VerraMobility.com, Arizona, December 29, 2020
Despite pandemic, red-light crashes continued to present a threat to public safety in 2020.
The alarming footage shows collisions captured by red-light safety cameras in communities across the country; and in a year filled with distractions, shows that these crashes continue to present a threat, even with fewer people on the road.
CBS Baltimore, Maryland, January 14, 2021
A current speed camera system on Garrison Boulevard will also be enhanced starting at the beginning of February.
The transportation department said the cameras will cover the 2300 through 3300 blocks of the road near Hilton and Liberty Elementary Schools and Windsor Hills Elementary/Middle School.
Speed cameras in school zones run on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and come with a $40 fine for those going more than 12 miles per hour over the posted speed limit.
As Traffic Deaths Spike During COVID-19, New Report Examines Unsettling Trend of Teen Drivers Speeding – and Dying – on America’s Roads
Governor Highway for Safety Association, National, January 26, 2021
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), in partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund, today released a new report that examines the significant role speeding plays in teen driver fatalities and offers practical tools to help parents rein in this lethal driving habit. The new analysis for GHSA found that from 2015 to 2019, teen drivers and passengers (16-19 years of age) accounted for a greater proportion of speeding-related fatalities (43%) than all other age groups (30%). During this five-year period, 4,930 teen drivers and passengers died in speeding-related crashes.
“Our country has a speeding problem that has only worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins. “Thousands of people die needlessly on our roads because some drivers mistakenly think less traffic means they can speed and nothing bad will happen. The data tell us that teen drivers are the most likely to be tempted to speed, so the need to address this issue is more critical than ever given traffic death trends during the pandemic.”
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, New York, January 16, 2021
A recent article (Jan. 1 by Christina Goldbaum) in the New York Times spoke to a deadly consequence of the pandemic — a significant increase in traffic deaths. When the pandemic hit New York City, cars seemed to disappear from many streets as the lockdown brought urban life to a halt and drivers stayed home. But in a troubling trend echoed across the country, the number of deadly car crashes has soared.
At least 243 people died in traffic crashes in New York City in 2020 — making it the deadliest year on record since Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced his signature plan to improve street safety in 2014, according to the Times article.
School Transportation News, National, December 29, 2020
As 2021 dawns, several Florida bills signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis over the summer go into effect, one being a law that doubles the fine of illegally passing a stopped school bus.
H.B. 37, School Bus Safety Bill, goes into effect on Friday. It brings the fine to $200 for any motorist who fails to stop for a school bus when its stop arm is extended and red lights are flashing. Within a five-year period, each subsequent offense will result in a suspended license for no less than 180 days and no more than a year.
Patch.com, Washington, January 21, 2021
In Kirkland, the return to class also means police will resume speed enforcement efforts in school zones. That includes photo-enforced cameras near John Muir Elementary, Kamiakin Middle School and Rose Hill Elementary in 2019. According to the city, the initial cameras have successfully reduced speeding in school zones.
Fines for exceeding 20 mph school zone speed limits start at $136 and increase at higher speeds.
WGN9, Illinois, January 4, 2021
Speed cameras located near schools and parks in Chicago will begin ticketing drivers for going 6-10 miles per hour over the limit starting in March, officials said Monday.
In announcing the change Monday, city officials said it was done in response to an “alarming increase in vehicle speeding and traffic fatalities.”
A study by the Northwestern University Transportation Center found in April that there was a decrease in crashes after the pandemic reached Chicago, but the severity of injuries increased. Experts said it was potentially due to drivers going faster on emptier roads.
Cook County saw 269 fatal crashes in 2018, 294 in 2019 and 297 in 2020 according to state data.