Your July Edition of Road Safety Ink

 

National Stop on Red Week Starts Sunday

National Coalition For Safer Roads, National, July 29, 2021

It’s the 25th annual National Stop on Red Week, pivotal for raising red-light running awareness to make our communities safer. Now is the perfect time to start your own advocacy and education efforts to inform the public and improve road safety in your community.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Use the tools and resources to promote National Stop on Red Week in your community, available at www.ncsrsafety.org/stop-on-red. Each day, you can check out the statistics, promotional messaging, and traffic safety tips.

National Stop on Red Week (1-7 August) serves as an important declaration that enough is enough and that eliminating all traffic fatalities is possible. Together, we can build safer streets, save lives, and ALWAYS #StopOnRed.

Follow the movement and join the conversation #StopOnRed2021.

AZCentral.com Names Verra Mobility a Winner of the Arizona Top Workplaces of 2021 Award

VerraMobility.com, Arizona, July 13, 2021

Verra Mobility has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2021 honor by Arizona Top Workplaces. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“At Verra Mobility, we put as much focus on creating and engaging and fulfilling workplace as we do on driving core business outcomes while building for the company’s future,” says David Roberts, Verra Mobility CEO. “It’s incredibly rewarding to know that our employees recognize and appreciate the engaging, values-based culture of performance we’re building here together. This recognition is a tribute to all the effort and focus our employees continue to put toward making Verra Mobility a special place to work. I’m beyond grateful for their continued commitment and contributions.”

 

PODCAST #15: Smart Motorways and AI – an Interview with Verra Mobility’s Mark Talbot

Traffic Technology Today, National, July 6, 2021

Mike Talbot was CEO of Redflex until its recent takeover by Verra Mobility, with whom he is now executive vice president of government solutions. Mark talks smart motorways, artificial intelligence, Verra’s scope and resources, and new products. Plus news and conversation with Tom Stone and Saul Wordsworth.

Interview with Mark Talbot begins at 6:15

 

 

Kent’s Red-Light Cameras Reduced Collisions in 2020, Brought in $2.4M

Kent Reporter, Washington, July 1, 2021

Red-light cameras at six Kent intersections helped reduce the number of collisions from 143 in 2019 to 98 in 2020 — and brought in a net revenue of $2.45 million in 2020.

“Red-light cameras are working as expected,” Kent Police Chief Rafael Padilla said during a June 22 report at the Kent City Council’s virtual Committee of the Whole meeting. “Time will tell, but we continue to lower collision rates and the system is able to fund itself.”

 

 

Will Virginia’s New Plan to Slow Down Drivers Work?

Greater Greater Washington, DC, July 19, 2021

To reduce the danger of driving, Virginia state officials are now planning a new comprehensive road safety campaign to slow down drivers. However, controversies around equitable enforcement and the political unpopularity of speeding cameras means that no one can say at the moment what the final program will look like when details are debuted this fall.

 

 

School Bus Stop-Arm Cameras Coming to Nassau County

Patch.com, New York, July 15

The Legislature has cleared the way to launch a school bus stop-arm camera program in Nassau County – a cornerstone of ongoing efforts to better protect school children and families from reckless drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses.

On Monday, July 12, lawmakers voted unanimously to retain American Traffic Solutions (d/b/a Verra Mobility) to install the cameras on the buses of participating districts. These cameras will capture images of vehicles that illegally pass stopped school buses when the stop arm is out and lights are flashing.

 

 

 

Speed Cameras on Baltimore’s JFX Should be the Start of Many More on U.S. Highways | COMMENTARY

Baltimore Sun, Maryland, July 20, 2021

By the first day of 2022, two speed cameras are scheduled to be installed along the Jones Falls Expressway in Baltimore to capture images of the many ridiculous motorists who regularly drive 20 to 30 miles an hour over the posted speed limit on one of the worst interstate highways ever built.

Besides the fact that we drivers despise them — not much of an excuse, if you ask me — is there any reason for not having speed cameras all over highways?