Your November Edition of the Road Safety Ink

Verra Mobility Makes GovTech’s 100 Annual List

Govtech.com, National, November 2021

The GovTech 100 is an annual list compiled and published by Government Technology as a compendium of 100 companies focused on, making a difference in, and selling to state and local government agencies across the United States.

 

 

Seattle Rolling Out New Traffic Cameras to Bust Transit Lane Violators and Drivers Who ‘Block the Box’

Capitol Hill Seattle, Washington, November 15, 2021

Seattle is finally installing new traffic cameras to enforce transit lane laws and make sure motorists don’t “block the box.” There won’t be any tickets issued until 2022 but the cameras are going in this week to “ensure the public has adequate notice to learn the rules of the road,” the city says.

The new cameras, SDOT says, are being installed at “busy intersections to prevent people driving from blocking crosswalks and intersections after the light turns red (also known as “blocking the box”)” and to help keep transit lanes clear for busses. “This helps keep buses moving, which in turn makes our transit system more reliable, benefiting everyone,” SDOT says.

 

 

Time to Stop: Worst Arizona Cities and Intersections for Red-Light Crashes

ABC15, Arizona, November 16, 2021

An in-depth ABC15 analysis of state crash data in the Valley’s largest cities showed that Glendale had the most red-light running crashes per capita in 2020. ABC15 also tallied the number of red-light running crashes at intersections across Arizona, using 2020 ADOT crash data, finding many of them are near highway on-ramps.

 

Hartford City Council Introduces Red-Light Camera Resolution

Fox61, Connecticut, November 8, 2021

The Hartford City Council is taking steps toward getting red light cameras up in the capital city. Officials say it’s all part of an effort to increase public safety in the city, which has a large population of pedestrians, many of whom are fed up with reckless drivers.

“I came into this office with the goal of improving the quality of life for our families and increasing public safety within our neighborhoods. For too long people have come into our city and disregarded our laws,” Rosado said. “Red light cameras do not discriminate based on race or income. Nationally, they reduce fatal interactions with law enforcement. More importantly, they decrease intersection collisions and unnecessary loss of life.”

 

 

Six Red-Light Cameras Set to go Live in Guelph on Friday

Guelph Today, Canada, November 4, 2021

Guelph drivers will need to make sure they are crossing through intersections legally as six new red-light cameras spread out across Guelph will go live on Friday in a bid to mitigate collisions and reduce running red light instances in the wards.

 

 

 

U.S. Traffic Deaths Continued to Spike in 2021

Bloomberg, National, October 29, 2021

The number of people killed on U.S. roads jumped 18.4% — the largest six-month increase in traffic fatalities on record — as car travel picked up.

As part of that, U.S. DOT plans to develop a first-of-its-kind national strategy for traffic safety designed to reduce traffic fatalities, set to be released in January, Buttigieg said. It will draw input from all tiers of government as well as the auto industry, advocates, engineers and community groups, and identify actions to steer vehicles, roads, speed limits, medical care and people toward safer outcomes.

“Everyone has to come together to make the changes that America needs and start a new and urgent era of action to transform mobility and save lives on the road,” Buttigieg said.

 

Gov. Hochul Says All the Right Things About Speed Cameras

NYC Streets Blog, New York, November 4, 2021

Hochul’s support for local control is well known (as she did on Thursday, she frequently mentions her past in local government), but her support for speed cameras may be less known to the public, though she has long championed them. In 2018, she stood with members of Families for Safe Streets to complain when Republicans in the state Senate used their thin majority to block the reauthorization of speed cameras.

 

Data: Speeding Plagues Residential Baltimore Neighborhoods

WBaltimore TV, Maryland, November 16, 2021

There were 24,210 speed-camera violations issued citywide in August. Of those, 385 recorded drivers going at least 55 mph where the speed limits are 25 to 35 mph. Nineteen drivers were clocked at 70 mph and up. The cameras are located within a half-mile of schools, mostly in residential areas.

 

UWS Traffic Fatalities Have Spiked; Locals Call for More Traffic Enforcement after Enforcement Declines

West Side Rag, New York, November 17, 2021

Specifically, Kite-Laidlaw said, “When we drill down to what the investigations into these fatal crashes are showing, we’re seeing a lot of speeding, failure to yield. We’re seeing a shocking number of hit and runs, and hit and runs often conceal a lot of other wrongdoing like unlicensed driving or DWI.”

When asked how the community could help reverse the dangerous trend, Kite-Laidlaw pointed to the importance of passing the pending State legislation asking for speed cameras to run 24/7.  Currently, “we can only run those cameras 6 am to 10 pm on weekdays,” she said, noting that last year, “about one-third of non-highway fatalities happened in school speed zones where there are cameras but at times when the cameras were not allowed to operate.”

 

 

NYC School Bus Drivers Push for Stop-Arm Cameras

Bronx News 12, New York, November 17, 2021

New York City school bus drivers fearful for the safety of their students want cameras to catch drivers who speed past when they should be stopping.
They say other drivers on the road do not obey the stop-arm, the stop sign that extends from the side of the school bus when they are picking up or dropping off kids.
Steven Martinez, a six-year veteran school bus driver in New York City, says cars ignore the stop-arm about seven times per day when he’s driving his route.
Martinez and other city drivers are calling for the installation of stop-arm cameras on all New York City school buses so that drivers would be ticketed for breaking the law.

 

 

 

School Zone Traffic Safety Bill Filed Again in Florida Legislature

WGCU, Southwest Florida, November 1, 2021

Florida lawmakers are again working on a policy to make school zones safer for pedestrians. The bipartisan bill would allow cities and counties to put up traffic cameras near schools to reduce speeding.