AZ Family, Arizona, January 27, 2021
Scottsdale police need help finding three men that fled from officers during an attempted traffic stop. When the Charger went through the intersection of Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, it ran the red light and tripped a photo radar camera to take pictures of the three men in the car.
Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call the Scottsdale Police Department at 480-312-5000.
12 News, Arizona, February 16, 2021
An Arizona Senate committee has rejected a proposal that would have banned cities from using photo radar speed and red light cameras to enforce traffic laws.
But testimony from several Phoenix-area police departments backed the use of the cameras, saying they are useful in slowing down drivers and cutting accidents.
Insurance Institute For Highway Safety, National, January 28, 2021
Drivers often travel faster than posted speed limits, but when officials raise limits to match travel speeds, people still go faster. Today, 41 states allow 70 mph or higher speeds on some roadways, including eight states that have maximum speeds of 80 mph or more. A 2019 IIHS study found that rising speed limits have cost nearly 37,000 lives over 25 years. AAA and IIHS urge policymakers to factor in this danger from higher speeds when considering speed limit changes.
AZ Family, Arizona, January 30, 2021
After three weeks of looking for him, police say they’ve arrested the man clocked driving 119 mph through a Scottsdale intersection.
A red-light camera along Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard recorded the speeding Toyota Celica at about 2 a.m. on Jan. 4. The speed limit in the area 45 mph. Video from the traffic cam shows the car whipping through the intersection and the flashes of the camera.
Around Osceola, Florida, February 16, 2021
With the Osceola County School District receiving up to 30 complaints a day from bus drivers after vehicles illegally passed them, officials are hoping a new bill will help curb the problem.
The Florida Senate unanimously passed a bill that has now increased the penalty for passing a school bus that’s displaying a stop sign from $100 to $200.
Penalties for passing a stopped bus on the side where children enter and exit has risen from $200 to $400 for a first offense. A second offense within five years would result in the fine plus a license suspension.
The new law went into effect in January.
Patch.com, Washington, February 8, 2021
For the safety of students, school zone speed enforcement will resume on Thursday, Feb. 18, including school zone safety cameras, Kirkland city officials said Monday.
“We want drivers to pay attention and slow down in school zones now that students will be present again,” said Kirkland Police Chief Cherie Harris. “It’s critical that drivers obey speed limits in school zones in order to reduce the risk of serious injuries or fatalities from collisions, and the school zone safety cameras are one of the tools that we use to encourage responsible driving.”
Aiken Standard, South Carolina, February 9, 2021
In the last weekend of January, traffic fatalities in South Carolina were 12 more than at the same time a year ago. Already, 66 people have died on the state’s roads. Many factors make South Carolina’s roads among the most dangerous in the nation. Not the least of them is motorists traveling at excessive speeds. Now comes a study that concludes that even slight changes in speed can have major effects.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Humanetics conducted crashes at three different impact speeds (40, 50 and 56 mph). They found slightly higher speeds were enough to increase the driver’s risk of severe injury or death. AAA – The Auto Club Group provided funding for the crash test research.