University Study: School Zone Safety Cameras Slows Speeders

Red-Light Safety Cameras having an effect on Leon Valley Drivers

News4 San Antonio, October 30, 2018 

Red light cameras, you can argue about whether they’re constitutional, others think it’s too much big brother, but what Leon Valley city officials are saying there’s no dispute as to whether it’s made Leon Valley streets safer.

From March through September of this year red light citations have dropped 34% with almost 43 thousand citations issued.

“That’s exactly what the council wanted to see. They wanted to see the change in driver behavior. They wanted to see drivers thinking twice about running those red lights,” explains Kuenstler.

Horrific School Bus Collision Kills 3 Children From Same Family

ABC News October 31, 2018

Three children from the same family were killed and a fourth child was seriously injured Tuesday morning when they were struck by a pickup truck as they were about to board a school bus, police said.

Identical twin 6-year-old brothers, Xzavier and Mason Ingle, and their 9-year-old sister Alivia Stahl were killed in the incident on a rural road in Indiana, said Sgt. Tony Slocum, the public information officer for the Indiana State Police.

EDITORIAL: Why Chicago Needs Red-Light Cameras

Chicago Sun Times, October 31, 2018

On Sunday on the Southwest Side, a 5-year-old girl was killed and seven other people (including five other children) were injured when a car ran a red light. A 41-year-old woman was cited for “failing to obey the red light and yield in the intersection,” in connection with the tragic crash.

I hesitate to call this an accident because if the woman saw that the red light and drove into the intersection anyway, that’s not an accident. That’s reckless driving and should be treated like a crime.

From Jan. 1 through Monday, 830 people died in 760 fatal crashes in Illinois. That’s a reduction of 49 deaths compared to the same period last year, according to statistics compiled by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

School Bus drivers report danger on San Diego roads

CBS 8, October 29, 2018

“You hear screeches behind you,” he said. “I’ve seen more these days, than in the past. I’ve been pretty scared a couple times when cars get out of control.”

As part of a 2018 nationwide survey, Poway Unified bus drivers counted 290 people running their stop signs and red lights on just one, single day. Multiply that by 180 school days and that’s more than 52,000 potential accidents every school year.

Pattee says he see people running the stop signals nearly daily, “four out of five days easily.”

STUDY: School Zone Safety Cameras Slows Down Speeders

The researchers found that, after police began issuing tickets based on automated photo enforcement, the rate of speeding violations decreased nearly 50 percent in the school zones in their study, compared to the period when drivers received written warnings. The proportion of vehicles exceeding the 20 mph limit decreased by nearly half in the citation period compared to the warning period. The deterrent effect of automated enforcement was sustained over two years.