Your May Edition of the Road Safety Ink

AAA: Memorial Day Forecast Points to Sizzlin’ Summer Travel

AAA.com, National, May 23, 2022

More than 39.2 million Americans will travel for the holiday weekend. The 8.3% increase from 2021.

Memorial Day weekend is expected to be the busiest in three years, building on a travel resurgence that began earlier this spring. This year’s forecast marks the second-highest single-year increase in travelers since 2010 (2021 was the highest), bringing volumes almost in line with pre-pandemic levels. (Click here to read the report)

“By the looks of this Memorial Day travel forecast, the summer travel season is off to a sizzlin’ start,” said Debbie Haas, Vice President of Travel for AAA – The Auto Club Group. “People are more comfortable traveling now than any other time in the past two years, and travel bookings are a reflection of that. Reservations for flights, hotels, and cruises for Memorial Day weekend are twice as strong as last year’s holiday and that momentum will likely carry into the summer.”

 

 

Nearly 43,000 people died on US roads last year, agency says

APNews, National, May 17, 2022

Nearly 43,000 people were killed on U.S. roads last year, the highest number in 16 years as Americans returned to the roads after the coronavirus pandemic forced many to stay at home.

Nearly 118 people died in U.S. traffic crashes every day last year, according to the agency’s figures. The Governors Highway Safety Association, a group of state traffic safety officials, blamed the increase on dangerous behavior such as speeding, driving while impaired by alcohol and drugs, and distracted driving, as well as “roads designed for speed instead of safety.”

 

 

 

Good Samaritans Help Driver Suffering Medical Episode

Facebook.com, Florida, May 11, 2022

If you watch any video in your feed today, make it this one. A group of Good Samaritans sprang into action on May 5 to help a woman who suffered a medical episode while driving on Woolbright Road.
As her car slowly entered the intersection at Congress Avenue, her co-worker raced across the street waving her arms to get the attention of other motorists. Her co-worker was in another car and saw her slumped over the steering wheel.
Several people got out of their cars and worked together to stop the moving car. One woman grabbed a dumbbell from her car and a man used it to smash the rear passenger’s side window. Another man then climbed through the window to unlock the passenger’s side door. The car was then put in park and the Good Samaritans pushed it to a nearby 7-Eleven parking lot where a nurse who was on the phone with 911 provided medical attention until the fire department arrives.

 

Eastbound traffic on Platte Avenue drives past the red-light camera at Platte Avenue and Chelton Road in April 2019. THE GAZETTE File

Red-Light Camera At Major Intersection In Colorado Springs Activated

Gazette.com, Colorado, May 5, 2022

Red-light cameras are coming to another busy intersection in Colorado Springs as part of the police department’s “Red-Light Safety Camera Program.” Police officials announced the activation of a camera system at Maizeland Road and Academy Boulevard on Thursday.

 

Red-Light Cameras Returning To River Forest

Oakpark.com, Illinois, April 28, 2022

After a delay of nearly two years, red-light cameras are returning to River Forest. Jeff Loster, director of public works and development services, said the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) gave the officials the green light on April 9 to reinstall three red-light cameras, one at Harlem and North avenues and the other two at Lake Street and Harlem Avenue.

 

A Roosevelt Boulevard speed camera in a May 2020 photo.STEVEN M. FALK / Staff Photographer

Speeding Tickets And Crashes Fell After Enforcement Cameras Came to Roosevelt Blvd.

The Inquirer, Philadelphia, May 10, 2022

Traffic on Roosevelt Boulevard has slowed notably over the nearly two years that automatic cameras have been enforcing speed limits on the 12-lane thoroughfare, which runs from the Schuylkill to the Bucks County line, Philadelphia Parking Authority data show.

“We’re seeing something that has succeeded better than we could have hoped for,” said Christopher Puchalsky, policy director for Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability.

 

A DOT chart shows speeding increases relative to the number of drivers when the city can’t issue tickets overnight and on weekends. NYC Department of Transportation

Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez’s Statement on 24/7 Speed Camera Agreement

NYC.gov, New York, May 20, 2022

New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez today released the following statement on the State Legislature’s agreement to renew the City’s School Zone Speed Camera program and expand hours of operation from 6am to 10pm on weekdays to 24 hours, seven days a week.

“Traffic safety has been the focus of all of our discussions with Albany lawmakers. The data speaks for itself: speed cameras save lives. With the majority of traffic fatalities now happening overnights and on weekends, expanding the automated enforcement hours of operation is a huge accomplishment for the City and for the safety of New Yorkers. This win wouldn’t have been possible without the leadership and support of Transportation Alternatives, Families for Safe Streets, Regional Plan Association (RPA), NY League of Conservation Voters, StreetsPAC, State Senator Andrew Gounardes, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, Speakers Carl Heastie, Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Mayor Eric Adams. We look forward to working with Speaker Adams and the Council to take this to the finish line. The DOT will continue working around the clock to reduce road fatalities throughout the city — and ensure we’re improving traffic safety in historically underinvested communities.”

 

 

A 2020 state law allows localities to erect cameras that monitor a motorist’s speed at highway work sites and school crossing zones. (Photo by Graham Moomaw)

More Virginia Communities Add Speed Cameras At School Crossing Zones — And That’s A Good Thing

Virginia Mercury, Virginia, April 7, 2022

No one should speed in school zones. There’s precious cargo going to and from school buildings, and signs and flashing lights with the appropriate speed limit reminding motorists to slow down.

Chesapeake will now join several other localities in the commonwealth that lighten wallets if you don’t ease up on the accelerator. Think of it as a mutual dietary plan.

“We’re trying to make it safe” for students, crossing guards and police officers, Chesapeake Police Officer Marc Lawrence told me. A one-day study found 2,000 motorists traveling at least 11 mph over the limit in just a single school zone, he added.

That’s unacceptable.

 

 

Speed cameras near Banks Way and the Roosevelt Boulevard in May 2020. STEVEN M. FALK / Staff Photographer

Speed Cameras Are Saving Lives And Should Stay | Editorial

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, May 19, 2022

If you travel along Philadelphia’s Roosevelt Boulevard, you may have noticed a change over the last two years — speeding incidents are down.

This 12-lane monstrosity dropped into the middle of residential neighborhoods has long been a source of traffic crashes, especially for nearby residents who make the daunting crossing on foot. The Boulevard includes two of America’s three deadliest intersections, and 13% of the city’s traffic deaths have occurred on it.