Your October Edition of the Road Safety Ink

GHSA Member Spotlight: Michael Tooker, Verra Mobility

GHSA, National, October 18, 2021

In GHSA’s latest Member Spotlight video, Verra Mobility’s Michael Tooker chats with GHSA’s Kerry Chausmer about the company’s work in smarter, safer, and easier mobility; how technology can help make roads and communities safer; and what State Highway Safety Offices should know about Verra.

 

Simple Steps for an Extra Safe Halloween

National Safety Council, National, October 2021

Here’s a scary statistic: Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Lack of visibility because of low lighting at night also plays a factor in these incidents.

Keep these tips in mind when your children are out on Halloween night.

 

National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 17-23)

National Safety Council, National, October 17, 2021

Parental involvement doesn’t end when a child gets a license. Teen drivers who continue to practice with their parents increase their chances of avoiding a crash. This report from the Governors Highway Safety Association offers more information.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sponsors Teen Driver Safety Week each year in October. Parents are the biggest influencers on their teen drivers, even if you think they aren’t listening.

NHTSA reminds parents to set the rules before they hit the road with “5 to Drive”:

  • No cell phones while driving
  • No extra passengers
  • No speeding
  • No alcohol
  • No driving or riding without a seat belt

 

 

Baltimore City DOT Announces Locations of Seven New Speed, Red-Light Cameras

CBS Baltimore, Maryland, October 13, 2021

The department’s Automated Traffic Violation Enforcement System program uses automated cameras to measure vehicle speed, assess the heights of commercial vehicles and determine if vehicles run red lights to assess fines. A full map of automated cameras in the city can be found here.

 

Red-Light Cameras Eyed to Crack Down on Traffic Scofflaws

Gloucester Times, Massachusetts, October 14, 2021

Lawmakers want Massachusetts to join nearly two dozen states taking pictures of traffic violators who run red lights and make illegal turns.

Several proposals heard by members of the Legislature’s Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security on Wednesday would authorize cities and towns to install “red light cameras” and automatically fine drivers for infractions.

 

City Considering Using Photo Radar

Lindsay Advocate, Canada, October 2, 2021

With recent changes to the Highway Traffic Act, municipalities are looking for ways to enforce the 40 kph speed limits found in school zones and municipally-declared community safety zones. Municipal police forces and the Ontario Provincial Police have limited numbers of officers to enforce these maximum speeds with any kind of regularity, so municipalities are looking for other options.

Redflex believes they have the solution to convince drivers to operate their vehicles more slowly in built-up areas: a return to photo radar.

 

 

After Landmark DOT Report on Fatalities in Speed Camera Zones, Mayor De-Blasio Urges Albany to Allow 24/7 Operation

NYC.gov, New York, October 8, 2021

The DOT’s annual Automated Speed Enforcement Program report, which covers data from the speed camera program’s inception in 2014 through December 2020, highlights its continued success at curbing speeding by over 70%. However, analysis of 2020 fatalities showed that nearly 30% of all fatalities occur in speed camera zones during the hours they are not allowed to operate: overnight and on weekends.

 

Mayor Keller Signs Mobile Speed Enforcement Legislation to Reduce Dangerous Driving on Albuquerque Streets

City of Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 15, 2021

Today, Mayor Tim Keller signed Ordinance 21-69 into law, approving the use of automated speed enforcement technology to address dangerous driving behavior. Speeding is one of the most widespread safety concerns in Albuquerque and has led to tragedies for families across the city. Mobile speed enforcement devices will be placed in high-risk areas where excessive speeding and fatalities are common. Mobile speed enforcement emerged as a key recommendation from both Vision Zero and Mayor Keller’s Metro Crime Initiative and will increase public safety while freeing up police officers to focus on violent crime.

 

New York State to Install Work Zone Safety Cameras on Highways

Spectrum Local News, New York, September 29, 2021

New York State is making an attempt to keep highway construction workers safe. Sen. Tim Kennedy says work zone safety cameras will be going up across the state soon.

Gov. Hochul signed a bill authorizing the programs earlier this month.

Kennedy says the main goal is to keep workers safe while working on the state’s roads and infrastructure.

 

 

CAUGHT ON CAM: Drivers Violating School Bus Safety Laws Cited During Operation Safe Stop

13 On Your Side, Michigan, October 22, 2021

You may have noticed more law enforcement officers on the roads this week catching violators of the state’s school bus safety laws.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office released dash and bodycam video catching the violators in action. Drivers were seen ignoring the flashing yellow lights and big red stop sign and blaring by the bus.

Operation Safe Stop started Monday, Oct. 18 and ended Friday, Oct. 22. Deputies followed random school buses in seven districts, including Byron Center, Kentwood Public Schools, Rockford, Sparta, Cedar Springs, Kent City and Comstock Park.

Littleton Parents Film Drivers Ignoring Bus Safety Laws

Fox31 KDVR, Colorado, October 21, 2021

Parents and students in Littleton are concerned after they say people are ignoring school bus safety laws and other rules of the road.

In multiple videos, you can see drivers brazenly blowing past a stopped school bus as kids board for school.

 

 

Firefighters work to put out a fire after a car crashed into a Centro bus at the intersection of West Bear Street and Genant Drive, near Interstate 81 in Syracuse, on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. Syracuse Police said the driver of the van ran a red light. (Anne Hayes | ahayes@Syracuse.com)

Work Zone Cameras are Great. We Need Red-Light Cameras, Too

Syracuse.com, New York, September 30, 2021

To the Editor

Kudos to New York state for installing cameras in work zones because toothless warnings have not worked (”Work zone speeding cameras coming to New York,” Sept. 23, 2021). Now, how about cameras on some traffic signals? Running red lights is endemic in this area and our police are stretched too thin to be able to nail the offenders at the exact moment they endanger other drivers and pedestrians.

 

Opinion: Speeding-The Most Deadly Highway Hazard

The CT Mirror, National, October 19, 2021

Speeding on our roads is linked to over 38,000 deaths each year in the U.S.  That’s almost 730 deaths a week… 100 a day.

If a hundred people die in a plane crash, we go nuts.  (Never mind that COVID deaths average about 1,400 per day).  But if they die on our roads, we see it as the cost of doing business.  As one blogger put it… “it’s high time to stop sacrificing safety on the altar of speed.”