VerraMobility.com, Arizona, June 18, 2021
Verra Mobility (NASDAQ: VRRM), a leader in smart mobility technology, confirmed today the acquisition of Redflex Holdings Limited (“Redflex”) and its subsidiaries, a global innovator of traffic and safety solutions. The acquisition significantly increases Verra Mobility’s scale and global reach, expands its portfolio of smart transportation solutions, and opens new opportunities to make mobility safer and easier in the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas.
“This acquisition is not only a major step forward for these two companies, but also for the communities we serve worldwide,” said Verra Mobility CEO David Roberts. “It will allow us to expand the solutions we are able to offer communities that positively impact driver behavior and build safer cities.” Read full press release here.
Localdvm.com, Washington D.C., June 8, 2021
There are new red light and speed cameras operating in the District.
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) constructed the red-light enforcement camera at the I-695 off-ramp at Northbound 11th Street Southeast. Officials installed the red light camera to reduce the number of angle collisions and people running the red light as well as improve the overall safety at the intersection.
DDOT Acting Director Everett Lott said, “The Automated Traffic Enforcement program is part of Mayor Bowser’s multi-pronged strategy to make DC streets safer. The new red-light and speed cameras help prevent dangerous driving and moves us closer to achieving the District’s Vision Zero goals by protecting the lives and safety of drivers, bicyclists, as well as pedestrians.”
ABC15.com, Arizona, June 1, 2021
“We live in a fast-moving society,” said AAA spokesperson Aldo Vazquez. “But, impatience can lead to deadly consequences.”
AAA’s most recent data shows our state lost more than 350 people to red-light running between 2008 and 2017.
Their research also finds a majority of drivers acknowledged how dangerous running a red light is.
Despite the danger, one in three drivers said they had done it in the last 30 days, with many saying they did not think they would be caught by law enforcement.
According to city officials, there are 1,150 signalized intersections in Phoenix. Each year, these intersections saw an average of 1,520 red-light running crashes. Those crashes took the lives of nearly 90 people per year on average. See article here.
The most recent data from AAA shows Arizona tops every other state in the country when it comes to red light crashes.
The Bay Net, Maryland, June 28, 2021
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office announced the automated speed enforcement cameras are located in the following school zones for the weeks of June 27th and July 4th:
- SB Marshall Corner Rd. at James Craik Elementary School
- EB Berry Rd. at Berry Elementary School
- EB Poplar Hill Rd. at Malcolm Elementary School
- NB Oliver’s Shop Rd. at T.C. Martin Elementary School
- NB Livingston Rd. at J.C. Parks Elementary School
- EB Ironsides Rd. at Mt. Hope Elementary School
Yahoo.com, Maryland, June 25, 2021
Consider this your warning! New speed cameras are going up in school zones across Baltimore City.
PressConnects.com, New York, June 24, 2021
Motorists who have been caught on camera passing a stopped school bus in Broome County have been receiving warning notices since May 24.
The month-long warning period has ended.
According to county officials, the bus cameras recorded 120 violations during the warning period, with that number expected to climb higher once all the data has been collected.
“That’s 120 times our students were put at risk,” Garnar said. “As of today, it’s simple: If you pass a school bus illegally you will be fined. We take the safety of our children seriously and this program will help make sure they’re safe every time they get on a bus to go to school.”
NYC Streets Blog, New York, June 26, 2021
This year is already on track to be the second-most-deadly year on our roads since Mayor de Blasio took office, with more than 70 drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists already killed in traffic-related accidents, according to Vision Zero statistics. This followed a rough 2020 during which speeding on streets emptied because of the pandemic led to more deaths and injuries from traffic-related collisions. That’s unacceptable.
Traffic-enforcement cameras are a critical tool in keeping our streets safe. But current state law limits the cameras’ effectiveness. Albany places too-strict limits on how many safety cameras the city can use, where we can deploy them and what hours they can operate. These restrictions make no sense.
By the end of 2021, the city will have in operation almost 2,500 red-light, speed and bus-lane cameras. The city’s own data show that they are very effective in making intersections safer, bus lanes more efficient and reducing speed and injuries; in fact, they reducing speeding by 71.5 percent and injuries by 16.9 percent.
Inquirer, Philadelphia, June 16, 2021
Driving on Roosevelt Boulevard can sometimes feel like taking your life into your hands. One of the deadliest roads in the state, it was the site of 14 fatalities in 2020, and this weekend, a 51-year-old man lost his life in a crash on the Roosevelt Extension.
That’s why the recently released results of the Roosevelt Boulevard Speed Camera Pilot Program are encouraging, pointing to a possible solution. From over 200,000 tickets in July to fewer than 20,000 tickets in February, the program has been successful in slowing down cars.
Given the success of the program, Harrisburg should make this pilot permanent and allow more municipalities to opt-in. In Philadelphia, City Council should authorize speed cameras in other hot spots for dangerous speeding, like Lincoln Drive, a road neighbors have nicknamed “Dead Man’s Gulch.” Other solutions, like engineering roads to enhance safety, might bear promise, but the city and PennDot’s Route for Change program has an end date of 2040. Vulnerable road users cannot afford to wait that long.