Your September Edition of Road Safety Ink

Verra Mobility is proud to be partnering with Melissa Wandall, President of the National Coalition for Safer Roads, for this year’s National School Bus Safety Week, which will take place October 18-22. The 2021 theme is Expect the Unexpected. Know the Danger Zone.

Our goal during this week is to continue to educate the public on the dangers of illegally passing stopped school buses and speeding through school zones while children are onboarding and offloading. We hope you will join us as we raise awareness about school bus safety. Your participation will undoubtedly help us build something different and provide a more meaningful way to maximize our outreach efforts. Please use the #NSBSW2021 while sharing your message.

Visit www.ncsrsafety.org in the next couple of weeks to learn more and get involved!

 

 

Honolulu Pilot Program to Cite Red-Light Runners Set to Start

KITV 4 Island News, Hawaii, August 24, 2021

The state will soon start up a pilot project to track and ticket Honolulu drivers who run red lights.

Those cameras are expected to be in operation by the end of the year, or early 2022.
Some pedestrians, like Espinoza, looking forward to the electronic eyes watching over our intersections.

“I think it will work real good, because a lot of the people they run the red lights,” stated Espinoza.

 

CSPD red light cameras snagging more drivers

Colorado Springs Indy, Colorado, September 22, 2021

As the Colorado Springs Police Department ramps up its red-light camera program, more residents are getting slapped with violations, data show.

 

 

Vision Zero: As Classrooms Re-Open, Mayor de Blasio Announces Expanded Traffic Safety Enforcement Near Schools

NYC.gov, New York, September 10, 2021

“School zone speed cameras are one of the best tools available to keep students and school staff safe from speeding motorists. In 2013, I worked aggressively to enact the original demonstration program, and in 2019 I successfully pushed for a significant enhancement to the program to bring speed cameras to more school zones. I am heartened that cameras are now monitoring school zones for dangerous drivers across New York City, but we have more work to do. I look forward to pushing for the next step in protecting our students by passing my bill to allow cameras to protect our streets 24/7 in the upcoming legislative session,” said Assembly Member Deborah J. Glick.

 

Work Zone Speeding Cameras Coming to New York

Syracuse.com, New York, September 23, 2021

New York will soon install cameras in road work zones that will monitor drivers to make sure they’re not speeding.

If they are, the camera alone could result in a ticket.

Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill authorizing the cameras earlier this month. For now, it’s just a pilot program that will determine how automatic speeding tickets work in work zones and whether stronger enforcement cuts down on injuries and deaths.

 

New York Mills School District is Implementing Cameras on School Buses

CNY Homepage.com, New York, September 1, 2021

Back to school is right around the corner and the New York Mills Union Free School District will be the first to implement school bus cameras this year.

In 2019, the state of New York averaged 50,000 cars a day that passed school buses. So. the most important factor of this new safety protocol is keeping children safe as they travel to and from school.

“Every day our drivers report people passing our school busses even though the lights are on and the stop arm is out and so anyway that we can make the transportation of our students safer I think is well worth while,” said Schelmidine.

 

Photo by: LM Otero/AP In this photo made Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, a camera sits mounted next to a school bus stop sign in Dallas. A lawsuit contends that two Texas cities are illegally using cameras to ticket drivers alleged to have ignored extended stop signs on school buses, arguing that among other issues, the state Legislature has never authorized local entities to take such action. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Florida Reps File Bill to Attach Cameras to School Buses to Increase Safety for Children

WTXL Tallahassee, Florida, September 29, 2021

This week Representative Thad Altman (R-Indian Harbour Beach) and Representative Emily Slosberg (D–Boca Raton) filed HB 179, authorizing school districts to install cameras on stop signs of school buses to capture whether cars stop when approaching.

It would allow law enforcement agencies to use the footage to enforce traffic laws that increase the safety of the transportation of students.

“This legislation holds drivers accountable for ensuring the safety of kids that are getting on and off school buses. Its significance cannot be overstated after last Thursday morning’s tragic accident in Fort Pierce in which 10-year old Yaceny Berenice Rodriguez-Gonzalez, crossing the street to board her school bus, was killed by a hit and run driver that moved behind a school bus that had its long arm stop sign extended and red lights flashing,” Representative Slosberg said.

 

Crack Down on Stop-Arm Violations with These Camera Options

SchoolBusFleet.com, National, September 2021

Are your school buses equipped with the latest stop-arm cameras? Find out why these pieces of equipment are so helpful, how they work and who has the solutions that can get you on the road to documenting driver infractions.

 

City of London Launches Speed Enforcement Campaign Using Cameras to Track and Ticket Speeders

Global News, Canada, September 22, 2021

The City of London has launched a new speed enforcement program to try and deter speeders in the city, especially around school zones.

The Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) program is meant to work with other speed reduction measures to improve safety.

The ASE is an automated system that uses a camera and a speed measurement device to detect and ticket plate owners of speeding vehicles.

“It is essential that Londoners respect posted speed limits to help keep our most vulnerable road users safe. This tool holds us all accountable,” said London Mayor Ed Holder.

 

Slow Down, Seattle Drivers: School Zone Cameras are Back as Students Return to Class

The Seattle Times, Washington, September 1, 2021

Seattle has cameras near 14 schools to enforce the 20 mph speed limit in school zones, and speeders face a $237 fine. The cameras are active when school zone flashing beacons are in use. The flashing beacon schedule for each school is set by the city Department of Transportation, based on when students are expected to arrive and leave school grounds. For a list of the operating cameras, click here. 

 

file photo by Sophia Germer, The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate

City of New Orleans to Reactivate School Zone Safety Cameras on Monday

Nola.gov, New Orleans, September 24, 2021

The automated photo enforcement program is one component of the City’s efforts to reduce speeding and increase safety on our streets. As children return to in-person learning, the reactivation of school zone cameras provides important safety and deterrence functions. Cameras outside of school zones will not be reactivated until the traffic signal function returns to normal across the city.

School zone hours are 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. Motorists are advised to carefully observe posted speed limits and exercise caution in school zones, including no cell phone use and stopping for children crossing the street. Drivers can expect to see enforcement of 20 mph school zone speed limits.

 

Photo by David Greene

UPDATE: DOT Calls for Expansion of Speed Cameras in School Zones following Bronx Fatal Crash

Norwoodnews.org, New York,  August 30, 2021

NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Hank Gutman is calling for the expanded use of cameras in school zones, following two fatal crashes which occurred over the weekend, one on East Fordham Road in the Bronx and one in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.

Under prevailing State legislation, cameras in school zones can only legally operate between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., Monday to Friday.

“This weekend saw two high-speed, fatal crashes on our streets, both of which occurred within school zones, near speed cameras we aren’t legally allowed to operate,” said Gutman. “Once again, we urge the state legislature to allow our cameras to operate 24/7. There must be consequences for dangerous drivers, no matter what time of the week they break the law. Speed cameras are an efficient, equitable way to reduce speeding, and we must do everything in our power to stop violence on our streets before it happens,” he added.

According to DOT, one-third of fatal crashes on City streets last year happened in school speed zones during overnight and weekend hours when cameras were not active.

DOT officials are urging the State legislature to pass S5602/A6681, a bill sponsored by State Sen. Andrew Gounardes and Assembly Member Deborah Glick, which would allow DOT’s cameras to operate 24/7.