two intersections intersections.
  3. For the 22 locations that have had red-light safety cameras for two years, right angle crashes have decreased 60 percent and rear-end collisions have declined by seven percent since cameras were installed. Total crashes are down 27 percent and citations have decreased by 61 percent.
  4. For the 23 intersections that have had red-light safety cameras for one year, right angle crashes have decreased 15 percent and rear-end collisions have declined by three percent since cameras were installed. Total crashes are down five percent and citations have decreased by 31 percent.
  5. Adding the severity costs for each operational year, right-angle crash costs at all camera intersections have decreased by more than $1.5 million and rear-end crash costs have decreased by nearly $1.7 million, resulting in a combined net public benefit of more than $3.2 million for the program through December 31, 2012.

Statewide, support remains high for red-light safety cameras, according to a new survey by AAA that found 56% of 1,000 polled motorists favor red-light cameras to penalize red-light runners. Additionally, NCSR has collected more than 17,400 signatures from New Jersey residents on its petition supporting the use of red-light safety cameras at dangerous intersections in the state. By signing the petition, New Jersey residents have shown strong support for the life-saving technology as a tool to keep their roadways safe.

At a time when New Jersey’s red-light safety cameras have come under attack from radical state legislators, residents have spoken loudly in support of using the technology to keep roadways and loved ones safe. NCSR has collected more than 12,300 signatures from New Jersey residents on a petition supporting the use of red-light safety cameras at dangerous intersections in the state. The signatures show an overwhelming public approval for existing traffic safety programs that improve intersection safety.

And it’s no wonder why.

According to new data obtained from the Rutgers Plan4Safety crash database, right-angle crashes continue to decline at intersections in New Jersey. Crash data compiled from 26 intersections in 15 townships with American Traffic Solutions’ (ATS) red-light safety cameras in operation for at least one year showed total right-angle crashes decreased an average of 11 percent. A look at the 12 intersections with cameras in place for two years indicates an even greater reduction of 59 percent from the first year of use to the second. By comparison, right angle-crashes at control intersections without red-light safety cameras increased by 46 percent.

In addition to reducing accidents, red-light safety cameras are improving driver behavior in New Jersey. A recent review of ATS red-light safety cameras in New Jersey tracked red-light violations in 18 townships from the beginning of each program until the end of 2012. Since installation, average violations per camera fell by 44 percent.  Additionally, 86 percent of vehicles with a paid violation did not get a second. The low incidence of repeat offenders and the decline in violations indicate that cameras are changing driver habits for the better.

At this time we have 5100 of the 12,338 total signatures listed in the document below. The numbers continue to grow in support of red-light safety cameras as the public in New Jersey stands up for what they believe in.