Your January Edition of The Road Safety Ink

 

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Red-Light Safety Program Pilot Begins With Engineering Studies At 10 Honolulu Intersections

HIDOT.hawaii.gov, Hawaii, February 1, 2022

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) announces the initiation of engineering studies to select the intersections for the two-year pilot authorized by Act 30 (20). The goal of red-light safety cameras is to reduce lives lost in motor vehicle crashes by deterring red-light running.

The pilot project will begin with engineering studies at potential locations to determine whether the installation of red-light cameras is feasible and can increase safety. HDOT worked with the City & County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services to select the potential intersections based on crash history and site suitability.

 

 

Verra Mobility Receives Contract Renewal From New York City

PRNewswire, National, February 7, 2022

Verra Mobility (NASDAQ: VRRM), a leading provider of smart mobility technology solutions, announced today that the New York City Department of Transportation exercised its second three-year renewal option under its photo enforcement contract with Verra Mobility. The contract, which was registered in 2014, presently covers hundreds of red-light, bus lane, mobile speed and fixed speed photo enforcement cameras that help promote safe driving behaviors.

 

 

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Smart Cities: How Technology Will Reshape Transportation In 2022

iotforall, National, January 28, 2022

The smart transportation market size is estimated to reach $130 billion by 2024. This reflects a CAGR growth of 20 percent from 2018 till 2024. Even though such a development pace can hardly be called explosive, smart transportation systems are gaining momentum worldwide. Rapid urbanization, always-connected vehicles, environment protection initiatives, and traffic optimization technologies are the primary triggers of new mobility. City residents and authorities expect smart infrastructures to emerge since improved road and passenger safety is a must in the so-desired smart cities.

 

A driver deciding to take the Jay Street Busway could face a higher fine under Gov. Hochul’s executive budget. Photo: Dave Colon

Gov. Hochul’s Executive Budget Takes Aim At Bus Lane Blockers, Toll Cheats

NYC Streets Blog, New York, January 20, 2022

“Gov. Hochul’s proposal for automated bus lane enforcement is essential to delivering faster commutes that bus riders badly need,” said Riders Alliance Policy and Communications Director Danny Pearlstein. “Automated enforcement puts bus riders first on busy streets in a way that advances equity and makes the city work better for everyone. Legislators should adopt the governor’s measure and invest the proceeds from camera enforcement in better bus service for all.”

 

Gov Tech Biz Quarterly Roundup: Q4 With Jeff Cook

Gov Tech, National, January 28, 2022

T2 Systems Acquired by Verra Mobility

Why it Matters: Parking management is a critical capability within the transportation and mobility ecosystem, and T2 Systems, a portfolio company of private equity firm Thoma Bravo, has been a mainstay in parking management software and hardware solutions for nearly 30 years. Through the acquisition, Verra Mobility, a publicly-traded smart transportation provider, adds parking management to its core of photo enforcement and toll management technologies. We believe the acquisition is indicative of a trend in smart transportation where we will continue to see historical hardware vendors dive further into software and data to unlock new use cases and create new customer cross-sell capabilities.

 

 

Fayetteville Crash Named One Of Red-Light Safety Camera Company’s Worst Red-Light Runners Of 2021

FayObserver, North Carolina, January 3, 2022

A crash at an intersection in Fayetteville was highlighted in a video by a company trying to show the danger of running red lights.

The video was posted Monday and had more than 8,500 views on Thursday afternoon. It also showed crashes in Sunrise, Florida; Scottsdale, Arizona; Lakeland, Florida; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Fayetteville has 14 red-light cameras, including two at the intersection where the crash happened, according to its website. From July 2015 to October 2021, there were nearly 18,300 citations for running a red light there, it said.

 

 

Speed Cameras May Come To Highway Work Zones In Indiana Under Proposed Bills

Indystar, Indiana, January 21, 2022

Two Indiana legislators are taking another swing at putting speed cameras in active highway work zones.

This week, both bills received successful votes at their first committee readings.

Sen. Jon Ford, R-Terre Haute, and Rep. Jim Pressel, R-Rolling Prairie, authored Senate Bill 179 and House Bill 1035, respectively, each seeking to establish a pilot program to test automated speeding enforcement on these sites when workers are present. The first puts the speeding threshold at 11 mph over the speed limit and funnels proceeds into a fund for fallen state troopers; the second puts the threshold at 12 mph and puts proceeds toward various work zone safety measures.

 

 

Broome County Sees A Rise In Violations For Its School Bus Stop-Arm Safety Program

WBNG 12 News, New York, December 10, 2021

Last school year, 11 Broome County school districts installed school bus stop-arm cameras. Since being introduced in May, a problem is arising this school year.

Broome County’s bus fleet is seeing a rise in violations when a bus’ stop-arm is out.

“When the stop-arm is extended, they need to stop. That’s all lanes of traffic need to stop, all turning lanes need to stop,” said Director Patrick Dewing with the Office of Emergency Services. “It does not matter if there is a divider between you and the stop-arm or the bus.”

“Every one of these violations is a potential for a child to be hit by a vehicle,” said Dewing. “It’s all about keeping the children safe and this is our best way to do that.”

 

School Bus Camera Bill Passes First Committee Stop

Florida Politics, Florida, January 18, 2022

The bill would use cameras to cite drivers who don’t stop for school buses.

School buses could soon carry cameras to monitor motorists around them in an attempt to prevent people from passing buses when they are stopped.

The measure (SB 702), carried by Zephyrhills Republican Sen. Danny Burgess, would allow school districts to install cameras on school buses to catch drivers who illegally pass buses as students are exiting. Gainesville Republican Sen. Keith Perry presented the bill to the Senate Transportation Committee Tuesday, where it received unanimous support.

 

 

City Committee Votes To Purchase 25 Additional Automated Speed Enforcement Cameras

CP24, Canada, January 11, 2022

An additional 25 photo radar cameras could soon be deployed across Toronto amid data suggesting that the technology is helping to slow down traffic and make the streets safer for pedestrians.

The city first installed 50 of automated cameras in neighborhoods across the city in 2020 and has been moving each of them to a new location every three to six months.

Research from the Hospital for Sick Children has shown that the average speeding driver traveled approximately 18 km/hr over the limit in 40 km/hr zones prior to the arrival of the cameras but are now only clocked at 6 km/h above the limit in 40 km/hr zones.

 

 

Crossing guard Kim Williams greets students while she works near Bay Point Middle School for the first day of school for Pinellas County students, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021 in St. Petersburg. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]

Speed Cameras In Florida School Zones Make A Lot of Sense | Editorial

Tampa Bay, Florida, February 8, 2022

This one is easy. Anyone who speeds through a school zone deserves a ticket. Even the folks in Tallahassee seem to agree. That’s why SB 410, which would allow cities and counties to install speed cameras in school zones, is so far sailing through committees without a single nay vote.

So perhaps this bill, which has wide support, could be a test case for broader use of speed cameras as a public safety measure. Imagine what would happen at midblock crosswalks with flashing yellow lights if they were monitored by cameras. Fearing they would get an expensive ticket in the mail, drivers might suddenly start obeying the law, yielding to pedestrians — and saving lives. It’s worth a thought.

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